Emilia Excellence Food Tour
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Visiting Bologna just remember: cooking in Italy is an art and you are in a city full of masterpieces. Bologna is mother to many typical Italian dishes.
It is said that cuisine has evolved at the same time as the university, the oldest in Europe, and has get the influences of those visitors who already populated the city in the Middle Ages. Walking through the streets of Bologna city center, you will find a lot of shops with typical Emilia-Romagna products. Cheese & Salami fill the showcases but the main protagonist is definitely the fresh egg pasta. Many restaurants in Bologna offer some Tigelle as Aperitivo to match the good wine.
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1. Tortellino, the prince of Bologna Food
The Tortellino is certainly the most famous of the typical dishes of Bologna and can be found in most restaurants. If you want to eat as a local, ask for a plate of Tortellini in broth. They are often served in other ways but the traditional one are with broth.
According to the original recipe, Tortellino is prepared by making a fresh egg pasta with a filling of meat and cheese, all strictly of Emilian origin.
The goddess's navel to eat good and beautiful
Culture and food in Bologna blend perfectly, Tortellino is the best example. In fact the legend tells that Venus, goddess of beauty, was staying in an inn near Bologna. Just on this occasion, the innkeeper saw the beautiful woman while she was asleep and he got her perfect shapes.
The innkeeper was so fascinated that he ran into the kitchen and laid the pasta. So he created the Tortellino inspired by the shape of the Venus navel. Although today it is very difficult to see Venus turning around the streets, Bolognese continues to shape the fresh leaf and fill it with the same care of a time.
2. Tagliatelle with ragù sauce, not spaghetti Bolognese
- The Tagliatelle are made by cutting a fresh egg pasta in 8mm strips, this size corresponds to the 12,270th part of the height of the Asinelli Tower in Bologna.
- Spaghetti are round, elongated and can have a variable size. Also the egg is not used in the dough.
- The Tagliatelle recipe is so important in the gastronomic culture of Emilia Romagna that the recipe is copyrighted and deposited at the Bologna Chamber of Commerce. In 1972 the measure was reproduced in a gold standard, this sample was kept at the Palazzo della Mercanzia in Bologna.
3. The Green Lasagna
Lasagna is one of the traditional Italian dishes, now famous and popular all over the world. If you have already tried Lasagna and enjoyed it (of course you do!) you should definitely try this regional version.
Green Lasagna are a traditional dish of Emilia Romagna and in particular of the city of Bologna. Do not be fooled by the addition of spinach, this is not a vegetarian dish! Ragù and bechamel are essential to prepare this delicious dish.
4. Mortadella, the original Bologna Sausage
The salami most appetizing and characteristic of our town is the Mortadella. The What in Italy is known as Mortadella in other countries is famous as Bologna sausage.
In fact, this salami is so tied to the image of the city that abroad has lost its original name. Such name appears to be of ancient origin, even Roman. In fact, mortar was the tool with which pork’s parts were chopped before being mixed with lard, spiced and then make sausages.
However, the very important thing is the rich and intense flavor of Mortadella, let’s remember that the IGP brand (protected geographical indication) protects its origin. Try the one of Bolognese origin, a good place to find it is the area of the Quadrilatero.
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5. The Bologna Schnitzel or Cotoletta Petroniana
To complete the culinary tour can not miss the Bologna Schnitzel also called Cotoletta Petroniana in honour of San Petronio, the patron saint of Bologna.
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This is a real explosion of taste, veal or chicken is breaded in the egg and fried. It follows the baking in the oven with a spoonful of meat broth, a slice of ham and Grana cheese shavings .Absolutely the favourite dish of those who love strong tastes.
These are just the top five traditional Bologna food
Here we have illustrated only the best five traditional dishes but remember that Bolognese cuisine is full of delicacies.
In many restaurants you will find variations and customizations created by the chef’s experience and many other tasty foods to try. That’s why we suggest you never stop, Bologna is a city that can give great surprises to those who love good food.