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The best risotto youve ever had?

Latley ive been really into risotto there are just so many things you can do with it. And a couple of weeks ago my aunt gave me a really great recipe for Marrrow Risotto I cooked it last night and I think it was the best ive ever had I was very impressed with myself.

Although im 3 quarters italian its something my family never cooked when I was a kid

My other favourite would have to be Lobster risotto and Quartro Formaggio risotto which I have great recipes for both

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  1. this time of year try a pomergranate/lemon Risotto - prepare risotto as with any other recipe,add juice of 1 pomergranate (reserve a handful of seeds for garnish) at end of laddling,add juice of 1/2 lemon as you stir during cooking.
    garnish with reserved pomergranate and zest of i/2 lemon.
    Hint: if you use wine in your recipe be sure to warm it before adding. enjoy

    1. Seafood, saffron, and zucchini risotto; super fragrant and rich...recipe from an old Cucina Italiana.

      1. I could live on risotto the rest of my life, that's how much I love it.

        A couple of years ago, at Canaletto in Las Vegas, I had one with small chunks of very tender, high quality beef (I don't remember off hand what cut it was), porchini and Armagnac instead of using wine. It was insanely rich and satisfying. Wish I could find a recipe similar!

        1. A foie gras risotto a couple of years ago at Umbria in Boston -now THAT was rich, but really amazing. A great risotto is so satisfying. I remember someone posted on the Boston board that they thought risotto was overrated and that it was bland and boring. Can you imagine? so sad.

          1. This is slightly OT - but what I think would be incredible is a Hazan recipe for risotto with Amarone - but the stuff is so *%# expensive.

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            1. re: MMRuth

              Wow - intriguing. That might be a good anniversary dinner. Which book is it in?

              1. re: Rubee

                I think Essentials - but I'll check when I get home.

            2. Best I ever had was at L'Impero in NYC. A Green Apple Risotto with Fois Gras and Balsamic Reduction.

              1. Honey-dipped, fried risotto balls served as an amuse at Woodlands Resort in Summerville, S.C. Both savory and sweet, I was tempted to ask if they could bring out more for dessert!

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                  1. re: Low Country Jon

                    I had a dessert the other day of coconut-crusted risotto balls with raspberry sauce- very, very good!

                  2. The two or three best risottos I've had were all the basic recipe with white wine and Reggiano.

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                    1. re: Robert Lauriston

                      Every one I make at home has those ingredients. No wonder everyone loves my home-cooked versions :-)

                      1. re: Robert Lauriston

                        That's how I prepare it, and in season I top with a little fresh picked dungeness crab.

                      2. I like to keep it simple. The best risotto I've ever had is the first perfect one I made myself with a rich stock I made myself. I have probably made "better" since then but the first was a revelation.

                        1. Hands down, the zucchini flower risotto at restaurant Costanza in Rome near the Campo D'Fiori. This is probably the single best dish of any kind that I have eaten in my life.

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                          1. re: Mr. Cookie

                            Didn't have that at Costanza, but had a zucchini flower risotto (btw, that's apparently rizzoat for those of you in NJ, lol) at Natalino in Firenze. Wonderful. Couldn't wait to for my own zucchini blossoms to start coming up so I could try it at home. In fact, I'm cooking some tonight.

                          2. One of two that I cook a lot.
                            Either a dandelion risotto, or a simple seafood risotto made with just the (rich) broth from the seafood.

                            1. Oh, and I just thought of Joe H's famous thread (Pistachio and Gorgonzola risotto). I linked to one of the posts below. I made it a few years ago, and it was as spectacular as he says, but very rich - small portions are the way to go on this one. I also used the leftovers to make arancini, and they came out great too.


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                              1. re: Rubee

                                I am still intimidated by that recipe. It just seems like there is not enough liquid and too much cheese, but everyone swears it is fantastic. How does it not end up like cheese pudding? Or is that the idea?

                                1. re: antepiedmont

                                  I did have to add a little more liquid, I think. But yes, it was very rich and a bit "heavier" than some risottos.

                              2. a seafood risotto in Viareggio, Tuscany. I've never been able to make such an amazing seafood risotto at home. Also very good: recipes from the Gangivecchio (sicilian food) cookbooks - pesto, zucchini, and potato, and calabaza and walnut.

                                1. I had a pretty good Risotto today in Chicago with Butternut squash and mushrooms.

                                  But the absolute BEST was a few years ago at Rebecca's in Greenwich CT during truffle season. They made a wonderful wild mushroom risooto and shaved many slices of truffle on top. It was well worth the $30 surcharge

                                  1. Lobster risotto at Hotel Isle d'France on St. Barth.

                                    1. Lidia's pumpkin risotto. I don't even know if it's still on the menu, but it used to come served in a copper pot. It was one of the first risotto's I experienced back in the early 90's.

                                      Also, there's french guy who has a place out in the hamptons called Indian Cove. He used to be a chef at The Pierre. He makes a fabulous seafood risotto.

