What's more, most major cruise lines, including Holland America offer at least one meatless dish on both its lunch and dinner menus, such as Roasted Portobello Triangoli Pasta, Vegetable Wellington or Asiago and Asparagus Risotto.
A couple of hundred miles from Milan, I was told that Risotto Milanese was basically "rice with food coloring," that they had to put "lots of cheese and butter in their rice to make it taste like anything."
The finish is brief but bright with that distinctive Sangiovese tang of acidity that enhances its suitability with food, particularly Italian food like pasta, pizza, risotto, or roasted chicken.
The hotel's popular pan-seared halibut includes the halibut steak, a paella risotto cake, asparagus spears with pancetta and Parmesan, and a spicy tomato sauce tops this fine meal off.
Once you've mastered a basic risotto, you can begin to tweak the basic recipe to make wonderful dishes such as mushroom risotto with truffle oil.
Risotto is a traditional Northern Italian rice dish made with high-starch, non-sticky, medium-grained rice such as Aborio or Carnaroli.
You can make a basic risotto and then make all kinds of variation by adding meats, herbs, and vegetables to the basic recipe.
Rustic risotto, hearty mushrooms and refined truffle oil blend together in a dish you'll want to make again and again.
Foods: Saffron remains a main ingredient for many recipes, such as Spanish rice, Italian risotto, and Swedish bread.
Before incorporating mushrooms into your risotto, carefully clean them with a mushroom brush or paper towel.
Recent offerings include arctic char filets, tea-steamed duck medallions and saffron thread risotto cakes.
Example dishes include pan-seared duck served with butternut squash risotto, and chili made with prime rib and cheese.
For lunch, with dozens of items on the menu, particular local favorites are the mushroom risotto or the smoked trout insalate (salad).
The menu changes with the season, but almost always has a handful of staple dishes, like pan-roasted chicken, sweet corn risotto, salmon tartare and marinated grilled shrimp.
For the main course choose from the lobster risotto with a sherry cream sauce or the braised duck leg in a flavorful broth with fennel and tomatoes.
As for pasta, you get the convenience of choosing among penne, ravioli, fettuccine, spaghetti, tortelloni, risotto, gnocchi, cappellini or linguini, and whatever sauce you want to top it.
All entrees are served with a daily vegetable and choice of either risotto or potato.
With combinations like wood-smoked trout with caramelized cherries, or acorn squash and chestnut risotto, you will have a hearty meal yet still feel good about yourself after an active day.
Lemon pepper tuna with couscous is popular, and diners also like the sea scallops with fennel and risotto.