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2008_05_MC.jpgMichael Chiarello, whose blog we've been enjoying very much, fondly reminisces on the time Robert Mondavi sauntered into his kitchen at Tra Vigne: "And he walked in not because he was being pompous, but because he cared about risotto so much, and he thought that I cooked the risotto just 45 seconds too far and he was going to let me know what that tasted like. So he came in to watch some risotto go out to help me see that I wasn't necessarily sending out of the kitchen right, but by the time the customer ate it at the table it was maybe overcooked a little bit, and maybe I should pull it back a couple of minutes. So he stayed in the kitchen for like an hour ..." [ChiarelloBlog]

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