Have a bite at Radisson's ongoing Milanese Food Festival
Warm yourself this winter with butter, cream and cheese at the Milanese Food Festival, on till the 29th of this month at the Radisson's Italia restaurant. Ensconced in the Alpine region of Lombardy in North Italy, Milan is famous not just for its fashion industry but also its distinct food culture that combines typical Lombardy cuisine with French, Swiss and even Spanish variants. "Unlike the rest of Italy, Milanese cuisine rests on a base of rice, beans and barley rather than pasta because of the cold weather," explains Chef Sreenivasan. This becomes evident when you order the minestra di riso e spinaci soup, which is a broth of Italian rice along with spinach. Cooked in carnaroli rice that replaces the rare Vialone nano, the soup is delicately flavoured and ideal for the Delhi winter. One can start with an asparagus and cheese/fried egg salad or a warm salad of mushrooms in garlic and white wine sauce. The more daring can even ask for a combination of the two! And be sure to ask for freshly ground pepper for your salad. On offer in the main course are various red meats including pork and veal. A typical dish to try would be the costolette alla Milanese, which is veal fillet, fried in breadcrumbs or bresato, a traditional home-cooked beef with winter vegetables. For those fond of seafood or wanting to avoid red meats, there is filleti di trota (fillet of trout). However, choice for vegetarians here is limited to just two dishes - ravioli or stuffed pasta and polenta (cornmeal) with Gorgonzola cheese. It is a Milanese speciality. The polenta, layered with mushrooms and Gorgonzola sauce, is interesting and an additional dash of pepper completes the flavour. Before you round off the meal, there is a dessert section waiting. You can choose from strawberry crumble tart, Amaretto biscuits and the traditional tartufo al cioccolato - sponge cake stuffed with chocolate and ice cream served with blueberry coulis. Rich and creamy, hard and soft, bitter and sweet, make sure that you go light on the main course if you want to pamper your taste buds with this many-layered pastry. Alternatively, you can go for the warm strawberry crumble tart, which has a delicate French flavour. A word of warning here - go only when you have the luxury of time!