Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Trip to Emilia Romagna

So the Foodie Fashionista and I decided that we needed a break from the humdrum of a British spring.  Italy was the chosen country and when the Fashionista came across a blog (tasteforbologna) highlighting Emilia Romagna, and in particular Bologna,  as the home for Italian foodies, we had a destination. 

Now the real work started- working out where and what to eat!  I  have to say I was pretty excited when I found out that Emila Romagna was home to such tasty treats as Parmigiano Reggiano, Parma Ham, Mortadella, Tortellini, Tagliatelle and of course Bolognese (known in Bologna simply as Ragu).

We were there for a week taking in Bologna, Modena, Parma and Ferrarra and the particular food highlights were:

1) Teresina, Bologna- tiny restaurant crammed down a side street which served incredible ragu along with great tortellini in brodo (tiny tortellini served in a chicken stock broth- a speciality of Bologna).

Tortellini in brodo.

2) Osteria Francescana, Modena- this was always going to be the highlight of the trip- voted fourth best restaurant in the world in the San Pellegrino Best Restaurants in the World Awards 2011- and it didn't dissapoint- simply breathtakingly good.

Pork cooked six ways with rosemary foam and a caper and anchovy sauce.

3) Enzos, Modena- recommended by a local after our chosen restaurant was closed for the day- simple, tasty, local Modenese food.

4) Osteria dell'Orsa, Bologna- rough round the edges student eatery serving hearty Bolognese food to cure even the worst hangover (as was evidenced by the two students sitting silently next to us).

5) Locanda del Castello- sourced from the Taste for Bologna blog, all dishes (bar one but more on that later) were outstanding at this restaurant/hotel in the gatehouse of the Palazzo Rossi in the countryside outside Bologna.

Despite positive recommendations from bloggers and friends alike the one restaurant of the trip I would advise others to avoid would be Drogheria della Rossa in Bologna- overpriced and simply not up to scratch given the wealth of other choices available in Bologna!

Blogs to follow with full details on the above...

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