Bologna is a beautiful, old city, not to be missed, not only because of its great sights, but also because of its food. Called la grassa (the bountiful) due to its hospitality in general and its tortellini, prosciutto, cured hams and other delicacies specifically, you can spend part of your day exploring the small streets that are filled with the fantastic variety of foods that give it its nickname.
Not to be missed is the area around Via Caprarie, Via Clavature, and Via Pescherie Vecchie. You will see colorful fruit and vegetable stands, everything perfectly displayed, displays of huge rounds of cheese and hanging proscuitto, fresh fish markets, and for those with a strong stomach, a cavallo shop – horse meat. The variety of tortellini however is what Bologna is truly famous for. They are made each day, in many different shapes and sizes, and filled with all sorts of tasty ingredients.
For lunch or dinner, most restaurants will have some sort of tortellini or pasta special. You can enjoy plump tortellini topped with a creamy Gorgonzola sauce and walnuts – rich in flavor and just heavenly! Or simply prepared with butter and sage. From the first bite, you can tell by the texture of the pasta that it was made that very morning. La Grassa might put some inches on the waistline, but worth every calorie.