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soft-shelled crabs from the Venetian lagoon

Moleche (singular moleca) or moeche or mo'eca in Venetian, are caught in spring and fall when they lose their shells; generally soaked in egg and flour and deep fried.

If they're caught in late summer when they're trying to reproduce, they're called masanete.

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Images by: Yuri Long