This Italian rice is grown in the Veneto region. The Vialone Nano, with its squat grains, is an excellent rice that absorbs condiments very well and has a good yield in cooking. Much appreciated in the old gastronomical tradition in Veneto and Mantova, it is more suitable for risotto than for soups. It is often combined with the most traditional flavors of these areas, including pumpkin, snails, and game meat. Its popularity got a boost when the legendary Harry's Bar of Venice opened a restaurant in New York, where the chef uses only Vialone Nano when making his risotto.