Elton John's Favorite Risotto

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When Elton John requests that his personal chef take cooking lessons from the “King of Risotto,” Chef Luciano Parolari, it probably means that Villa d’Este’s chef  of more than 30 years has created an utterly fabulous risotto.

I love the stories from Tales of Risotto about the Risotto con Pesce Persico (perch fillets) served at the Verandah Restaurant on the shores of Lake Como.


When Gianni Versace moved to Lake Como, he lived at Villa d’Este while his new favorite residence, Villa Le Fontanelle, located just around the bend from Villa d’Este on the lake, was being restored. Risotto with fish was Gianni’s preferred dish, and when he finally moved into his villa, he often called on Luciano to be the chef for his dinner parties.


Elton John was so enamored of Luciano’s fare that he had his chef consigned to a fifteen day apprenticeship to learn the secrets of Luciano’s cooking.


Not only was this Risotto con Pesce Persico (Perch Fillets) a favorite of Elton John, Gianni Versace and Madonna, but because of the inclusion of the daily catch, it makes it a specialty of Lake Como as well.



– The Gourmet Review


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