Risotto Al Funghi
I am, undeniably, a big fan of Italian cuisine. I was very much excited to go to Don Beppe Pizza and Pasta for the Davao Food Appreciation Tour 2011. I had been there with my cousins before and I love their pizza and pasta dishes. For DFAT 2011, they also gave us samplers of their risotto dishes.
Risotto is a creamy Italian rice dish similar to the Spanish paella. To cook risotto, short grain rice is cooked with garlic, onions, or other aromatics and olive oil to coat the rice grains with a film of fat preventing it from absorbing too much liquid. If the grains are not coated properly, the resulting risotto is usually soggy.
After this, wine is added until it all evaporates. Finally, the rice is slowly cooked in a meat or vegetable broth to slowly bring out the starch. Other ingredients such as mushrooms, seafood, or meat is added towards the end. And cheese is usually added on top of the risotto when it is served.
Risotto, when cooked properly, is said to be creamy with the rice grains standing up together like jelly. When you bite into the rice, each grain is still al dente.
Risotto looks like a simple dish, but when cooked correctly, each spoonful of the dish has a burst of flavor which combines the subtle starchy taste of the rice with the flavor of the broth it was cooked in.
The most common risotto served in most Italian restaurants I have eaten in is Risotto Al Funghi or Mushroom Risotto. Don Beppe served us this dish and it was delicious. The earthy taste of the mushrooms complemented the starchiness of the rice.
Another risotto dish they served us was Oyster Risotto. It didn’t have a lot of oyster pieces but it seemed like the rice was cooked in oyster broth because the oyster taste was apparent in each bite of the Oyster Risotto. It was a delight for the seafood lovers.
Risotto is usually eaten as a first course. I suggest eating it in small portions and with something acidic, either wine or soda so as to cut through the creaminess of the dish.
To try out Don Beppe’s delicious risotto, visit them in their current location now at Door 4 of LDL Building, Bonifacio Street, Davao City or visit their new location opening at the Rooftop of Gaisano Mall of Davao.
DON BEPPE PIZZA AND PASTA
Address: Door 4 of LDL Building, Bonifacio Street, Davao City
Contact Number: +6382-2210852
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