Lombardy

by Great Italian Chefs17 October 2018

This northern land of the lakes is one of Italy's richest regions, with mountains to the north and rolling flatlands to the south. Get to know the food of Milan and the rest of Lombardy with our guides and follow our recipes for a taste of Lombardy at home.

Great Italian Chefs is a team of passionate food-lovers dedicated to bringing you the latest news, views and reviews from the gastronomic mecca that is Italy.

Great Italian Chefs is a team of food lovers dedicated to bringing you the latest news, views and reviews from the gastronomic mecca that is Italy. From Veneto and Lombardy in the north to Calabria and Sicily in the south, we celebrate the very best of this glorious cuisine and try to bring you a little bit of la dolce vita wherever you are.

Great Italian Chefs is a team of passionate food-lovers dedicated to bringing you the latest news, views and reviews from the gastronomic mecca that is Italy.

Great Italian Chefs is a team of food lovers dedicated to bringing you the latest news, views and reviews from the gastronomic mecca that is Italy. From Veneto and Lombardy in the north to Calabria and Sicily in the south, we celebrate the very best of this glorious cuisine and try to bring you a little bit of la dolce vita wherever you are.

Being one of Italy’s largest regions, Lombardy offers an incredible amount of things to see, do and taste. Stretching right up to the Swiss Alps in the north and the famous Po Valley to the south, it’s also home to the great lakes of Italy, most famously Lake Garda, Lake Como and Lake Maggiore. Being a northern region, the food of Lombardy isn’t all tomatoes, basil and other Mediterranean stalwarts; instead, dishes here are rich, filling and luxurious, with meat and dairy at their core.

Lombardy’s capital Milan is known the world over for being a hub of fashion and design (not to mention the Duomo), while smaller destinations such as Bergamo and Brescia boast stunning architectural sights stepped in history. The combination of lakeside living, mountain ranges and rolling hills means this landlocked region has some incredible landscapes – and the lake’s beaches are just as popular as those on the coast.

Whether you’re looking to visit Lombardy and wondering what you’ll eat when you get there or just fancy trying your hand at some of the region’s traditional recipes, everything you need to become an expert in Lombardy is below.

Lombardy: the complete guide

Looking for a good grounding in the food and flavours of Lombardy? Read our extensive guide for a crash course in the cuisine.

Magnificent Milan

Lombardy has incredible lakes and stunning hilltop towns, but for a thriving hub of urban living Milan is where it all happens. Some of the region's most famous dishes come from within these city walls – cook them at home today.

Lake Garda

This huge lake reaches into Trentino and Veneto, but its Lombardian shores is where some of the most interesting lakeside dishes can be found. Get to know a little bit more about this magnificent part of the region.

Flavours of Lombardy

With such fantastic raw ingredients at their disposal, it's no wonder the artisans of Lombardy produce some of Italy's most famous foods. Discover the cheeses, salumi and sparkling wines native to the area.

Milan's masterchef

Of all the incredible chefs Italy has produced over the years, few can hold a candle to the late great Gualtiero Marchesi. Read more about the godfather of Italian cuisine's legacy.

Lombardy's filled pastas

Lombardians seem to love nothing more than filling pasta dough with a cacophony of ingredients and flavours. Here are three of the most iconic.

Mostarda di frutta

It might sound unusual, but a small bowl of chopped fruits soaked in a mustard-spiked syrup provides the ultimate accompaniment to cheeses and cold cuts. Here's how to make this Lombardian classic from scratch.

Rice and grains

Rustic risottos and pastas made from buckwheat makes regular appearances on Lombardy's restaurant menus. These recipes prove why they're so popular.

Something sweet?

Torrone di Cremona is one of Lombardy's most treasured sweet treats, protected by the EU and made to a traditional recipe. A type of nougat studded with candied fruit, it's the perfect way to finish any Italian meal.

The chefs of Lombardy

The Cerea brothers
Cerea Brothers
Cerea Brothers
Da Vittorio

Roberto and Enrico Cerea were brought up by parents who devoted their lives to culinary excellence. After training in some of the world’s best kitchens and culinary schools, the brothers returned to the fold, earning the family restaurant its third Michelin star for their signature seafood dishes executed with modern technique.

Nadia Santini
Nadia Santini
Nadia Santini
Dal Pescatore

As the proud owner of three Michelin stars since 1996, Nadia Santini is a chef at the very top of her game, combining the wow-factor of classical French cooking with the rustic, warming, welcoming flavours of Italy.

Giancarlo Morelli
Giancarlo Morelli
Giancarlo Morelli
Pomiroeu

Giancarlo Morelli’s trailblazing gastronomy emphasises the very Italian tenets of simplicity, balance and great ingredients to create dishes that are far more than the sum of their parts.

Andrea Berton
Andrea Berton
Andrea Berton
Ristorante Berton

One of Milan's most decorated chefs, Andrea Berton is a role model for cooks across Italy thanks to his beautiful food, dedication to good ingredients and fierce work ethic. He has worked at some of the country's best restaurants and opened several of his own.

Sauro Ricci
Sauro Ricci
Sauro Ricci
Joia

After discovering a passion for the macrobiotic diet, Sauro Ricci is now the head chef at Europe’s first ever Michelin-starred vegetarian restaurant. Combining fine dining with ingredients that are good for body and soul means thousands travel from all over Italy to taste his unique cuisine.

Viviana Varese
Viviana Varese
Viviana Varese
Alice Ristorante

Becoming one of the most famous chefs in Milan (and, after starring in her own television show, all of Italy) isn't easy, but Viviana Varese remains at the top of her game by sourcing the very best produce available. With her business partner Sandra Ciciriello, she has turned Alice Ristorante into the city's most popular venue.

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