La Cucina Bolognese + Aperitivo Traditions
Telling about Italian gastronomical capital, I can not mention the cuisine. But first of all, I have to reveal a big Italian secret: all the dishes you know and think are Italian, are probably something extremely not Italian. The fact is, Italian cuisine differs A LOT from city to city – imagine how do recipes change on the way to other countries and cultures! Each place has it’s particular, uncommon recipes and local specialties. For example, Bologna is famous for its meat dishes, while Ferrara – 30 km away – welcomes you with pumpkin treats. You can hardly find anything with fish or seafood in Bologna, while Rimini is all about it. Another thing is the name. Take Spaghetti Bolognese: they don’t exist in Bologna! You will never find anything called like that on any menu, and if you ask a waiter for that, be ready to get the most indignant look ever (worse is only when your order cappuccio after 12 a.m., but that’s a different story). Tortellini, tagliatelle, lasagna, everything al ragù: La Grassa nickname is well-deserved. Let’s take a deeper look.