Culinary traditions of Ticino are represented by delicious minestrone soup, polenta and risotto. Connoisseurs are well aware that those are typical Venetian dishes; Italy had a big impact on culinary traditions of the region. However, all the Italian dishes have a unique Swiss flavor, so it would be interesting to taste them.
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There are many recipes for cooking vegetable minestrone soup, and each chef finds his recipe to be the best. In addition to the required components, such as potatoes, beans, rice and tomatoes, a cook can add leeks, carrots, cauliflower, peas and any other vegetables; homemade pasta completes the whole composition. If the Italians flavor this dish with parmesan, than in Ticino the most important ingredient is sbrinz cheese; it is the highlight of the Swiss, which makes the taste of the dish special.
Classical polenta is the most common side dish; it is usually served with meat dishes. Risotto deserves special attention too; it is also cooked in a very special way. Fans of Italian cooking would find in local restaurants classic risotto bianco and risotto with various vegetables and seafood, but that’s impossible to call them typical national dishes. The typical representative of the national cuisine is saffron risotto; the taste of the dish is truly unique.
Ticino has amazing cultural traditions; natives gladly explain them to foreign visitors. The most anticipated and well-known national holiday is Festa d'autunno; it is held in early October in Lugano...
In order to understand the culture and traditions of the local cuisine, you shouldn’t limit yourself with restaurants only. It’s necessary to look at one of the local food markets. Only at the market you can buy excellent dairy products and a real home-made cheese, which is the hallmark of the region. Great homemade sausages that will satisfy fans of meat delicacies are also found at markets.
Classic Swiss restaurants are common in Ticino. There you can taste authentic fondue, wine brought from different parts of the country and interesting desserts cooked following old recipes. Ticino is famous for its Merlot wine; the province annually produces about 4 million liters of this wonderful drink. Ornate red wine featuring subtle bouquet of aromas can be enjoyed on one of the local plants or purchased at specialty stores.