Risi e bisi (Venetian Rice and Peas)

Frankprimi piatti, Risotto and Other Rice Dishes, Spring, Veneto16 Comments

Risi e bisi

Sweet, fresh peas in their pods can be hard to find, but when I spotted some in a local market I grabbed them up to make a delicious Springtime dish from the Veneto: risi e bisi, or rice and peas in Venetian dialect. Although it resembles a risotto, the technique … Read More

Risotto agli asparagi (Asparagus Risotto)

Frankprimi piatti, Risotto and Other Rice Dishes, Spring12 Comments

Asparagus Risotto

These days you can find asparagus in the market all year round but, for me, they signify Spring. This most noble of Spring vegetables can be made in an infinite variety of ways but perhaps my favorite is as a risotto. I like the flavor of asparagus so much that … Read More

Risotto al radicchio e Saint-André (Risotto with Radicchio and Saint-André Cheese)

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Risotto with Radicchio and Saint Andre Cheese

Risotto with Radicchio and Saint André Cheese is a dish that should prove that vegetarian dishes can be perfectly satisfying, even indulgent: a risotto made with vegetable broth, and flavored with a wonderful combination of bitter radicchio with the creamy savor of Saint-André cheese. Ingredients Serves 4-6 500g (1 lb) rice … Read More

An Italian Hannukah: Riso coll’uvetta (Rice with Raisins)

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Rice with Raisins

It may come as a surprise to some, but Italy has a Jewish tradition going back not just centuries, but millennia. A Jewish community existed in Rome dating from during the Roman Republic, even before the Empire, in the first centuries BCE. That presence grew during the late Middle Ages, … Read More

Tiella pugliese (Puglia Potato and Mussel Casserole)

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Tiella pugliese

Even though my paternal grandfather was from Grumo Appula, a small town outside Bari in the southeastern Italian region of Puglia, I don’t remember eating much pugliese food growing up. Other than a few dishes—orcecchiette with cime di rape (also known as broccoletti), that wonderful calzone di cipolla (onion pie) … Read More

Risotto alla «zucca» (Pumpkin Risotto)

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Risotto alla zucca

Risotto alla zucca, or pumpkin risotto, is one of the most popular autumn and winter risottos. Zucca is Italian for pumpkin, but Italian pumpkins are quite different from their American cousins: their taste is more intense and much sweeter, their texture finer, less fibrous. Most recipes aimed at the non-Italian cook recommend … Read More

Risotto al radicchio (Risotto with Radicchio)

FrankFall, primi piatti, Risotto and Other Rice Dishes, Veneto, Winter16 Comments

Risotto, as we all know, is an almost infinitely variable dish. You can pair rice with almost any meat, fish, vegetable or even fruit. One of the very finest ways to make risotto is with radicchio, whose mildly bitter flavor makes it a wonderful foil for the bland, almost sweet … Read More

Risotto alla crema di scampi (Risotto with Puréed Shrimp)

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  As I have mentioned before, Rome is not really risotto country. But there is at least one risotto dish that appears on almost every menu in town: risotto alla crema di scampi, or risotto with crayfish (or shrimp) purée. It is one of my favorite risotti, but I hadn’t … Read More