The heart of Italian economy, Lombardia is a bustling region not only for its factories and industries, but also from the food perspective. Hearty dishes of beef and pork characterize the offering of Lombardia, where polenta and risotto surpass pasta in popularity and where olive oil is just recently being used as a substitute for butter and cream in recipes. Lombardia’s culinary heritage is one of abundance; among its top dishes you can find casonsei (a top offering of Donato’s kitchen!), polenta and osei (polenta with little birds braised whole in tomato sauce), pumpkin ravioli and ossobuco, braised veal shank, not to mention the famous Risotto alla Milanese with saffron. Its wine offerings showcase the sparkling offering of Franciacorta and the DOC production in Valtellina.