Buonasera! It was a sad day indeed when one of my favorite LA Italian restaurants closed its doors. Under the guidance of much-gifted owner/chef, Michael Young, Ombra’s menu offered one of the best Risotto Nero I have ever tasted. Traditionally, a wonderfully creamy yet perfectly al dente “inked” risotto is paired with calamari (or cuttlefish), Onion, Carrots, Bay and Parsley to create an oh so classic and perfectly Venetian dish. However, some recipes call for the addition of Mushrooms,, Tomatoes, Seafood (e.g. Shrimp, Scallops)…use your imagination. No matter, whatever you do, “e’ magnifico”. Ciao, e buon appetito!