From the entrance opposite the shores of Lake Maggiore climb along a wide path that immediately introduces a real natural oasis: lawns, shady avenues and squares where blooming roses, oleanders, magnolias, daffodils, azaleas, rhododendrons, all harmoniously married to the forests, reserves of monumental trees. Greenhouses and the zoo, with over 40 species of animals from all over the world (white swans, rare ducks, crowned cranes, deer, silver pheasants, deer-goat, llamas, zebras, kangaroos Bennet, peacocks), it further increase the value and charm.
The original idea of the park is due to the statesman and man of culture Neapolitan Roger Bonghi fascinated by Lake Maggiore and who decided in 1855 to purchase such land to build a small house. But it is mainly the family of the Marquis Pallavicino, who in 1862 took over the property to the Duke of Vallombrosa, which owes much of the splendor of the park.
The Marquis Ludovico expanded the estate, built driveways, park adorned with statues and transformed the simple house in the splendid nineteenth-century neoclassical villa that still stands proud on the hill. Instead it was the Marchesa Luisa, in 1952 to complete work begun years earlier and to collect animals from all corners of the world to build a zoo exceptional.
Park Villa Pallavicino is accessible by boats of the Navigazione Lago Maggiore at the start of the jetty Laveno
Lombardia in Cucina: The Flavours of Lombardy
Milan-style risotto, pizzoccheri Valtellinesi, and pumpkin tortelli to start; casoeula, Milan-style cutlets, frogs stewed in tomato to follow, and to send, a slice of sbrisolona cake or panettone.
Lombardy surprises with the richness of its culinary traditions and natural ingredients, which modernity has barely affected.
"Milano in Cucina" captures this kaleidoscope of flavours, with contributions from some of the most celebrated chefs on the culinary scene, who pay homage to their territory, and whose skill is able to present a modern vision in keeping with the region's progressive spirit.
The Italian Academy of Cuisine
La Cucina: The Regional Cooking of Italy
Fifty years ago, a group of Italian scholars gathered to discuss a problem: how to preserve traditional Italian cooking. They formed the Italian Academy of Cuisine to document classic recipes from every region. The academy’s more than seven thousand associates spread out to villages everywhere, interviewing grandmothers and farmers at their stoves, transcribing their recipes—many of which had never been documented before. This is the culmination of that research, an astounding feat—2,000 recipes that represent the patrimony of Italian country cooking. Each recipe is labeled with its region of origin, and it’s not just the ingredients but also the techniques that change with the geography. Sprinkled throughout are historical recipes that provide fascinating views into the folk culture of the past. There are no fancy flourishes here, and no shortcuts; this is true salt-of-the-earth cooking. The book is an excellent everyday source for easily achievable recipes, with such simple dishes as White Bean and Escarole Soup, Polenta with Tomato Sauce, and Chicken with Lemon and Capers. For ease of use there are four different indexes. La Cucina is an essential reference for every cook’s library.
Milano in Cucina: The Flavours of Milan
The famous Risotto Alla Milanese gets its golden hue from the precious spice saffron. Legend has it that the dish came about when a Milanese painter decided to gild the risotto served at his wedding banquet with a harmless gold-colored dye. In Milan, they traditionally serve Risotto Alla Milanese with ossobuco (braised veal shank).
Traditionally made with raisins and candied citron, or with a creamy cream filling, the light, fluffy brioche-like bread called panettone may be tall or short, covered with chocolate or flavored with various liquors, but it’s always a symbol of the Christmas season.
With its hallmark domed shape, panettone graced Christmas tables in Milan since at least the 15th-century. Common knowledge claims its invention is from Milan. It is the most famous Christmas Lombardia food.
The Pax side of the Moon featuring Cesareo
Lombardia (Dicon tutti che sei mia) Quarantine Version - feat. Cesareo (Quarantine Version)