Dreaming Of Bologna 
This month Cooking Vacations travels to Bologna La Grassa, nicknamed the fat city, where autumn is in full swing.  Stroll through Piazza Maggiore and pass by Piazza Nettuno - alive with street artists, concerts, chestnut roasters and fairs.  Visit the statue of Nettuno, called il gigante, the giant, and experience Bologna, home to Europe's first university.  Bologna is one of my absolute favorite Italian cities.

By now your appetite is awakened as scents from the Medieval Market lure you closer. Veer off the piazza and head to via Pescherie and via Drapperie where you will be greeted by wheels of parmigiano reggiano, taglieri of hand -carved prosciutto, salami and mortadella.  Fish vendors too selling their daily catch.  The narrow pedestrian-only path is lined with family-owned shops whose shelves and windows are brimming with aceto balsamico di Modena, hand-made tortellini, tagliatelle al ragù, tortellini in brodo and green lasagna.
Stop for a spuntino, and pull up a stool at any of the crowded outdoor tables where glasses clink and liberal university students converse with traditional locals, all while drinking Gutturnio , Sangiovese, Pignoletto and Lambrusco - Emiglia Romagna's finest wine.
Soak up the air of Emilia Romagna and join us in the kitchen - and soon you'll be making tortellini like a Bolognese!
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Table Talk
Bologna, an elegant interesting city, often stands in the shadow of Rome, Venice and Florence.  If being hailed Italy's gastronomic capital, isn't enough to get you there, it's also home to parmigiano, prosciutto and Bolognese - the original recipe is in a museum!  It's also a city of porticos - over 40 kilometers of them.  From Piazza Maggiore to the sanctuary of the Madonna di San Lucca, visitors can freely stroll the city protected from sun and rain.  Along the route, there are museums, top-notch shopping - home to Furla, old world caffés, wine bars, trattorie, and even my favorite tea emporium, Filicori Zecchini, with its vaulted tasting room.  For a grand aerial view climb the stairs of Le due Torri: Garisenda e degli Asinelli, the two towers in the center city.
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Bologna's Medieval Market 

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We invite you to join us on this magical culinary journey through the Medieval City of Bologna, under arches and across piazzas to discover a city that is rich in food, history and elegant in all senses.Spend an unforgettable week cooking, tasting & touring through Bologna with our expert chefs and artisan producers. Our private guide and food lover takes you through the famous marketplace of Bologna and its specialty food stores, purveyors, food stands and vendors with tastings included.
Join us in the hills of Emilia-Romagna and step into an exceptional kitchen with a team of Michelin Star Chefs. Your head chef is one of the leaders in Italy's food scene and maintains the traditions of his family-started trattoria, founded in the early 1900s. The simple cuisine, the green vegetable patch, the fields and woods are all the same as in the 1900s, and the chef continues to produce award-winning cuisine in the hills of Bologna. A team of prized & trained dogs, along with your chef, lead you on a truffle hunt for the rare ingredient indigenous to the hills

In the picturesque countryside surrounding Parma lives the soul of Italian cuisine. Staples and delicacies at the core of Italian cooking - Parmigiano Reggiano, balsamic vinegar and prosciutto di Parma - all have their origins here. Learn the secrets of local artisans, farmers and ranchers employing techniques developed and refined through the centuries on an unforgettable odyssey through the heartland of Italian gastronomy


Recipes From Our Kitchen

Tagliatelle Bolognese 
~ Tagliatelle the Bolognese Way
Courtesy of Chef Federica, Bologna

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Ragù Classico 
~ Classic Bolognese Sauce
Courtesy of Chef Federica, Bologna 
Pizzicotti Dolci 
~ Chocolate Bologna Cookies   
Courtesy of Chef Federica, Bologna

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Chef Federica's Tagliatelle ~ Tagliatelle the Bolognese way  
Paired with:
Pignoletto di Colli Bolognese
Hailing from the hills of Bologna, this white pairs perfectly with tagliatelle, adding a well-balanced flavor to your pasta course.  The white-yellow color is recognizable as it was named the second DOCG of Emilia-Romagna in 2010.

