9. Bologna: Guided Traditional Food Tour
Learn all of the secrets of traditional Italian food culture and items from the Bologna region on this guided food tour. Your food local expert will navigate you through the life in Bologna behind the dishes and their preparation. Experience Bologna from an unusual perspective. Learn why Bologna is known as the wise for containing the second oldest university in Europe, the red because of the red roofs of its houses, and the rich for its food offerings and flavor. Discover the secrets behind Italian gastronomy in the Emilia-Romagna region as a reference due to its historical ties with food and Bologna as a hotspot for Italian culinary excellence. The following are a few dishes that you may try during the tour: - Fresh pasta like Ragù alla Bolognese Tagliatelle topped with local Parmesan Cheese. One, if not, the, quintessential first dish in Bologna. More versatile than the famous Lasagna, this dish will welcome you into Bologna while still leaving some space in your stomach for the following stops. In alternative you may be served Tortellini, served in broth, as the tradition commands, which is equally as typical. - A platter of mixed Pizza with Gourmet toppings - try a delicious platter of mixed gourmet pizza in a local market, pizza is hands down the most requested and loved food in Italy and in Bologna it may be topped with delicious local ingredients. - Cotoletta alla Bolognese in the modern version of meatballs. An original version of a traditional dish in Bologna, the Boltoletta is a new way to taste the Cotoletta alla Bolognese. A veal meat served with a rich sauce made with cream and parmesan cheese and topped with smoked ham. The traditional recipe requires that the meat is fried, then served in meat broth. Finally, it is briefly baked in the oven and served covered in melted cheese and ham. - The best artisanal Italian ice cream in Bologna with delicious flavours or alternatively Torta degli Addobbi: a rice cake with very ancient origins; it was prepared in Bologna, already around 1400, on the occasion of Corpus Domini, the end of May; a time when balconies and windows were festively decorated with coloured drapes and this cake cut into diamond shapes was offered to relatives and friends! - Espresso or a Macchiato (very different from the American Macchiato) is the inevitable conclusion of every Italian proper meal. Espresso will be offered in a local coffee shop.