This region is Emilia and Romagna. In short, Emilia means ham, cheese and Ferrari; Romagna means Sangiovese, the Adriatic Coast and cycling. Many more reasons to go below.

Rimini

The Romagnoli of the Adriatic coast practically invented mass tourism in Italy and their famous hospitality, not forgetting the mythical piadina and Sangiovese wine, makes everybody welcome. 

It was in 1843 that the first public bathing area was created and fifty years after that the two big hotels, the Kursaal and the Grand Hotel were opened. Yet it was in the 1960's and 1970's that saw boom times for the town and established it as the mecca of sun, sea, and summer beach dancing. 

What impresses is the organization of the beach front and the range of activities lined up for the visitor. Each section of beach is numbered and every year seems to offer something new from the year before. Rather than signing up for one for the whole length of a stay, we recommend you pick and mix. One day choose the step aerobics, weights room and 5-side football pitches at number 86; the next the bubbling saunas, WiFi points and yoga sessions a little further along at number 55.

Last modified on 12 August 2014

May Food Festivals near Ravenna

Our choice of four of the best annual May food festivals near Ravenna, no doubt all washed down with the fabulous local Sangiovese Superiore wine. Have a sleep before driving back to your accommodation!

Last modified on 17 May 2014

Tortellini Pasta from Bologna

The 'Camera di Commercio, Industria, Artigianato e Agricoltura di Bologna' has produced a small paperback called 'La Mercanzia' which outlines the history and background to tortellini pasta from Bologna and tagliatelle pasta. It is without doubt the definitive source for anyone seeking information about Emilia Romagna's classic pasta.

It is at the above Chamber of Commerce where the official recipes for 'tortellini di Bologna' and 'ragu Bolognese' have been deposited for posterity, as well as the correct measurements for real tagliatella pasta from Bologna or 'tagliatella di Bologna'. There is even a sample tagliatella in a locked box used to settle arguments.

Last modified on 14 May 2014

Bolognese Ragu recipe

Published in Emilia Romagna Recipes

Spaghetti bolognese, spag bol, spaghetti with meatballs, whatever you want to call it and however you make it, the sauce should be as delicious as this. This is the official recipe deposited at the Bologna Chamber of Commerce and if you would like to see how it is made then view the video below.

ingredients

300 gr. of minced loin of pork, 300gr. di minced beef, 100 gr. minced bacon, 100 gr. minced ham, 1 onion, 1 carrot, 1 celery, glass of red wine, tomato sauce, vegetable, salt

Last modified on 14 May 2014

Filling for Bolognese tortellini

Published in Emilia Romagna Recipes

This recipe is known as the 'Holy' recipe. You cannot get a more authentic filling for your tortellini pasta than this. So authentic is it, that it was registered at the Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Handicraft and Agriculture in Bologna by the 'Dotta Confraternita del Tortellino' and the local commitee of the 'Italian Cookery Academy' on December 7th 1974.

ingredients

100g pork loin, 100g lean Parma ham, 100g real Bologna sausage (mortadella), 150g parmigiano reggiano cheese, 1 hen egg, a bit of nutmeg.

Last modified on 14 May 2014

Museum of Coffee Machines

From the enthusiasm of a young Italian collector, Enrico Maltoni, anyone passionate about Italian coffee and coffee making machines can now find out more close up.A dedicated exhibition with accompanying book and website is now celebrating one of the most beloved habits of Italian people: espresso coffee.

Last modified on 27 April 2014

Museum of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese

November 2003 saw the inauguration of the Museum of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese in Soragna, province of Parma. The 'Parmesan Cheese' museum is the first of four such food museums which celebrate the typical products of the zone, all famous across the world.

The other museums are dedicated to Parma ham, Salame Felino and Tomatoes and all information on each is behind the link below. The initiative is supported by the Consorzio del Prosciutto di Parma and the Consorzio del Parmigiano Reggiano.

Last modified on 25 April 2014

Tortelloni Pasta recipe

Published in Emilia Romagna Recipes

Reading "the broker" by john grisham; he gave an explanation of the difference between tortellini and tortelloni in northern italy. I am trying to verify that difference and obtain a recipe for the latter. I had dinner at a very fine restaurant, The Cocchi, in Parma and the "tortollino" was similar to ravioli with a butter sauce; it was superb. please help me out ...

Not to be confused with tortellini, tortelloni is basically very large ravioli. There are many types not only square, but triangles and semicircles etc. The filling changes around the regions (asparagus, spinach, mint), but that of Bologna must contain parsley.

ingredients

For the pasta: 600g flour, 6 eggs, 600g fresh ricotta, 250g parmigiano reggiano cheese, 1 egg, parsley.

For the filling: 2 tins tomatoes, butter, chopped celery & carrot & onion, salt & pepper, 1 small spoon sugar, sage

Last modified on 25 April 2014

Fried Gnocco dough

Fried gnocco or gnocco fritto is typical of Emilia Romagna and especially the area of Reggio Emilia and Modena where they are served with Italian salumi such as mortadella, prosciutto, salame felino and culatello.

Last modified on 24 April 2014

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