Now that we're back from Italy and all settled in, we figured we'd give you another taste of Italy. This time, from Bologna. We went to Bologna after Florence, but we found Florence to be somewhat of a foodie bust. The food was good, but not great, likely due to the fact that it's clogged with tourists there.
Bologna on the other hand is a food lovers paradise. It seems to be a somewhat overlooked and underrated city - not even getting a page in Rick Steve's Italian tour book that we had used throughout the trip - but that turned out to be a plus as we had our most authentic meals in this city.
It's located just minutes away from places like Parma, Modena, and Emilio Reggiano, so delicious D.O.P. Prosciutto di Parma, Prosciutto di Modena, Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, and Parmigiano Reggiano are aplenty, and very affordable.
We had one of our best meals of the trip at a very old and well known place in Bologna called Osteria 15. Everything was so good, so fresh, and so delicious, and we ate so much that we were literally not hungry throughout most of the next day.
We started off with a sampler of cured meats, fried bread, and cheeses. A fresh, dry ricotta drizzled with a reduction of balsamic vinegar was one of the cheeses, and the other was this creamy, delicious cheese that unfortunately I've forgotten the name of, but is apparently a typical cheese of the region (anyone out there remember what that might be? Let us know in the comments!).
|Fresh ricotta with balsamic reduction|
|Cured meats and that amazing cheese. Creamy and tangy and delicious!|
|Tortellini with artichoke cream sauce|
|Gramigne con salsicce|
|Prosciutto with baked tomino cheese. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm|
|Our view while eating in Bologna's countryside|
|The first pasta - with vegetables grown in the garden nearby|
|The second pasta - with black truffle cream sauce and chopped walnuts|
|The secondi - white cow with balsamic and parmigiano, with a side of crisped potatoes and peperonata|
|Maccheroni with tomato pesto and prosciutto|
Anyway - hopefully that whets your appetite for some delicious prosciutto and parmigiano with lambrusco tonight and puts Bologna on your itinerary for your next visit to Italy. Next up this week we'll be back to our regularly scheduled programming :)