Living in Northern Italy was an extraordinary cultural experience. If I drove about 20 minutes north of Como, I would be in Switzerland. About 20 minutes south, I would be in Milano. One of my favorite places to drive was about 20 minutes up the mountain above Brunate to a place only trekkers would usually stumble upon, San Maurizio. There you will find La Baita Carla, a Valtellinese style lodge that serves incredible Northern Italian comfort food, such as this Italian-style Goulash served over a hill of polenta. This hearty dish requires a robust red wine. I recommend Madonna Nera Rosso di Montalcino.
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2 pounds of Stew Meat
2 Large Onions, sliced thinly
3 cups of Imported Italian Canned Whole Tomatoes, chopped roughly
2-1/2 cups Red Wine
1 cup Broth
1/4 cup Red Wine Vinegar
1/4 cup EVOO
1 teaspoon Paprika
Pinch of Red Chili Pepper Flakes, to taste
Sea Salt and Pepper, to taste