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Italian cuisine has travelled all over the world. Some dishes stick very close to their roots, others have evolved and incorporated new ideas and ingredients, and others still have sprung up brand new, inspired by Italian flavours and traditions even though they might be unfamiliar in their homeland. Tonight Chef Luciano Schipano shares with you a delicious mix of classic, novel and creative culinary ideas that can all be called Exquisitely Italian.
Actually an American invention by Italian immigrant chef, it has become a beloved and globally popular dish — and rightly so — even though you will likely not find it on menus in Italy. Crisp romaine lettuce in a creamy parmesan and garlic dressing with crunchy croutons.
Saffron & Mushroom Risotto
A classic dish of Milan, made of imported Carnaroli rice (not the a cheaper and mushier Arborio), renderder silky and luxurious by slow cooking and constant stirring with strands of fragrant, golden saffron and aromatic wild mushrooms, finished with butter and cheese.
Meatballs in Tomato Sauce
One of the most iconic Italian dishes, with countless variations. These flavorful beef meatballs are flecked with garlic and parsley, kept tender with breadcrumbs and parmesan, and simmered in a tomato, basil and olive oil sauce. Homemade #vegetarian meatballs are also available.
Cannoli are delicate shells of fried pastry dough that originated on the island of Sicily, filled with a sweet, creamy ricotta filling with notes of vanilla and orange zest
Italian Dinner for 2 $48 • for 4 $90
Chef Luciano Schipano has a serious passion for the culinary arts. A Red Seal certified Chef, Luciano is President of Slow Food Toronto, as well as the director Director of the Italian Federation of Chefs, and an active member of the Canadian Culinary Federation. He loves to share his knowledge of Italian cuisine though teaching, both in Canada and Italy, as well as via TV appearances and culinary tours. He is a passionate food advocate, working with projects like Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution and Soupalicious, as well as an accomplished personal chef, executive chef, teacher and food consultant. Chef Luciano also organizes Culinary Tours in Italy, Calabria, offering a unique opportunity to enjoy food and culture directly with farmers, producers and local chefs. | lucianoschipano.com