In 1509, Isabella d’Este, noble wife of Francesco Gonzaga, was Marchesa of Mantua and one of the leading women of the Italian Renaissance. In one of her famous letters, she begged her husband to hurry to Lake Garda from Mantova -the capital of their Duchy and less than 3 hours by road - to join her, to enjoy the local fish dishes. The original calls for pike, which are plentiful in Lake Garda, but I prefer trout, though any freshwater fish will work.
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