Risotto All’Amarone

Today, we travel into the heart of Verona, Italy, and unlock the secrets of a dish legendary for its richness and depth: Risotto All’Amarone. But this isn’t just any risotto; it’s a signature dish at Ristorante Greppia Verona, a culinary cornerstone cherished by generations. So grab your whisk, tighten your apron, and get ready to immerse yourself in a culinary adventure!

The Iconic Risotto All’Amarone from Ristorante Greppia in Verona.

A Legacy Steeped in Amarone

Ristorante Greppia Verona boasts a heritage as rich as its beloved risotto. Housed in a former Convent alongside the Roman aqueduct, it’s witnessed the evolution of Veronese cuisine, becoming a champion of local ingredients and traditions. Imagine stepping into a warm, candlelit haven, serenaded by Italian melodies as you savor dishes crafted with passion and passed down through generations. This is the very essence of Greppia, and it’s where our Risotto All’Amarone journey begins.

The Heart of the Dish: Amarone – A Wine Not Just for Sipping

The soul of this risotto lies in its namesake: Amarone della Valpolicella. This revered red wine, crafted from sun-dried grapes, boasts an intense depth of flavor, with notes of cherry, plum, and spice. But here’s the twist: in our risotto, Amarone isn’t just an accompaniment; it’s a key ingredient, woven into the dish to offer its complex character and a touch of luxury.

How to Make Risotto All’Amarone

Now, let’s gather the tools for our culinary conquest:

  • Vialone Nano Rice: This short-grain, starchy rice absorbs the flavors like a sponge, creating the signature creamy texture.
  • Amarone della Valpolicella: Opt for a DOCG-certified bottle to ensure peak quality and flavor.
  • Beef Broth: Rich and homemade is best, but a good-quality store-bought broth works too.
  • Monte Veronese or Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese: Grated and ready to add umami depth.
  • Butter: Unsalted and at room temperature, it forms the base of our luscious finish.
  • Onion: Finely chopped, it adds sweetness and aromatics.
  • Chopped Cooked Pumpkin: A seasonal addition that is delightful in this creamy red wine risotto.

The Art of Risotto: Patience and Passion in Every Stir

  1. Toasting the Rice: In a saucepan, melt butter and gently sauté the onion until translucent. Add the rice and toast it, stirring constantly, until it becomes pearly white. This releases its starch, crucial for the creamy texture.
  2. The Wine Magic: Deglaze the pan with a generous splash of Amarone, letting it reduce by half. This infuses the rice with the wine’s rich character.
  3. Broth Broth Baby: Gradually add hot broth, a ladleful at a time, stirring constantly and allowing each addition to be absorbed before adding more. Patience is key here!
  4. Flavorful Interludes: As the rice cooks, add the bay leaf, garlic, and a pinch of salt. Remember, the Amarone contributes salinity, so go easy on the extra salt.
  5. The Creamy Climax: After about 20 minutes, the rice should be al dente, with a slight bite. Stir in grated Parmigiano Reggiano and a knob of butter for luxurious creaminess.
  6. Final Touches: Remove from heat, discard the bay leaf, and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper if needed.
  7. Spoon the risotto onto warm plates, drizzle with a touch of remaining Amarone (optional), and top with freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano. Voilà! You’ve crafted a dish that embodies the spirit of Verona – rich, complex, and deeply satisfying.

Beyond the Recipe: Experiencing Greppia Verona

This recipe is a gateway to the culinary magic of Ristorante Greppia Verona. While recreating it at home brings a taste of their legacy to your table, nothing beats experiencing it firsthand. Imagine yourself savoring this risotto amidst the warm ambiance of the restaurant, surrounded by history and passionate hospitality. It’s a journey for the senses, a chance to connect with the traditions that birthed this iconic dish.

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Risotto All’Amarone

Recipe by Jason Hill – CookingSessions.com
Today, we travel into the heart of Verona, Italy, and unlock the secrets of a dish legendary for its richness and depth: Risotto All'Amarone inspired from Ristorante Greppia.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 11 oz. Vialone Nano rice or other Italian risotto rice
  • 1 oz. olive oil
  • 4 tbsp grated Monte Veronese Cheese or Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese
  • 2 oz. diced onion
  • 1 1/2 oz butter
  • 1 liter beef broth
  • 1/2 bottle Amarone della Valpolicella wine
  • 1/2 cup cooked diced pumpkin optional
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions
 

  • In a saucepan, melt oil and gently sauté the onion until translucent. Add the rice and toast it, stirring constantly, for a few minutes, stirring well.
  • Deglaze the pan with the Amarone, letting it reduce by half.
  • Gradually add hot broth, a ladleful at a time, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Allow each addition to be absorbed before adding more. Make sure you get each piece of rice cooked and that they don’t stick to the side.
  • As the rice cooks, add a pinch of salt and pepper to your taste.
  • After about 20 minutes, the rice should be al dente, with a slight bite. The rice should not be mushy. Stir in diced cooked pumpkin (if using), grated Monte Veronese or Parmigiano Reggiano and a knob of butter for luxurious creaminess.
  • Remove from heat and adjust seasoning if needed. Serve immediately.
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AboutJason Hill

Hi, I’m Jason Hill, host of YouTube’s “Chef Tips” series. I graduated from culinary school in 1998, and gained my experience working the lines in Southern California. I launched my cooking videos in 2007. I love sharing quick and easy recipes that get people back in the kitchen.

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