The Lombardia region of Italy
the Cotoletta alla Milanese or Milanese veal cotlete is a classic and savory second course dish from Milan
4 veal cutlets, 2 eggs (beaten), 1/2 cup finely ground breadcrumbs, lightly toasted in the oven, 3/4 cup butter (halve this if you use a non-stick pan)
Taking an aperitivo in Italy is very fashionable, not least in the glamourous city of Milan. An aperitivo (or aperitif in English) is traditionally considered to be a pre-dinner drink, served to stimulate the appetite before a meal. At most bars throughout Italy, drinks are served with a bit of potato chips and olives to snack on. But, in many bars throughout Milan, the idea of an aperitivo has since grown to include enough food to serve as a replacement dinner.
Risotto allo zafferano, together with the classic cotoletta alla milanese steak, is almost an obligation if you find yourself in Milan. This dish of rice with saffron was invented in 1574 for the wedding banquet of the daughter of a master glassmaker who was working on the city's Cathedral.
Saffron was used to produce the yellow colour in many artworks of the period and the cook for the occasion wanted to pay homage to the father. Many tests were needed to get a palatable tint, but his idea was such a success that the yellow rice became very popular and remianed one of the most caracteristic dishes of the city and region.
The classic ingredients are onions, grana padana cheese and beef marrow. In 1891, Pellegrino Artusi in his 'La Scienza in Cucina and l'Arte di Mangiare Bene', mentions three variants of the risotto alla milanese, from lighest to richest and, since 2007, the dish has been formally recognized by the Milan Municipality as a De.Co. (Denominazione Comunale) together with Panettone, Ossobuco, Cassoeula and Michetta bread.
Lombardia is a region of enormous historical and cultural interest, a land full of antique traditions, legends, mystery and folklore. The following itinerary has been proposed by the Associazione Culturale Itinerari based in Sesto Calende to put the visitor on the trail of witches, fairies and ghosts.
Harlequin, or Arlecchino, the famous masked comedy figure with his multi-coloured costume and devious tricks, apparently lived in the village of Oneta in Val Brembana in the province of Bergamo. The house was originally built in the 4th century and is located near the ancient via Mercantorum.