When it comes to side dishes, risotto falls on the fancier end of the American restaurant chain spectrum. In its home country of Italy, the dish is ubiquitous. Here in the U.S., however, you might need help finding the rich rice dish on your local restaurant menu.
Risotto's menu absence may be due to how it's prepared. To make risotto, rice (commonly arborio) is cooked in a broth that's slowly added and frequently stirred until it becomes creamy. The cooking technique breaks down the starches in the grain to create that creamy texture. Common ingredients added to a risotto include Parmesan cheese, white wine, and butter. It's a relatively simple dish to make at home on a weeknight, but it's often left off the menu in a restaurant.
When a restaurant serves risotto, you notice. The following restaurants—which span various cuisine types, from Read Entire Article