This post is part of a larger series about our trip to Italy, including 2 Days in Milan, La Cucina dei Frigoriferi Milanesi, Birthday Weekend in Florence, Day Trip to the Chianti Classico Region, and A Week in the Italian Alps.
One of my "signature dishes" that I often cook for guests is Milanese Osso Buco. I make everything from scratch, and the dish takes hours to make. Bryan loves it, and it has even become our traditional to eat that dish every Valentine's Day.
So imagine my surprise when I actually arrived in Milan itself . . . and realized that I had been making it all wrong.
OK, perhaps I am slightly exaggerating, but we visited multiple restaurants in Milan, and every place that had osso buco served the veal shank with a rich, golden sauce. No bright lemony gremolata to put on the top, no tomatoes in the sauce.
At Palazzo Parigi, a beautiful fine dining restaurant inside the hotel with the same name, the osso buco came with a crispy risotto.
But guess what? We discovered we LOVED crispy risotto (what's not to like? hehe). This Milan version was richer, but it was fantastic.
We were in Italy during white truffle season, so we certainly had to try some white truffles. Milan is not too far from Alba (when we visited Alba's famous white truffle festival we actually flew from Milan), so there's plenty of white truffles everywhere.
Pasta is a must-order in Italy, and the pasta in Milan was great.
I was surprised at the generous portion of vegetables we got!
A Great First Day
What a great way to spend our first evening in Milan! We were especially thankful to Bryan's co-worker, an enthusiastic Milan local who happens to love food and her city. She was thrilled to give us recommendations for all sorts of places to visit. If only we could have stayed in Milan for more days! We're glad we got to try Palazzo Parigi, one of her top choices.