Heat the oil and butter in a heavy saucepan, add the onions and cook until they are translucent.
Add the rice and stir until it is well coated with the butter and oil mixture.
Add the white wine and stir continually over medium heat until it is absorbed.
Start to add 1/2 cup of hot broth and tomato mixture, stirring as it is absorbed. Continue in this manner, adding ladles full of hot broth, and stirring continuously for about 20-25 minutes or until the rice is cooked, but remains slightly firm to the teeth. Stir in the grated cheese and basil and season with salt and pepper.
Refrigerate risotto, covered, for 8 hours, or overnight.
Place the flour in one shallow bowl, the eggs and milk in another, and the breadcrumbs in a third bowl. Take a small handful of the rice and place in your palm creating an indentation in the center. Place a piece of cheese in the center and wrap the rice around the cheese creating an oblong shape.
Continue to use up all the rice in the same manner making more arancini, placing the finished ones on a baking sheet.
Take each rice ball and first roll in flour, then dip into the egg mixture, and finally roll in breadcrumbs. Return to the baking sheet and continue to coat the remaining rice balls in the same manner.
Heat the oil in a heavy saucepan to 375 degrees F. Fry 3 or 4 rice balls at a time until crisp and golden brown.
Use a slotted spoon to remove from the oil, and place on a tray covered in paper towels in a warm oven. Continue to fry the remaining rice balls in the same fashion, then serve hot.
When was the last time you had dinner in an Italian restaurant in Canada and you thought you were dining in Italy? That’s exactly how “Ospitalità Italiana Certified”restaurants want you to feel when you visit their fine dining establishments.
Ospitalità Italiana is an official certification from Unioncamere, Italy’s federation of local Chambers of Commerce and Industry, that tells you that the food you are enjoying is unquestionably Italian: products are authentic, ingredients genuine and recipes true to the thousand year history of Italian cuisine.
Canada is home to some leading Italian Chefs. Passionate and innovative, many have refined their skills and advanced their knowledge directly in Italy. In addition, Montréal boasts a fabulous cooking school ITHQ where young aspiring chefs learn Italian technic and Italian traditional recipes from the masters.
So the next time you make reservations for an Italian dinner in a Montreal restaurant, ask if they’ve received the Ospitalità Italiana seal of approval. You will enjoy the true Italian taste.