Venice actually started out as a bay of communities which combined in alliance for defence against the Lombards and other invaders in the 7th century, since the Byzantine Empire’s power began to decline in North Italy.
One of the most influential foods from abroad that have affected Venetian cooking is white cod fish that comes from the Baltic Sea. You will notice when you are in a coastal region of Venice that the menu at the local restaurant offers a wide variety of dishes involving seafood.
The Frittelle alla Veneziana is actually a traditional Venetian carnival dessert since the Renaissance period invented by Scappi, the Pope’s personal cook. Due to its increased popularity, it spread across the state in the 18th century as the “National Dessert”.