How about a nice hot plate (literally, for it was hot to the touch) piled high with braised pork ribs, sausage, rind, and savoy cabbage on a cold winter day? Spelled cazoeùla, cassoeula, or cazzuola (it all depends on where you’re having it), this Lombard dish is always served with polenta and red wine. I’ve mentioned it in previous posts but with the Festival della Cazoeùla in Cantù, more is coming your way because we want a shot at being one of the judges! This year from January 17 – February 28, patrons dining at a minimum of 3 of the 9 participating restaurants get a chance to declare the winner. As one of the judges you get to take part in the final tasting.
Ok so this isn’t like the usual sagra/festa weekend affair with long lines and everyone under one big tent, but I think the concept of being a judge is fun. All restaurants have a 13€ menu (cazoeula and polenta) so it’s very affordable. For where to eat cazoeula #1 it was an easy choice because Trattoria il Giardinet had the best advert for the event.
We each ordered the 13€ menu and a bottle of cabernet. The 30€ menu was a better deal, but cazoeula is RICH with fat. As marvelous as it tastes, it is more than enough without any frills like antipasto, cheese, or even dessert.
Afterwards, the waiter presented a card that was appropriately stamped to prove that we had dined there. Two more to go before it gets sent to the comune of Cantù. Cazoeùliamo!