Polenta has a long tradition in Ticino and has been a staple food for a significant part of the population for centuries.
Today, a genuine Ticino polenta cooked on an outdoor fire or in a fireplace is no longer very common. Fortunately, throughout Ticino, there are many grottoes and restaurants who offer customers this traditional dish, prepared from the crackling fire as tradition requires.
Polenta is not a dish suited to those who are impatient: cooking polenta on a low flame requires approximately two hours, while stirring the polenta frequently.
Those who are patient enough to wait will be rewarded with a genuine dish of a splendid golden colour.
Polenta can be served with various Ticino specialities such as: Alpine cheeses, ‘mortadella’ (Bologna sausage), braised meat, stew and many other tasty side dishes.
OUR FAVOURITE PLACES WHERE TO EAT THE BEST POLETA TICINESE
1. Grotto La Froda Foroglio - Valle Maggia
2. Grottino Ticinese - Losone
3. Grotto Pozzasc - Peccia - Valle Maggia
4. Osteria Paradiso - Vogorno - Val Verzasca
5. Grotto Al Capon - Brione sopra Minusio
6. Osteria Du Rii - Intragna- Centovalli