I feel lucky to live within walking distance of this cozy neighborhood Italian restaurant. Tucked next to the post office at the end of a strip mall, it’s my go-to for any meal, a quick espresso, a scoop of dreamy gelato, or something insanely delicious from the deli case (I’m talking to you, torta della nonna).
Named after the address where owner Renato Moiso grew up, Via Maestra 42 keeps it simple, personal, and authentic. I love the risotto ai funghi porcini, a comforting dish that spotlights the nutty flavor of the mushrooms.
“This traditional recipe always brings me back to my childhood growing up in the countryside near Asti, in the north of Italy,” Moiso says. “I remember searching the nearby forests for fresh porcini mushrooms and bringing them back for my mother to prepare this simple and delicious dish for the family’s dinner.” It’s easy to make at home using fresh, dried, or frozen porcini.