If I say Michelin starred restaurant near Bologna your first thought goes to Massimo Bottura's Osteria Francescana. And you're right because the #2 restaurant in the world is a worth-a-plane place. But it's not the only Michelin star that you should check if you are in Bologna. It took some time (and money) but here are 3 very different places that have more than a star in common. They're all places you won't forget easily.
The first suggestion I give to tourists who ask me what to visit in Bologna is to walk. Bologna is small enough to be covered in a few hours and walking around is the best way to discover its hidden secrets: gardens, painted porticos, canals and, most important, people are easier to meet if you walk around. Now spring has arrived so here are 3 nice day walks you can have, plus one very special trekking for the athletes readers.
I spent the last 2 months at school, a very special school. Some people call it the "University of Balsamic", it's a course hold by the masters of Consorteria dell'Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena in Spilamberto, the only association that promotes the culture of Balsamic according to the tradition. I took lessons of agriculture, chemistry, tasting, I visited a barrel producer and a proper acetaia at work, to discover all the best practices of producing Balsamic. Here are 5 things I've learnt that I hope will make you fall in love with this unique product.
It took a while but it's here. After 3 years of tasting in Bologna, it's time to look forward to a new adventure.
"The food of Modena" is a brand new food tour in Modena born with with the passion and love of all the people around Taste Bologna which I can only thank for being that special. Let's see what's inside this new food tour.
Last days of the year are always time for charts and weighing things up. 2016 has been a great year for me and for Taste Bologna. More than 800 people from around the world joined our food tours in Bologna and this "thing", that started as a joke, a way to create something that I could love and represent me, is growing so fast. So let's go through what happened in 2016 in the best way I can. Speaking of food of course!
Tigelle are one of the most classic debate topics of Emilia Romagna's food. During our Bologna tours I usually say that in Italy we love to slightly change name and few ingredients of a recipe, if you move just a few km from one town to another. If you ask for Tigelle in Modena you get a typical bread usually served with meat and cheese or pesto. But their story is much more complex and interesting, so it's time to put the light on them.