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Author: Strada del Riso

Vigasio, Italy

The rice route

The Vigasiano risotto? Out of this world!

Between the boundless and golden rice paddies of Lower Verona, the rice route proposes an interesting and tasty food and wine, cultural and natural itinerary. The typical resurgences, that include the municipalities of Mozzecane, Nogarole Rocca, Vigasio, Buttapietra and Isola della Scala are basins where water from underground stratums comes in contact with clay and then rises to the surface, creating the Tartaro and Menago rivers and the swamps of Busatello, Pellegrina and Brusà-Vallette. You can visit them on foot, with a bicycle or on horseback!
In these lands the most prestigious of Italian rices is produced, the Vialone Nano veronese. Cultivated on lands irrigated with water taken from resurgences, this rich, healthy, nutritious food is the first product to have obtained the IGP (Protected Geographical Indication) label from the European Union. To be made into the famous risotto all'isolana or in many other ways: with pumpkin, asparagus, speck, frogs or fish…  and accompanied by a glass of great DOC labelled Valpolicella or Soave wine.
In the first week of October, at Isola della Scala, together with the cultivation of rice, the Fiera del Riso (or Rice Festival) is held. Restaurants, trattorie and the inhabitants compete for the Chicco d'Oro (or Golden rice kernel), while experts in the sector meet at Risitaly, the national meeting on rice threading, amongst exhibits, concerts, exhibitions, events and cabaret shows.
At Vigasio the Festa della Polenta (Polenta Festival) is held. A traditional event where visitors can taste local typical dishes such as maize porridge (or polenta) and DOC labelled wines.


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