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December 24, 2012


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I think risotto would be a delicious holiday dish. Love it with the gorgonzola. Enjoy and have a very merry Christmas holiday.

Alicia (foodycat)

Gorgeous! I prefer gorgonzola piccante for eating, but I definitely think the dolce would be a better flavour for this! Merry Christmas Simona!


We are sold on trying this risotto, and also on obtaining a copy of Tales of Risotto. While we also love risotto, it is not part of our culinary background either so a comprehensive guide would be quite welcome. We agree with your decision to forgo the tomatoes. It gives good reason to make it again some summer when they are in season again.

Paolo @ DisgracesOnTheMenu

Wonderful risotto, Simona, one of my favorites! Thanks for the info on Tales of Risotto, sounds fascinating. I also prefer Carnaroli rice, BTW :) Happy Holidays!

Simona Carini

Ciao Val. I totally agree! Happy Holidays to you too.

Ciao Alicia. Gorgonzola piccante has quite a personality. I like it too. I so wish I could make a decent version at home, Happy Holidays to you!

Our background is quite similar, DueSpaghetti, so I understand. I am glad living in Milan made me know a different side of rice (one day I will write about riso in bianco). And you are right: when tomatoes are in season, I will try again. Buone Feste!

Ciao Paolo. I am glad I touched a sweet note with this risotto. Happy Holidays to you too!

Lori Lynn

Hi Simona! I absolutely adore your snowy white risotto! Love gorgonzola, this would be my first risotto choice off any Italian menu...or maybe second only to winter truffles...
Wishing you a fabulous 2013.
Buon Natale my friend!

Simona Carini

Thank you so much, Lori Lynn. All the best in the New Year to you as well.

My Italian Smörgåsbord

lovely classic Simona, thank you for sharing this elegant recipe with us. I have never been by Como, but I know I'd love it. and even more so after your enthusiastic description. Buon anno!!!


I love the audio recordings, it added this wonderful element to an already great blog post.
Thanks for sharing with Pantry Party!

Simona Carini

Thanks, Barbara. I hope you get to visit Como and the lake soon. Buon Anno anche a te!

Thanks, Elizabeth. It was my pleasure to contribute to the event.

Frank @Memorie di Angelina

I didn't grow up eating risotto, either. It was pasta all the time! But when I did come to know it in early adulthood, it was love at first bite. I know many Italians turn up their noses at adding cream to risotto, and for the most part I agree, but there are some risotti that really do well with a bit of cream. It balances out the bitterness of radicchio, for example, very nicely, to my taste at least. With the already creamy gorgonzola, on the other hand, I I suppose it could be 'gilding the lily'…

Thanks for the book recommendation. It sounds terrific!

Simona Carini

Thank you so much, Frank, for your comment and for sharing your perspective on using cream in risotto. I skipped that ingredient. I am wondering however, how the balance would change when I make it again using tomatoes. I won't know until the new tomato crop. Happy New Year!

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