My Italian kitchen: Folpetti alla veneziana or Venetian-style baby octopus

Hello my dear readers,

Another Friday is here and another week has gone. I feel like we are in Dr. Who’s Tardis πŸ™‚

Ready for the weekend? Ready for an aperitivo? You know, in my family, Friday evening we have a tradition: aperitivo time πŸ™‚

And with an aperitif of course we need some delicious food πŸ˜‹

When you enter the bacaro in Venice, between all the delicacies you will definitely find boiled baby octopus. An easy to prepare dish that satisfies both adults and children.

Baby octopus have always been the protagonists of poor cuisine in Venice. They were boiled, fried or grilled. Today they are part of the famous “antipasto alla venexiana” along with the canocchia (canocia), with cuttlefish eggs, shrimps, an appetizer of boiled fish, served with oil, lemon and boiled potatoes which can be served also as a street food.

Baby octopus, a good extra virgin olive oil, fresh parsley, garlic and lemon are the main components of this exquisite appetizer. Simple and poor ingredients but a super delicious dish.

Venetian style baby octopus_recipe_Popsicle Society


  • baby octopus
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • black pepper
  • salt
  • fresh lemon juice
  • fresh parsley

How to do it:

Wash and clean very well the baby octopus. In a large saucepan put plenty of water and once the water is boiling, dip the baby octopus. Cook for about half an hour, 40 minutes, making sure it will not harden too much, as longer it boils and harder will become.

In the meantime, prepare your dressing with finely chopped parsley, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, fresh lemon juice, salt & pepper.

Turn off the heat and drain your baby octopus. Cut them in half and season with the dressing.

Is so so simple yet so delicious!

With a glass of wine or prosecco, is perfect for an appetizer or as a meal served with boiled potatoes.

Venetian style baby octopus_Popsicle Society

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Thank you for reading 🌸😊

Have a wonderful weekend πŸ₯‚

29 thoughts

  1. Hey Ribanna! Welcome to another happiest weekendπŸ˜„ Loved your dish especially the baby octopus. We eat octopus more like perfect South indian style. Because I’m South Indian πŸ˜‚. Italian way is something I’ve tasted it before with touch of chilli masala. Should try without it the way you did it. I’m sure I’m going to love it.πŸ˜ŽπŸ‘ wonderful post Ribanna βœ¨πŸ‘

    1. Hi Simon, thank you for reading! I’m glad you like it and I’m glad you eat it too πŸ™‚ Of course every country has its own way of doing it πŸ™‚ I’m sure will be pretty good with a touch of chili too πŸ™‚ Have a wonderful weekend Simon! πŸ™‚

  2. Is there are really people that still saying good blog and good post πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ sorry I can’t help it 🀭🀭🀭
    Aperitivo time?? I believe it’s not you in that picture opening that bottle right ?? 😁😁
    Folpetti alla veneziana πŸ™„πŸ™„damn I need one week to prononce it πŸ˜‚
    I actually love sea food in general and octopus is so delicious when well done and you seem the expert in doing it πŸ‘πŸ˜‹
    I’ll buy the wine and you will make the octopus πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
    Make the portion a bit bigger eh?? 😁
    Have a great Monday πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ₯‚πŸ₯‚πŸ§ΈπŸ§ΈπŸ§Έ

    1. Yep πŸ™‚
      Nope, not me in the picture πŸ™‚ You know, I’m not able to open the bottle πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
      Deal! You come with the wine, I’ve bought the octopus πŸ™‚
      Double portion for you πŸ™‚

      1. You should learn to open the bottle eh?? You’re an Italian! Otherwise they will withdraw the nationality from you πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
        Ok deal then 😊 wine on me and ready to eat double portions 😁😁

      2. True! I should learn to open a damn bottle πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
        Can’t wait πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ₯‚πŸ₯‚πŸ₯‚πŸ§ΈπŸ§ΈπŸ§ΈπŸ§ΈπŸ·πŸ·πŸ·

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