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September 22, 2014
Varieties of Rice

Rice’s nuances of flavor and suitability for different dishes can be a matter of great debate, but here are some guidelines: 1) The Lomellina area of Lomabardy is particularly renowned for its superfino (large) varietals, especially Carnaroli (perhaps the favorite of chefs these days). 2) The Vialone Nano, a shorter semifino rice that grows around Mantova in Lombardy and father east in the Veneto, is excellent for soups and desserts. Despite its smaller size, it makes fine risotto. 3) Arborio is the best-known of the Italian rices and the most readily available in the United States. Perhaps not as fashionable with cognoscenti as Carnaroli, Arborio is an excellent rice for most cooking procedures. Fortunately, all of these great rices are imported here, and all are delicious in traditional Italian recipes.