La Cucina della Memoria

Let me describe Ponte Rosso, an old-fashioned trattoria in Milan’s Navigli neighborhood, a skinny spot with a cluster of tables and a dense, lengthy menu. A hybrid of authentic regional cuisine and simple home cooking, it is absolutely un-precious, and we enjoy every authentic bite.

We start with a slab of homemade truffled liver pate surrounded by jiggly gelatin crystals and orange peel.  S’marvelous. We graze through stockfish and artichokes with candied lemon, another lovely simple dish that I will never forget. Ooh, let’s indulge in lardo with chestnut – but I am so transported by the liver and stockfish I am edging toward food coma.

Continue with a pasta dish of gorgeous tagliatelle with asparagus, courgettes and peas – like eating a velvety spring garden. Try the Neapolitan rice “Sartu” from a recipe by Ippolito Cavalcanti in 1837 – I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

The chefs at Ponte Rosso believe that when it comes to cooking, “memory” is a treasure to be mined and discovered … gently.  They are so right.  •

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Ms. Margolis-Pineo created EpicuriousTravelers.com to showcase her published work and ongoing food-travel adventures. Based in Portland, Maine, she travels frequently both in her home state and north to Montreal, her favorite North American city. Although she refuses to use the word "foodie," she has an abiding interest in food and wine. Ms. Margolis-Pineo is also a graphic designer, giving her site a decided edge in an oversaturated blogosphere. New contacts, "likes," subscribers and content are welcome!
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