Chef Federica's Ragù Classico ~ Classic Bolognese Sauce 
Paired with:
Sangiovese di Romagna  
A classic sauce requires a classic red, and this Sangiovese's full, robust taste is a perfect compliment to the ragù classico.  The dry, full taste can also be paired with roasts and grilled meats.

Chef Federica's Pizzicotti Dolci ~ Sweet Pizzicotti
Paired with:
Albana di Romagna
This fabulous white, the first of its kind in Italy to obtain DOCG recognition, was introduced to the region by the Romans. There are four varieties in production today, but we recommend the sweet version to compliment these delicate Italian cookies.

With Love From Italy

Marcato Atlas Wellness Pasta Maker, Stainless Steel
Bring the traditions of Bologna into your kitchen with this stainless steel pasta maker. Voted the best Pasta Maker of 2016, the hand-cranked machine fits perfectly on any kitchen counter.  Visit them on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Machine-Stainless-180-Millimeter-Instructions-Warranty/dp/B004BDKI68/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1474537624&sr=8-2&keywords=Marcato+Atlas+Wellness+Pasta+Maker  

Majani Chocolate  
Majani, one of Italy's oldest chocolate makers, dates back to 1796. Step inside and you'll be greeted by signore Patrizia and Sara, aproned and elegant, who'll fill your candy box with chocolate Fiats and tortellinis, to name a few. Set on via de' Carbonesi, 5, it's just a two minute walk from the Piazza Maggiore.   Visit them at shop.majani.com  
La Baita Market         
A must-see in Bologna is La Baita. This centuries-old food landmark is set on the via Pescherie Vecchie, 3, and features endless artisan Parmaham, prosciutto, Parmigiano-Reggiano, pecorino, culatello, black and white truffles, tortellini, tagliatelle, friggione and lasagna. Pack an extra bag and shop till you drop at this one-of-a-kind food emporium in the heart of Bologna's Medieval Market.  Visit them at http://www.vecchiamalganegozi.it 

aly On A P late

Flavors Of The Season
By Germaine Stafford

Germaine continues her roundup of what's happening in the culinary world in Italy and gives you her chef of the month, book recommendation, and a list of seasonal foods for September.
What's In Season?  
Sea Bream, John Dory, Halibut, Clams, Gooseberries, Tomatoes, Wild fennel, Melons, Raspberries, Red currants, Black currants, Figs, Pears, Apples

Dining In Bologna
All' Osteria Bottega


Applauded by the Slow Food organization, Chef Daniele Bedanti and his partner are passionate about local seasonal ingredients. Guests open a four-page list of the menu's ingredients, including locally-cured meats and salami made from la mora romagnola, black pork raised in Ramini, and choose from a range of traditional menu items from Emilia Romagna.  The setting is simple and decorated with cured meats and salumi hanging behind a state-of-the-art meat slicer. Located on the quaint via Saragozza, 54, the restaurant is not to be missed!
All'Osteria Bottega
Via Santa Caterina 54
Book Corner  
By Elisabeth Luard   
The elegant 176 pages of truffle know-how (photographs by John Heseltine) takes the reader through the history, cultivation and famous recipes of truffles - hailed the world's black diamond. Although Ms. Luard includes regions in both Italy and France, her background in journalism and appreciation for the ancient traditions of truffle-hunting is evident.

This book is a great find for truffle-lovers and culinary experts alike who will find inspiration in the stunning photographs and expertly written exploration of Emilia-Romagna's hidden treasure

Visit them on Amazon at  https://www.amazon.com/Truffles-Elisabeth-Luard/dp/0711224935/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1474555894&sr=8-1&keywords=Truffles+by+Luard     
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