When I see something wonderful to eat, my heart beats just a little bit faster. In the case of the sensational Fritto Misto (fried squid and shrimp) served on the boat, it was pounding. And it continued racing with the first bite of the Risotto Gò. But it slowed to its normal rate when the plate of cookies was set down on our table for dessert. “What’s that?”, I asked pointing to the rather nondescript baked items. Monica and our table mates all smiled like they had a secret and answered, “Bussolà!” Okay, I thought, but they don’t look very interesting…and absolutely nothing was registering on the amazing food heart palpitation meter. Then I had a bite.My oh my! Light, buttery and heavenly can only start to describe this blissful cookie. Its rich taste is similar to an English shortbread or French sable. You really can’t judge a book by its cover (or a cookie by its crunch like sbrisolona, but I digress).
A traditional sweet from the island of Burano, known for its brightly colored houses and handmade lace, the cookie goes by a few different names depending on the shape. The dough recipe is the same. These are called Esse Buranei because the shape is an “S” and Buranei is dialect for Burano. Bussolà Buranello is the name of the circle shape and the origin comes from busa which means “hole” in dialect. A log form is also acceptable. Same taste, different shape and all can be enjoyed with morning coffee, as a snack or after dinner with a vin santo, dessert wine or grappa. Dipping is always allowed. Sort of an all-purpose, anytime cookie.
Local bakeries on Burano specialize in Bussolà.Marco, the young chef at the marvelous La Terrazza restaurant at Albergo al Sole in Asolo, grew up not far from Venice. After several years of cooking at a renowned Venetian restaurant, he has now made his mark with his exceptional food in this charming hilltop town. Chef Marco was kind enough to share his special Esse Buranei recipe with me.
No matter what the shape, the taste is outstanding and I hope that even before that first bite, your heart will beat just a little bit faster.
I’m not just enthusiastic about travel—I live travel, each and every day. From plotting out my clients’ next great escape, to logging airmiles on my own adventures (I always have a suitcase packed and at the ready!), travel drives me in everything I do.
I’ve learned a few things along the way, and I’d love to share them with you. Learn a bit more about my journey to founding my own travel agency—it involves quite a few glasses of Italian wine!
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