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The legend of the invention of Risotto alla Milanese goes back to the year 1574.  At that time the Duomo, the magnificent Gothic cathedral, was being built and a large number of artists, architects, painters and craftmen arrived in Milan to work in its immense building site. One of these men was a young apprentice by the name of Valerius, of Flemish origins, who was in charge of staining the decorated glass for the windows. Everybody was teasing him because he added saffron to the pigments to obtain a more brilliant colour. Tired of the teasing, he decided to return the joke and added saffron to the rice to be served at his master’s wedding. The rice turned out so good that the idea spread immediately throughout the city and became the popular dish we know today.

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