A nice day as a farewell to the summer in a fishermen’s small town is always a pleasant idea, especially if concluded with dinner al fresco.
Marano Lagunare is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Udine in the Italian region Friuli-Venezia Giulia, located about 50 kilometres (31 mi) northwest of Trieste and about 35 kilometres (22 mi) south of Udine.
It is a lovely fishermen’s town, under the domain of Venice since 1543, as can be noticed by the numerous buildings, particularly by the imposing bell tower in the center of the town.
Marano remained under the Republic of Venice for almost 400 years, this historic seaside village is very proud of its past which can be observed everywhere in the historic center, the dialect, and its typically maritime gastronomy.
A typical apetizer is the Fasolari.
Usually served with a glass of white Franciacorta or Friulano wine.
Another favorite dish is octopus with potatoes, here served also with cherry tomatoes.
And a main course of mixed grilled fish and seafood.
The Ostaria Porta Del Mar (pictured below), is one of the most traditional restaurants in Marano, it overlooks the marina and the “Pescheria Vecja” (fish market).