Emilia Romagna is the region of fun nightlife, millennial mosaics, good food, and hospitality. The Italian Eye presents you a trip to the wonderful natural scenery between the Apennines, the Adriatic Sea and the Po river, accompanied by tasty dishes from the culinary tradition.
Bologna is the red, the fat and the learned.
A city that excels in things that everyone loves and share, from food to community.
The arcades, along with the towers, are the symbols of the city.
For every Bolognese eating well is a priority. In the heart of the ancient market, there are traditional local specialty shops, with salami and handcrafted cheeses. Once there, you can’t miss a stop at the Osteria del Sole, that quenches its guests’ thirst since 1465. The tradition wants everyone to bring their own food to accompany the tavern wine.
Osteria del Sole
Vicolo Ranocchi, 1/d, 40124 Bologna BO
+39 347 968 0171
It’s difficult not to mention the Trattoria da Vito, that in the 70’s and 80’s was the venue of the most famous Italian songwriters. Even today it stays as an institution, its dishes being an assurance; the environment is rustic, the place is always crowded.
Trattoria da Vito
Via Mario Musolesi, 9, 40100 Bologna BO
+39 051 349809
The typical dishes of the town are tortellini and tagliatelle with ragù, whose stories are related to two women. The tagliatelle, according to a legend, would have been invented in 1487 by Bolognese cook Zafirano for the wedding of Lucrezia Borgia, and they were inspired by her hair.
Instead, the origins of tortellino are disputed between Modena and Bologna. It’s reported that, in a tavern in Castelfranco Emilia, at the time under Bologna, the chef molded the pasta while inspired by the navel of a beautiful guest lady of the tavern. Others hint to a divine origin, and the navel would be of Venus.