One of the most historically significant Italian regions, Veneto can be found in the North of Italy. Its neighboring regions are Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy, Trentino-Alto Adige, and Friuli-Venezia Giulia. It also shares a bit of border with Austria. Due to its varied topography, Veneto region’s cuisine can be grouped into three main categories: coastal, plains, and the mountains.

Like most coastal areas, seafood plays a major role in many of Venetian traditional dishes. One popular seafood dish from Veneto is Sarde in Saor, which is fried fresh sardine fillets with caramelized onions. Another notable seafood dish is Baccalà alla vicentina, which is salted cod with anchovies, onions, Grana Padano cheese, and milk.

In the plains, on the other hand, what’s popular are all kinds of grilled meat with vegetables, including grilled polenta. Popular pasta types are bigoli, fettuccine, gnocchi, and ravioli. In the mountains, they’re also fond of meat, but they’re either pork or game meat. And these are usually served with cheese, mushrooms, and polenta.