In 2007, the Sandrian chef Antonio Chemello, a keen sailor and curious about Querini’s exploits, decided to follow in his footsteps and retrace the route from Venice to Røst Island in Lofoten, where Querini and his few survivors were stranded after a terrible storm.
The action was supported and promoted by the Confraternity of Bacalà alla Vicentina, which has been preserving the original recipe of the typical Vicenza dish since 1987.
In 2012, on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the Confraternity of Bacalà alla Vicentina, Chef Chemello, together with other members of the brotherhood, decided to retrace Pietro Querini’s journey back from Røst to his native Venice.
This was made possible by studying the diaries of the nobleman Pietro Querini and his assistants Nicolò de Michele and Cristoforo Fioravante, written in 1433 after they return to Venice.
For some sections it was possible to obtain absolute certainty about the stages covered, while for other intermediate sections there are ambiguities which we have tried to resolve by following the general intentions of Querini’s scheme as expressed in his writing either explicitly or by deduction.
In the final part of the journey back to 2012, there is a deliberate slight deviation to honour the places that are currently showing the most interest in stockfish.