Thursday, October 14, 2010

Urban Eats - Pasta by the Pound, Bologna Italy

Just wanted to share with my fellow food-lovers some of the gorgeous stuffed pastas we found in Bologna, Italy.  We have a soft-spot for homemade ravioli, tortellini and agnolotti that you can purchase by weight.  Part of me wishes I could have brought all these back home with me.  Bologna is full of little food markets spread out on various streets throughout the city.  We found this one near Piazza Maggiore where fresh produce, cured meats, artisan cheeses were aplenty. 

The market district we found was a great place to pick up edible souvenirs for friends and family.  We bought a mini-trio of balsamic vinegars from Modena, dark espresso beans, organic olive oils, vacuum-packed sun dried tomatoes and mushrooms for gifting.
Bologna is not a city overrun with tourists like Roma or Firenze.  So we found lots of great food that was authentic and affordable.  It was much easier to fall prey to a tourist trap restaurant in some of the bigger cities, but Bologna was absolutely charming and very serious about their food.  It was a little bit off the beaten track, but worth the drive to get the feel for a smaller Italian city.

Read more from The Hip & Urban Girl's Guide to Italy

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