Traditional Lombardi Dishes
Some of the most popular food tours in the world can be found in Milan, as it is rich in culture and provides the perfect experience for foodies. When I think of Lombardi recipes, one of the dishes that comes to mind is risotto. I suppose it is one of those recipes associated with Lombardi. What might be interesting to know is that this part of Italy has a very diverse culture and has combined a lot of these cultural dishes. Many of the dishes prepared in Lombardi are extravagant, while keeping it traditional. Many of the dishes prepared here has been passed down from generation to generation. Italy is known for delicious pasta meals, but in Lombardi, they prefer rice and polenta over pasta. So what are some of the traditional dishes in this part of Italy?
Cotoletta alla Milanese
Think of a veal cutlet which still has the bone in, crusted and fried in butter. That by itself already sounds like a heavenly meal. What happens next is they top it with some tomato, arugula and grana. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.
Gnocchi di zucca
Hearty, tasty and a perfect combination of the best ingredients creates this delicious dish. This pumpkin gnocchi is prepared by boiling in season squash. It then goes through a sieve with some other ingredients for a smoother texture. This mixture is formed into little dumplings and boiled in some salt water. From there, you can play around with the toppings, but one of the famous toppings is blue cheese sauce. If you want to experience sophistication, paired with a splash of tradition, I highly recommend Ada & Augusto in Milan. The ingredients used are grown on the farm the restaurant is located. You are sure to get the freshest ingredients right on your plate.
If you are someone who likes intense, yet delicate flavors, this sausage is one of the best gems prepared in this region. This sausage includes minced pork and the pork fat. Traditionally, this is prepared with a creamy risotto which is prepared with parmesan cheese, broth and wine.
Risotto alla pilota
It is a known fact that the people of this region prefers butter to oil and this dish proofs that right. Pork and salami is fried in (you guessed it) butter while the rice is boiling away. When you marry these ingredients and add just the right combination of spices, you have yourself a hearty dish. This would usually be pared with more pork to make it a complete dish. I had some of the best risotto recently when dining at Asola in Milan, which is definitely worth making a trip to.
This is a unique and delicate pasta prepared by locals of Lombardi. You can pair these noodles with some of your own favorite pasta sauces, but there are ways to keep it traditional. The secret to this delicacy is to use part whole meal flour and part buckwheat flour. Asparagus, broccoli and chickpeas are some of the added ingredients used to create a delicious pasta meal.
Traditionally this decadent cake like bread is eaten during the festive season, but can be prepared at any time. There is a long story behind the origins of this bread. Apparently there was a cook who was supposed to prepare a feast for the court. When he burned the original cake, he had to come up with a quick plan. With only flour, sugar, eggs and raisins in the pantry, he prepared what is not called Panettone, although he called it Toni’s bread.
Who does not want a sweet treat every now and then? This sweet, gooey and crunchy nougat is made with the finest ingredients. The ingredients include egg whites, sugar, honey and almonds. This treat was first served at a local wedding and has become quite the crowd pleaser. Today, this is one of the popular Lombardy sweet treats.
Any desert that does not require cooking is a winner in my eyes. Butter, sugar, almonds, cocoa powder and biscuits create this irresistible and tempting treat. Traditionally, you want to use bitter cocoa when preparing it. It’s a great recipe to try out with your kids as well
There is something remarkable about traditional dishes. It is the culture and the stories behind it that makes it interesting and mystical. These dishes have been part of Lombardi’s culture for decades and will be in the decades to come. Any region that prefers butter over oil is a winner in my book. With a capital like Milan, one would expect some culinary creations. Food events are done often in this region and I would encourage you to attend as many as possible. Some of these events include:
Corso di Sake Sommelier SSA a Milano
Lombardi offers a lot of variety and every city in the regions seems to have its own special dishes. This region is a tourist’s dream destination because it does not only offer delicious cuisine, but also beautiful landscapes and welcoming locals.