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Friday food porn: Rossini-inspired repast

Merlo's risotto alla Rossini.

Merlo’s risotto alla Rossini.

Made with carnaroli rice, shallots, champagne, fois gras, fresh porcini and seasonal truffles, this risotto, the weekend special at Merlo on Maple on the Gold Coast, is inspired by Gioacchino Rossini, the great 19th-century Italian composer.

Rossini wrote nearly 40 operas, but in his time, he was as well known for his gastronomic events as his music, and quite a few classic recipes bear his name. With his friend, French chef Marie-Antoine Careme, Rossini created a variety of recipes inspired by Italian culinary history.

Chef Luisa Silvia Marani’s take on risotto alla Rossini is available at Merlo through Sunday, $48.