In Ticino, homemade risotto is a culinary classic that can be enjoyed in almost every restaurant in the region. The people of Ticino are passionate lovers of this dish and like to spend hours discussing the perfect type of rice, the ideal white wine and the right cooking time to prepare the “one and only” risotto. They are particularly proud of the fact that the first Swiss rice was grown in the Terreni alla Maggia.
Rice has been grown in Ticino for just over twenty years. However, the original inspiration for risotto came much earlier from neighboring Italy. The dish found its way through the festive tables of Ticino, evolving into different variations that were combined with local produce and flavors.
Nowadays, risotto can be found almost everywhere in Ticino: in traditional grotti, where it is prepared in the traditional way, in gourmet restaurants, where each chef brings their own inspiration to the dish, and in village squares during carnival, where it is often served alongside the typical Luganiga sausage.
Risotto in Ticino is not only a delicious dish, but also a symbol of the region’s culinary diversity and proud identity. The people of Ticino value their traditional dishes and are at the same time open to new culinary creations and adaptations. Risotto is therefore a culinary experience that reflects the uniqueness of Ticino and captures the hearts of guests from all over the world.
Video Ascona – Betty Bossi in Kooperation mit Ticino Turismo und Ascona-Locarno
Did you know that rice is grown in Ticino? Together with Ticino Turismo, we got to the bottom of the Ticino risotto tradition in Ascona-Locarno on Lake Maggiore. We learned more about the cultivation of risotto rice and cooked a delicious tomato risotto with luganighetta, a Ticino sausage specialty, right next to one of the northernmost rice fields in Europe in our beautiful outdoor kitchen. Be as enchanted by Ticino as we are!
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