Crispy Venetian Squid with Raddichio di Treviso

Chef Andrea from La Bella Vita shares his recipe for a moreish crispy squid with crunchy Italian lettuce…

Crispy Venetian Squid served with lettuce

This delicious dish, made with fresh and seasonal ingredients, is a perfect second course but you can also serve it as an extravagant aperitif paired with a glass of cold prosecco. The squid is cooked in a typical Venetian style by soaking them in cold milk for few hours and then tossing them into a mix of rice and cornflour. To accompany, radicchio leaves are fried with a crispy and spicy batter seasoned with turmeric. Simply delicious!


4 medium squid (approx. 150g each)
200 ml milk
200g cornflour
100g rice flour
2l sunflower oil
600g radicchio di treviso (standard ridicchio is fine)
1 glass of beer
150g wheatflour
10g turmeric


  • To prepare, clean the squid by washing them in cold water
  • Cut the bodies into bitesize pieces
  • Cut the heads into halves, then marinade in milk before refrigerating for at least 2 hours
  • Carefully mix the cornflour with the rice flour in a bowl
  • Cut the radicchio into 4 wedges vertically, before washing and draining them
  • For the batter: mix the wheatflour, riceflour and turmeric powder in a bowl Slowly add the beer until it becomes smooth a smooth paste
  • Cover the bowl with cling film and keep it in the fridge. It’s very important to fry the food when it is cold to have a perfect, crispy and delicious finish
  • To cook: heat sunflower oil in a deep pan
  • Dunk the radicchio wedges into the cold batter, drain the excess and then carefully place in the oil to deep fry
  • Cook until it becomes crispy and brown, then place on a plate on top of kitchen paper
  • Drain the squids from the milk , then repeat the same process – cooking for 2-3 minutes Serve radicchio with squids and a big pinch of salt on top…  buon appetito!

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