Zuppa pavese (Pavia Style Soup)

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Zuppa pavese

A humble soup in the cucina povera tradition, zuppa pavese from the Lombardy city of Pavia has a regal history behind it. Legend has it that French king Francis I, fleeing from defeat in a nearby battle, found himself in a peasant farmhouse where the lady of the house improvised a meal for her … Read More

Risotto ai funghi (Mushroom Risotto)

FrankLombardia, Piemonte, primi piatti, Risotto and Other Rice Dishes, Veneto6 Comments

Mushroom Risotto

Well, Autumn is well and truly upon us. We’re waking up to cool mornings and going to bed to downright chilly nights. And while our local farmers market is still full of peaches and tomatoes, a mushroom stand made its first appearance last week. Mushroom Risotto came immediately to mind. I love risotto … Read More

Milanese con insalata di pomodoro (Milanese Veal Chop with Tomato Salad)

FrankLombardia, secondi piatti, summer17 Comments

Veal Chop with Tomato Salad

I once knew a charming couple from Milan named Omer and Maria Grazia. My memory of them is a bit hazy by now—sadly, we lost contact and it’s been years since I’ve seen them—but two food-related memories still stick out in my mind. The first was the time I made … Read More

Asparagi alla milanese (Milanese Asparagus)

Frankantipasti, Lombardia, primi piatti, Spring23 Comments

Milanese Asparagua

Asparagi alla milanese, or Milanese asparagus, might just be the best known asparagus dish in the Italian repertoire. True to its Northern roots, it features butter and cheese, whose sweetness is the perfect offset to the somewhat astringent, slightly grassy taste of asparagus. A ‘sunny side up’ fried egg completes … Read More

Risotto alla milanese (Milanese-Style Risotto)

FrankLombardia, piatti unici, primi piatti, Risotto and Other Rice Dishes28 Comments

Risotto is one of the staples of northern Italian cooking, nowhere more so than in Lombardy. Risotto alla milanese is the dish that perhaps best typifies the cooking of Milan, the capital of Lombardy region and the economic and financial capital of Italy. This risotto follows the classic method for making … Read More

Fagiolini alla panna (Creamed Green Beans)

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Fagiolini alla panna (Creamed Green Beans)

When most people (myself included) think of Italian style green beans, fagiolini in umido (green beans in tomato sauce) is likely to come to mind or perhaps fagiolini all’agro, a simple green bean salad. Here is a less well known but perfectly delicious dish from Lombardia that I recent came … Read More

Tortelli di zucca (Homemade Pumpkin Ravioli)

FrankEmilia-Romagna, Fall, Lombardia, pasta, primi piatti, Winter29 Comments

homemade pumpkin ravioli

One of the nicest parts of this, my favorite season, is the arrival of wonderful produce: mushrooms, endive, chestnuts, cabbage, radicchio… but for me no other vegetable is as typical of the season as hard squashes. They are sometimes called ‘winter squashes’ but they start appearing in the early autumn and … Read More

Vitello tonnato (Tunnied Veal)

Frankantipasti, Lombardia, Piemonte, summer22 Comments

Vitello tonnato

If I had to mention one dish in the Italian repertoire that epitomizes elegant summer eating, this might well be it: vitello tonnato, also called vitel tonnè in dialect, which means’ tunnied veal’ or simply veal in tuna sauce. More often than not, though, it is called by its Italian name … Read More