Panissa

Beans and Rice, Salami, and Vegetables from Vercelli

Preparation info

  • Serves

    6 to 8

    • Difficulty

      Medium

Appears in

In Nonna's Kitchen

In Nonna's Kitchen

By Carol Field

Published 1997

  • About

Rice, beans, salami, and vegetables: panissa is the rich and robust dish with which the city of Vercelli identifies itself. Served on Sunday as a blessing and acknowledgment of well-being, it has been considered simple country food in Piedmont for more than two centuries, although families of every background eat it with pleasure.

Rice, first planted in Piedmont in the fifteenth or sixteenth century, is to the Piedmontese what bread is to other regions of Italy: a basic ingredient o