Discover the local cuisine in Milan! From the 1st of May to the 31st of October 2015, Milan will host Expo 2015, an Universal Exhibition entirely devoted to the theme of nutrition, with its claim being “Feeding the Planet. Energy for Life”.
This means that the city will be, during these six months, the world capital of Food. Expo 2015’s pavilions, clusters and thematic areas will focus on this topic, inviting visitors to reflect on important issues such a sustainability, healthy practices and preservation of diversity. And it will also be a chance to discover delicacies from all over the world. That said, it would be a pity coming to Milan without having at least tasted some local specialties.
Here’s a quick guide to Milanese cuisine, provided by the team of Easy Expo 2015 to taste the best food in Milan and local cuisine in Milan.
Milanese cuisine may not be as famous as other Italian regional cuisines, such as, for example, Neapolitan or Sicilian. This doesn’t mean that it isn’t as much as interesting. But it’s also necessary to say that Milanese cuisine is actually quite different from the stereotypical Italian cuisine, so forget about pasta al pomodoro or pizza. A fundamental diversity consists in one of its main ingredients: not olive oil, but butter. With its rich and nourishing dishes, Milanese cuisine is, indeed, quite “wintry”. It also is, in its roots, a cuisine that relied on poor ingredients, such as entrails, rice and corn.
Milanese cuisine is renowned for two specific dishes, as to say Risotto alla milanese (milanese risotto with saffron) and Cotoletta alla milanese. The first one consists in a savory risotto flavored with saffron, often served, especially during winter time, along with ossobuco, a cross-cut of veal shanks braised with vegetables, wine and broth. The second one is a veal breaded cutlet (somehow similar to the wienerschnitzel, even if the locals will tell you that the Austrians stole the recipe from Milan during their 18th-19th century domination). Traditionally, it should be served with its bone. Another version of this dish is known as Cotoletta a orecchio di elefante (meaning “elephant ear cutlet”), due to its large and thin shape.
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However, Milanese cuisine isn’t just about Risotto and Cotoletta. Another interesting recipe is Cassoeula, a dish mainly consisting in various parts of pork (skin, head, nose, ears and so on), Savoy cabbage and vegetables. Mondeghili, meatballs made from leftovers, are tasty too. Polenta, served with a wide variety of side dishes, is another key element of this traditional cuisine. And it’s impossible to forget about two exquisite Milanese sweets: the first one, increasingly popular all over the world, is Panettone, a traditional soft Christmas sweet with raisins and candied fruit.
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Less known but incredibly good, is Barbajada, consisting of coffee, hot chocolate and whipped cream.
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Feeling hungry? Then don’t miss your chance to discover this typical Italian food. But take in mind: even in Milan, it isn’t so easy to find a true Milanese restaurant!