Curious Appetite

Bologna

A cheat sheet to my favorites in Bologna, Italy

Hello there, it’s been a while since I shared a post about Bologna on the blog! I won’t go into a super detailed spiral as to why but I’ll get straight to the point: I am focusing more on my newsletter (subscribe here- it’s free!), I’m more active on Instagram these days and writing articles for external publications, as well as keeping busy with leading culinary experiences.

Our food tour guests tend to ask where to eat in Bologna, the best pasta in Bologna, best gelato in Bologna, where to get a drink in Bologna- so I thought I’d compile this handy cheat sheet with my top 3-5 picks for each category plus links to my more extensively written guides on sites like Eater, Conde Nast Traveller and Vogue Magazine. Continue Reading

FICO Eataly World Opening & 18 Essential Restaurants in Bologna

Hello curious readers! The last few weeks I’ve retracted and kept my head down with various commitments. Some of which include writing about the opening of FICO Eataly World for Eater and researching dining in Bologna for an essential restaurants list.

Article links here if you’d like to cut to the chase:

The 18 Essential Restaurants in Bologna via Eater

Inside Eataly World, Italy’s Massive Food Theme Park 

If you’re curious about my unfiltered assessment on FICO and how I developed the Bologna dining guide- read on! Continue Reading

Week 2: more tortellini, cocktail fails and Bologna’s last Mortadella artisan

Pasquini’s Mortadella is hardly Bologna

Quick brief: I’m in Bologna for a month. So why you in Bologna? the food! change of scene! Putting my precious Italian degree into practice/remembering why I studied it in the first place- because I am fascinated by Italy! I wish I could immerse myself in ever major city/region like this for a month or 2!

Moving on…so part of the quest for this trip is to find the best tortellini in Bologna and to find someone willing to teach me how to make it. As in my last post, I’ve learned some clues as to what makes tortellini good, but wonder if I have a proper benchmark. In Florence, I’ve worked with cooking classes led by mammas and grandmas, some with Emilia-Romagna roots. Handmade pasta- down. But what about the broth or the filling? And even working with the culinary gatekeepers themselves, how does one really know a good tortellini? Is this truly a subjective quest? Continue Reading

Week one in Bologna: tortellini, brodo and panna wars

Tortellini sfoglia rina bologna

A week in a new place can feel like a month. Granted, I’m only here for a month. But as an American who has become acclimated to Florence, there are loads of differences to process. I’m so glad I decided to check this town out, now I have this idea to do this once a year. I.e. Spend time in a new city/region for about a month to really immerse myself in the culture and cuisine. Next year- Naples and Campania! What I’ve learned in this week of food hunting is that the Bolognesi are serious about their tortellini, the broth is almost as important as the pasta, the purest way to consume tortellini is in broth and adding panna to tortellini is heavily contested as a modern invention. In certain ways, they are more hard core about food than the Florentines! Continue Reading

Ciao Firenze, off to Bologna! (this is just a test)

One of the reasons to move to Bologna- don’t need umbrellas when you have portici (archways) for miles

I’ll be in Bologna for a month- to experience a new Italian city and learn everything possible about the cuisine of the Emilia-Romagna! This is the stuff Italian food dreams are made of!

A lot of people ask “so what brought you to Florence?” and the answer is essentially I’d always wanted to move to Italy and work in food and wine. They also ask “what’s your blog all about?” This blog is about where & drink eat but also about an American-born food enthusiast who moved to Italy from Seattle. In the past, I never thought anything more of Florence than a touristic city and was surprised to learn it was indeed a pretty cool place to live. Continue Reading

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