Finding the "best" ingredients can be daunting at best. There seems to be a million alternatives for most common cooking ingredients, and there's very little to help you decide. Here's a few tips I've found on line and in cooking magazines, which have helped steer me right.
Arborio rice is the main ingredient for any Risotto, and traditionally comes from italy. However, good rice can come for other places, as seen by the "winner" from Cook's Illustrated taste lab:
- Riceselect Arborio Rice (from Texas!)
- Riso Baricella Superfino Arborio Rice
- Rienzi Permium Gourmet Arborio Rice
- Pastene Superfino Italian Arborio Rice (good flavor, but not as creamy)