With Bologna as a well-known mecca for foodies across the globe, you will not be disappointed with the cuisine on offer in Emilia-Romagna. Boasting delicacies such as Parmigiano Reggiano and Prosciutto di Parma and renowned for being the birthplace of fresh pasta, Bologna is considered the culinary capital of Italy - a reputation which it works hard to maintain.
The Quadrilatero is a particular neighbourhood, at the heart of this beautiful city, which is famed for its great variety of food produce. A vast array of goods, freshly sourced and prepared, are displayed under brightly coloured awnings for your perusal. From pasta pieces formed into the most exquisite shapes in every shade of the rainbow, to Prosciutto di Parma, dry-cured to perfection, there is something here for everybody. If you’re curious of mind, you will find yourself awed by the range of pasta, meats and cheeses on offer as you embark on a journey of sensory delight. At night the stalls disappear and the Quadrilatero becomes a bustling hub for tourists and locals alike, drawn like moths to a flame to some of the best restaurants in Italy which inhabit these ancient streets.
Once you’ve indulged in the best pasta you’ll ever eat, you may find yourself longing for something a little sweeter - the perfect dolce to round off the evening. You’ll be pleased to hear you haven’t got far to go; just outside the Quadrilatero, on Piazza Camillo Benso Cavour, you’ll find Cremeria Cavour. This beautiful gelateria serves delicious, fresh gelato in a vast range of flavours. From Cioccolato e Rhum (rum and chocolate chips), Amarenata (almond crisp, hazelnut, amaretti biscuits and chocolate chips) to Limone (lemon) and Fragola (raspberry) you will be confounded by such an abundance of choice that it’s almost impossible to narrow your selection!
Whilst Bologna embodies a food fanatic’s utopia, other parts of Emilia-Romagna are similarly rich in their culinary traditions. If you travel a little way west of the capital of this region, you will find yourself in Savigno, a small town with a big reputation in foodie circles. Famed for its annual Truffle Festival, this hillside paradise is best visited in the early autumn. It is at this time of year that the porcini mushrooms and truffles which have earned this town its reputation are most abundant. Foragers and truffle hunters alike are in their element here, harvesting these precious delicacies for our consumption.
When it comes to sampling the goods, whilst Bologna is packed with restaurants offering truffle-infused delights, the very best way to experience these seasonal treasures is at Amerigo dal 1934, a delightful restaurant in Savigno itself. Whilst it has been awarded a Michelin star, this humble, informal eatery lacks the pretension one may expect of such an esteemed establishment. During the truffle season you can try dishes from a specially curated ‘truffle menu’, which we can assure you will leave nothing to be desired. See their passatelli covered with white truffle below.
To round off your trip to Emilia-Romagna you could while away an evening at the impeccably stylish Osteria Francescana in Modena. This restaurant, boasting 3 Michelin Stars, is overseen by the highly-praised chef, Massimo Bottura, and has twice been voted ‘best restaurant in the world’ by the 50 Best List. The food is truly divine, though at the more expensive end of the spectrum. If you’re looking for something a little more affordable, we can recommend the slightly less glamorous, but no less delicious, Franceschetta58, la sorella piccola (the little sister) of Bottura’s exclusive Osteria Francescana. In these establishments traditional Italian cuisine is invigorated with a new spirit as Bottura puts his creative twist on some of the finest dishes Emilia-Romagna has to offer.
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