                                      When at home, we make the chicken stock, white wine, porcini, parm reggiano, touch of butter at the end ...version.

                                      1. Black truffle risotto.

                                        1. The best thing I like about risotto is making risotto cakes the next day with the left overs. Just form it by hand, season the outside with salt/pepper, and pan fry in some olive oil until it turns brown and crispy on the outside. Throw a couple of over-easy eggs on top and I'm a happy boy.

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                                          1. re: LStaff

                                            I love risotto cakes. Alwasy make extra so we can have them the next day. Went to see my mom this weekend- who recently had some oral surgery. I made her some risotto for dinner. She loves tarragon. SO I poached some chicken in stock flavored with fresh tarragon leaves. Shredded the chicken, and made the risotto, adding the chicken and a bit more tarragon at the end ( with the butter and cheese, of course!). It was really good, and the rosotto cakes the next day were tasty, too.

                                          2. My best was a gorganzola risotto at Bice in Milan. Just delicious.

                                            1. The mention of the foie gras risotto above reminds me of the liver risotto I had at an Italian place in a strip mall on Hilton Head about 7 years ago. It was wonderful but they gave me a huge portion. It was rich too, so I only needed a little.

                                              One of my favorite ways to cook risotto is a "Cream of Tomato" version that I got from the "New Basics" cookbook. Canned tomatoes work just fine in this. (on edit): Oh, and roasted butternut squash risotto too!

                                              1. Boy, I'd love the recipe for your lobster risotto. If you don't mind posting, I could use it next weekend. Thanks

                                                1. A risotto milanese I made from a recipe on the back of a box of Roland arborio rice. This is basic risotto - white wine, saffron, parmigiano reggiano - which, as some of the other posters have said, often makes for the best dish.

                                                  1. Beet and goat cheese - pink but delicious

                                                    1. It was one I had made at home from a recipe here... Gorgonzola Dolce with a sprikle of pomegranate seeds... just PERFECT... :)


                                                      1. Now you Hounds go me thinkin'

                                                        I've got some AKC legs in my freezer I should do something with. Now I'm thinking crab risotto.
                                                        Shell them, make a crab stock, garnish with huge chunks of crab meat.


                                                        1. White truffle risotto at Tony's in St. Louis. The aroma filled the entire room. Perhaps the single most memorable dish I've ever had in any restaurant anywhere.

                                                          1. A wild mushroom risotto at Galletto's in Westlake Village. They wheeled it out inside a hollowed out Parmiggiano the size of a bus wheel. Then they scraped a lot of the parm - softened from the steam, I suppose - into the risotto at the last minute. A fun presentation, and quite tasty.

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                                                            1. re: Snackish

                                                              Sounds awesome. And it begs the question: How did you roll the Doggie-Bag home?

                                                              1. re: Snackish

                                                                I'm not a big fan of risotto - I can't explain it, really - but I'll make an exception for wild mushroom risotto. Maybe it's the contrast of the earthy mushroom flavour with the creamy rice... It's the only one I like.

                                                              2. Best I've ever had was at Fortuny at the Hotel Cipriani on Guidecca near Venice: "risotto mantecato alle verdure di stagione e fiori di zucca" for two. Amazing. Didn't hurt that it was served in a stunningly beautiful dining room, or that the restaurant had sent a private launch over to pick us up in Venice.

                                                                Best risotto I've had in Boston in recent memory was at MarcO, a risotto of many mushrooms. It had that elusive creamy-chewy quality that reflects long, slow, carefully-tended stovetop cooking.

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                                                                1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                  without a doubt the bone marrow risotto I had in Genoa a couple years ago

                                                                2. I would love this recipe for Marrow Risotto...thanks linda

                                                                  1. Butternut squash risotto with the slightest undertone of sage, at Emmy's Spaghetti Shack in San Francisco. So simple, but so hard to replicate at home - I've tried several times!

                                                                    1. In Varenna on Lake Como I had a red wine risotto with smoked cheese. it was incredible. To make it I think I would just substitute the traditional white wine with red and use a good smoked cheese at the end. it was not too smoky.

                                                                      1. Three: First, the perfect uni risotto one night at Ca' del Sole in North Hollywood, second, the white truffle risotto at Locanda Veneta a year or so ago, and third, the barley and asparagus risotto that I made in February. The only cheese I had in the house to stir in was brie, and it was perfectly delicious.

                                                                        1. I found a recipe for a broccoli and cheddar (not a combo I generally like) risotto in Moosewood's Simple Suppers that's quickly become a favorite. The risotto is started with beer or ale, although I always use hard cider as that's what I have on hand. Even my husband, who despises risotto, won't protest too much when I make this recipe.

                                                                          1. Champagne Risotto at the Hotel Swiss (not as fancy as it sounds) in Bellagio on Lake Como.

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                                                                            1. re: suse

                                                                              Hands down, the Risotto all'Amarone at Bottega del Vino in Verona, Italy.