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Maddalena M.

Milano (MI) - Lombardia

Maddalena has always had a true passion for traditional Lombardo cooking. Between traditional recipes, books on typical dishes and cookery courses, this Cesarina also became a partner at a cooking school. With time, she became a true expert of Milanese gastronomy, even giving lectures on the subject at The University of the Third Age.

Today she welcomes us into her home in the centre of Milan, a stone’s throw away from the famous Quadrilatero della Moda and Porta Garibaldi. Milan’s main attractions, such as the Pinacoteca di Brera, La Scala and the Duomo al Castello Sforzesco are just a short walk from her appartment– or a metro ride, if you’re feeling a bit lazy. Maddalena’s house is basically the perfect place to start discovering the city.

A tour of Milan’s typical dishes

A triumph of traditional flavours a stone’s throw away from Milan’s top attractions

Do you fancy trying an exquisite Milanese menu just a few minutes away from its famous Duomo? If you do, then pull up a seat at Maddalena’s table… This Cesarina has always loved her city’s cuisine, so she opens her Taste Experience opens with 'chisolini' (delicious fried gnocchi) accompanied by a salami selection.

She follows with an unmissable classic of Lombardo cuisine; 'risotto alla zucca' (pumpkin risotto), before slow-cooked Californian-style beef – don’t worry, this is still an Italian dish - California is a small town near Milan! This luxurious dish involves browning the meat in oil before cooking it over a low heat in balsamic vinegar and milk. Maddalena serves this with buttered cauliflower.

Last but not least, dessert. Our Cesarina serves up Charlotte Milanese, a typical pudding of apple, sultanas, and pine nuts, for a delicate and intriguing finish.
  • Chisolini (fried gnocchi with salami selection)
  • Pumpkin risotto
  • California beef (named after a small town near Milan)
  • Buttered cauliflower
  • ‘Charlotte Milanese’ (apple, sultana and pine nut dessert)