APRIL EVENT: Regional food Tour Around Italy – Lombardy Region

On Thursday the 26th April it is the turn of the exquisite dishes from Lombardy Region. A five course set menu with pairing wines. Lombardy is a region in Northern Italy. Its capital, Milan, is a global hub of fashion and finance, with many high-end shops and restaurants. Its Gothic Duomo di Milano cathedral and Santa Maria delle Grazie convent, housing Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of “The Last Supper,” testify to centuries of art and culture.

THE FOOD

Risotto is considered one of the most typical first courses in Lombardy and in particular the Risotto alla Milanese. Saffron gives this dish its signature golden colour and comes from the former practice of adding gold leaf to the rice. Rice is also used in soups and vegetable minestrone. Polenta is considered as important an ingredient as rice, especially in the mountains parts of the region. It is served with cheese, small birds, and butter, of course. You will find Pizzoccheri a type of homemade, tagliatelle-like pasta, made from buckwheat flour and served with boiled vegetables and Bitto, a locally produced mixed cow and sheep’s milk cheese. Whereas in Mantua, you will be served Tortelli di Zucca ravioli-like pasta stuffed with rich, sweet pumpkin. Cattle has been raised in the plains since the age of the Lombards, which gave birth to considerable dairy production, perfected by the Cistercians monks during the Middle Ages.

THE WINE

Although Lombardy is developing a reputation for its sparkling wines from Franciacorta and Oltrepò Pavese, the wine industry has less importance here than the region’s other industries. Lombardy offers some outstanding conditions for vine growth with influences from the Alps to the North, the lakes of Garda, Iseo, Como and Maggiore and the Apennines in the south. Its wines offer great variety and character, with a mixture of modern and traditional, as well as native and foreign grape varieties. The region’s sparkling wine industry is buoyant with some fine bottle fermented Pinot Nero based wines coming from the productive Oltrepò Pavese area. These are produced according to what is known as metodo classico classese and there is now a Oltrepò Pavese Metodo Classico DOCG. The tank method is also commonly used although it is the metodo classico wines of which the Lombardians are most proud.

Don’t miss out on another amazing Food Tour Around Italy! £42.50 for a five course set Menu with pairing wines all from the Italian region of Lombardy.

Any questions, please feel free to call us on 01279 792002 or email us on info@marcositalianrestaurant.co.uk

Menu will follow soon

Best Wishes

Marco & team

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