Risotto all’Amarone: A Love Story Born by Chance

Amarone Risotto Recipe

risotto all'Amarone
© Lorenzo Diamantini

What would love be without a good dish and a good wine to share with your beloved? I believe that in Italy, food like wine is not a simple instrument of nourishment or pleasure but a rib of our purest feelings. Each of us lives love and moments of conviviality as a form of identity:  daughter of the culinary tradition of the region, city or even country to which we belong. We are made of the flavors and moods of our land, the foods that smell of home, wines that taste of celebration, memories and falling in love.


Amarone Risotto perfectly tells each of these peculiarities and speaks of a territory that has always been a producer of high-quality raw materials from which the best recipes of the Veronese tradition come to life. The risotto with Amarone is a story made of poverty and passion but above all, of love between Vialone Nano rice. It is the ‘grass’ of ancient culture that for a long time has represented, for peasant families, the only or, at least, one of the few means of livelihood and the “pillar” of the recipe.


Amarone wine is among the emblems of this land and,  in particular, of that happy valley that gave birth to extraordinary wines like Valpolicella. The Amarone della Valpolicella, produced exclusively in the province of Verona, is perhaps the most famous Venetian wine in the world. It is defined with this name, “Amaro” to distinguish it from the other spearhead of Veronese enology, the Recioto della Valpolicella. This wine is, instead, sweet from which it involuntarily originated.

Back in 1936 and in the Cantina Sociale Valpolicella, the winery manager Adelino Lucchese, tasted from a barrel of well-aged Recioto exclaimed: “This is not an amaro, it is an Amarone!” The Recioto, put in barrels and then forgotten, had continued to ferment until it became dry. The sugars had all turned into alcohol and made the wine lose its sweetness, creating this wonderful dry passito: a red wine, with a dark color, very full-bodied, full and with a high alcohol content. The wine, born by mistake became, ironically, of enormous value.

A Love Story

A generous destiny with humanity.  Here is the true love story because we do not decide the most authentic love. It is born by chance and then becomes great. Amarone makes us eat together like Romeo and Juliet, and the greatest joys is found at the table.

Risotto with Amarone

An alternative recipe that before mixing, distinguishes the ingredients to highlight them as individual and then become a whole.



  • Meat broth 1 lt
  • Amarone della Valpolicella Wine 350 gr
  • Vialone Nano rice 320 gr
  • Butter 130 gr
  • Aged Monte Veronese cheese 60 gr
  • Shallot 50 gr
  • Salt to taste


Start by toasting the rice with 30 grams of butter and finely chopped shallot

When it is hot, wet it with a couple of ladles of meat broth and cook it in about 15 minutes

During cooking, adjust salt and keep the rice wet adding the broth

Lower the heat and stir in 100 g of cold butter cut into cubes and grated Monte Veronese cheese

Simmer the Amarone in a saucepan, letting it shrink until it thickens, if necessary add 1 teaspoon of cornstarch previously diluted in a little cold water

Once the sauce is obtained, spread the risotto on the plates and complete with the Amarone sauce, Monte Veronese cheese flakes and a few sprigs of chives

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Lorenzo Diamantini

Food and Wine Editor

Lorenzo Diamantini was born in 1987 in Gubbio, a wonderful medieval Umbrian city in central Italy. He has been an electrician for 15 years and at the same time, cultivates countless passions for art, photography, reading and writing — in particular poetry which is his own peculiarity. Lorenzo is the author of several poems and he devotes much of his free time to his writings. As a former footballer, Lorenzo is also a fitness lover, a full-time athlete, and devotes 6 days to training per week. Care for the body and food brings him closer to the world of cooking which becomes a large part of his creative expression and good taste. This somewhat stimulating hobby matures hand in hand with his love for wine and craft beer that embellish the recipes with refined combinations. Numerous publications of his dishes on his social media platforms attract great interest/ Today, Lorenzo is a food blogger in evolution and is more and more appreciated on the net. Follow @lorenzodiamantini on Instagram.

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