Cotolette alla milanese (Milanese Veal Chops)

FrankLombardia, Spring8 Comments

One of the pillars of Milanese cuisine, cotoletta alla milanese  is nothing more than a breaded veal chop browned in butter. It’s so typical, in fact, of the cooking of Milan that if you just ask for ‘una milanese’ in a restaurant in Italy, this is what you’ll be served. Simple … Read More

Gnocchi al gorgonzola (Potato Gnocchi with Gorgonzola Sauce)

Frankgnocchi, Lombardia, primi piatti, Winter8 Comments

  It’s Thursday, and the Romans out there will know that Thursdays in Rome (and perhaps in the rest of Italy, I’m not entirely sure…) is gnocchi day: giovedi’ gnocchi as the saying goes. Today’s offering is gnocchi with gorgonzola sauce. Here’s how you make this incredibly rich and unctuous … Read More

How to Make Homemade Polenta

FrankCampania, Lazio, Lombardia, piatti unici, Piemonte, polenta, reference, Veneto44 Comments

How to Make Homemade Polenta

Homemade polenta is one of the most emblematic dishes of the northern Italian cuisines from the Veneto to Lombardia to Piemonte. It is also one of the oldest foods eaten in Italy, dating back at least to 990 BCE. In its original form, polenta—known to the ancient Romans as pulmentum—was … Read More

Pizzoccheri alla valtellinese (Buckwheat Pasta from the Italian Alps)

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Nothing says ‘winter’ to me like pizzoccheri alla valtellinese, an Alpine buckwheat pasta dish oozing with melted cheese and winter vegetables, a typical dish of the Valtellina in the uppermost stretches of Lombardia, a fairly narrow valley region running northeast from the Lago di Como along the border with Switzerland. … Read More

Brasato al vino rosso (Beef Braised in Red Wine)

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Brasato al vino rosso

There’s nothing like a good pot roast on a cold winter’s day! Though it may come as a surprise to some, Italians also make pot roast, which is known variously as brasato or stracotto, but with a ‘continental’ twist: the favorite cooking medium for Italian pot roast is red wine. … Read More

Buseca alla milanese (Milanese-Style Tripe)

FrankLombardia, secondi piatti5 Comments


As we’ve mentioned before on this blog, Saturday is tripe day in Rome… sabato trippa, as the saying goes. The tripe served in our house is usually alla romana, but today I made something a bit different: buseca (which is Milanese dialect for tripe). While Roman-style tripe is quite assertive, … Read More

Ossobuco alla milanese

FrankFall, Lombardia, piatti unici, secondi piatti, Winter31 Comments

Ossobuco alla milanese

Perhaps the most emblematic dish of the cuisine of Lombardy, the northern Italian region of which Milan is the capital, ossobuco (or oss bus in Milanese dialect) is veal shank, cut into thick rounds of shank meat around a marrowbone. It is typically served with risotto alla milanese, one of … Read More

Risotto: The Basic Recipe

FrankLombardia, primi piatti, reference, Risotto and Other Rice Dishes, Veneto8 Comments

Risotto: The Basic Recipe

Risotto is Italy’s unique contribution to rice cookery. At its most basic, the rice is toasted with a flavor base of sautéed onion, then simmered in broth that is added ladleful by ladleful. When the rice is nearly cooked, it is vigorously stirred with grated cheese (and sometimes a knob of … Read More