Ok so you will have realised from the title that I have diverged a little from this months Yum Char theme. The reason for my straying is to share a recipe with you that is inspired by a recent trip to Italy. I was fortunate to travel to Italy for the last 2 weeks in April spending most of that time around Milan and the Veneto regions in the north of Italy.
The dish is inspired by a meal I had with one of our Italian suppliers in a restaurant located right at the gates of the Villa Reale di Monza. A stones throw away from the famous Autodromo Nazionale Monza motor racing circuit.
The atmosphere of the restaurant was full of old worldly charm with the foyer more reminiscent of an old school gentlemen’s club with its beautifully detailed dark wood panelling and canvas portraits presented in heavily gilded frames. The meal itself, like all good Italian fair was simple and uncomplicated. Showcasing the flavours of hand picked high quality local ingredients. On the menu that day was a starter of Beef Carpaccio with Tuna sauce, Risotto with small Italian sausage, Cotoletta alla milanese (Veal cutlet breaded and fried)