It is rare that risotto is served with the meat course instead of by itself as a first course. This risotto, however, is traditionally paired with the ossobuchi. If you do serve them together, have the ossobuchi ready before you start the risotto so that you can serve as soon as the risotto is ready. An essential ingredient, which gives it its characteristic richness, is beef marrow. Ask your butcher or meat department for beef marrow bones.
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