Tortellini. Lasagne. Mortadella. Bologna is a city which has earned its accolades as a gastronomic paradise by giving the world some of Italy’s best loved dishes, including that glorious rich meaty ragù we’ve all come to know and love as ‘bolognese’. There is a reason one of the city’s many nicknames is ‘la grassa’ (the fat one); it is where diets come to die. Here’s your insider’s guide.
Lambrusco has made somewhat of a comeback - served up on the menu of many a trendy pop-up Italian restaurant.
Usually plonked down on the table to accompany a hearty meal, or served as an aperitivo, Lambrusco is the wine of choice in Emilia - Romagna. Find out what happened when I paid a visit to Gavioli Antica Cantina, in the small town of Nonatola.
By virtue of it no longer being the 1950s, most people know what balsamic vinegar is. It has fast become a staple in many a middle-class household cupboard, whipped out and laboriously sloshed over salads across the nation. Actually, we’re doing it all wrong.
I paid a visit to Acetaia dei Cristo, which has produced this beautifully brown syrupy stuff for over four generations to learn all about it.
It’s frequently described as ‘refreshingly un-touristy’, ‘undiscovered’ and ‘underrated’ which, in my book, usually means ‘no one goes here for a reason’.
Don’t get me wrong, it takes a strange sort of person to book a whole week off of work to visit this Medieval City. In the summer it’s hot, dusty and very terracotta. It’s also vibrant, beautiful and very good fun, home to some of the best cuisine in the country and some world class exhibitions and permanent collections of art.
Here are just three reasons to visit Bologna. You'll love it.