In the Italian cooking tradition you can find several ways to cook the Arista, but in most of the cases it is roasted. My Arista version is called Arista "al Latte" - with milk - which is the way my mother was used to cook it
Lentils are a symbol to the Italians. Legend has it that if you eat lentils on New Year's Eve, at midnight, the next year will be happier, you will be lucky and you will get more money than the previous year.
Food is pretty much a religion in Italy, so the official starters of the Piedmont Region are approximately 140. Our creativity may allow us to create new ones, but for those who are very sticky to tradition, nothing can be served as an official starter out of the codified ones.