Column | Little Cuisine of Lake Como


by Chef  Ferruccio Castelli from Varenna
Past President Associazione Cuochi della Provincia di Lecco



After 40 years of running Montecodeno Restaurant, starting this week and every 15 days, Chef Ferruccio Castelli will enrich this column with his Lake Como’ time-honored recipes… and more.

His career began when he was 14 y.o., when Castelli was a Sous-Chef at Biffi Restaurant in Milan.
He worked then in others important restaurants in Milan, as well as at Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio, or in Saint Moritz, in Madesimo and so in others famous touristical locations.

In 1974 Castelli bought Montecodeno Restaurant, which became also a Hotel, and he started cooking plates based more on lake fishes.
He was the President of the Associazione Cuochi della provincia di Lecco and in 2009 he was nominated Cavaliere della Repubblica thanks to his research on Lake Como traditional tastes and products, as “misultin” and the “real” rice with Perch fish.

After serving lot of Italian Celebrities too, he’s now giving cooking lessons all around the world, from South America to the States, as well as in Southeast Asia.

The first of his recipes is a Lake Como’ must: Rice and Perch fillets.

Have fun and bon appetite!

Today’s recipe is the local Apple or pear “Paradell”.

The third recipe is the Beef Tagliata with aubergines and Porcino mushrooms

Here is the Risotto with Taleggio cheese and rosemary recipe.

Today, 12th May, we suggest you a fanciful recipe with vegetables  Roll Lavarello’s fillet stuffed with little vegetables

Today we show you how to prepare a dessert: Millefoglie pastry with glazed chestnuts.

 According to the opening season of the lake sardines’ fishing we suggest you three methods to taste them!Lake sardine..three different way to taste it!

Today we suggest to you a savoury recipe! Malfatti alla Comasca (dumplings).. cook it!

Here a summer recipe!Tagliatelle with lake sauce!

Today, 26th August, we suggest you a sweety recipe to taste in company, Holidays Cake!

At the end of summer a light recipe to enjoy apetizer, Salmon bowl with anchoives butter!

Today 26 September we propose to you a recipe with delicious meat and cheese..bresaola flowers with goat cheese and misticanza salad!

Start the weekend with a fanciful recipe, Little ricotta dumplings served with taleggio fondue

Today a new recipe for adding a sea taste to some traditional vegetables: courgettes and potatoes cubed with prawns

Today we show you how to prepare an international dish, chicken breast, with a local flavour..Taleggio cream! Chicken breasts covered with Taleggio cream

We discover the taste of saffron by this refined recipe: Salmon trout fillet with saffron sauce

For a pleasant dessert in a rainy day.. taste the flavour of Lake Como with: Pan Mataloc

Spring is coming we suggest you a fine mixed salad with lake fishes!Lakecomo salad

In a rainy and foggy day a sweet recipe to avoid to sleep..Coffee Mousse!

Today, we recommend you a good receipe with meat! Beef roll with ricotta and aragula

For the ones who love the  taste of pear and wine together, this is a perfect recipe! Pear phyllo dough dumpling with boiled wine sauce

Today, a simple but tasty recipe! Rabbit loin with young spinach

A fresh dish, perfect for the hot summer weather: Salmon skewer marinated with pineapple

Today, we suggest you a pasta with local products: Butterfly pasta with vegetables and taleggio cheese

For those who love risotto, this is a tasty recipe: Risotto with asparagus tips and Taleggio cheese

Delicious meat recipe for dinner: Veal medallion with smoked scamorza

We suggest to you to taste this typical soup really good during autumn: Garlic and taleggio cheese soup

In the past prepared during feasts, a curious recipe Patole to discover a typical mountain dish, originally prepared in Esino.

This evening thrill yourselves with this delicious starte Vol au Vent filled with taleggio cheese and bed of rocket

Today we suggest you an easy recipe for a delicious dessert: the Bavarian chocolate cake!

Today we give you an easy recipe for a fresh salad: salad of fresh quartirolo!

Winter time is the best period to taste a traditional soup prepared with stale bread, pancotto soup!

This evening our suggestion is to prepare a wintry second course Savoy cabbage dumplings filled with potatoes and gorgonzola cheese

For this evening we suggest you to prepare trout fillet with aromatic herbe, saffron sauce and spinach mousse

A delicious first course to prepare and taste filled with a regional cheese  Green gnocchi with sweet zola and little tomatoes 

For a hot sunny day in August, we suggest a cool farfalle salad.

Autumn is coming so we suggest a recipe that goes well with both summer and autumn flavors: green gnocchi with shrimps and curry-flavored caprino cheese fondue.

Today let’s bake a classic cake made with one of autumn’s typical fruits: grandma’s apple pie.

Today we suggest delicious tortelloni filled with a local cheese, taleggio, and marjoram.

On friday in Italy we are used to eat fish! Prepare a fillet of monkfish with carrots and pistachio nuts!

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