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AC Milan

Facts & Figures

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  • Country of origin: Italy
  • Founded in: 1899
  • Stadium: San Siro, Milan, Italy
  • Team Nickname: The Rossoneri (The Red and Blacks) or il Diavolo (The Devil)
  • Official AC Milan Team Web Site in English - also available in Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Arabic and Chinese
  • Best Continental Championship Performance: Winners 7 times
  • Best National League Performance: Winners 18 times
  • Best National Cup Competition Performance: Winners 5 times
The rivalry between Internazionale and AC Milan is legendary, and stretches all the way back to Inter's founding 100 years ago. Inter was a "breakaway rebel" team, formed by a group who wanted to invite international players to join the team; the "core" AC Milan wanted to remain a purely Italian side at the time. These days of course, most major teams are formed of players of many nationalities, but 100 years ago this was not the case.

Ideas for an AC Milan Themed Party

The obvious - if actually incorrect answer - is to order in pizza. It's quick, simple and easy to arrange, and there's nothing wrong with that! However, technically pizza is believed to have originated in Naples (Napoli), not Milan, although there are many pizzarias in Milan, and they are very popular.

AC Milan Party Decorations

Food for an AC Milan Themed Party

If you prefer some more authentic Milanese recipes, risotto is extremely popular, as are dishes cooked with veal - breaded veal cutlet is one particularly popular Milanese speciality. As well as veal, other popular local produce to look out for includes salami, cheeses (including gorgonzola, Grana Padano and mascarpone), and local mushrooms, and we have tried to include recipes featuring many of these ingredients below. It is perhaps misleading to think of "Italian food", as many dishes popular in the area around Milan are more closely related to the cuisines of alpine neighbours such as Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia, than they are to southern Italian cooking.

Italians in general - and the Milanese are no exception - tend to eat their evening meals late, but many enjoy aperitivo in the bars on the way home from work in the early evening. This is not dissimilar to the Spanish tapas concept, but in Italy acts as a kind of "happy hour". When a bar is offering aperitivo, a customer orders a drink and can then help themselves to small portions of many different dishes that are available in the venue in a "buffet" style. As long as you are ordering drinks, and the "happy hour" is still operating, you can continue to help yourself to the food. To most Italians, this is an opportunity to relax over a drink and a small snack on the way home from work. To us, with our football party heads on, there's an idea for a party here. Invite some friends round for the game, set up the buffet featuring some pizzas and some of the recipes below, let people help themselves to drinks and food before the game, then again at half time, and then again after the final whistle.

Give it a try with some of these Milanese recipes:

Savoury Recipes

Sweet Recipes

Drink for an AC Milan Themed Party

Milan is situated in the Lombardy region of Italy, which produces a reasonable quantity of wines - red, white, rosé and sparkling, of which the best known internationally is probably Lambrusco. Click here to search for Italian wines at DrinkSupermarket.com.

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