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Food in Bologna and Emilia-Romagna

By Viator, September 2016

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Italians are fiercely proud of their culinary prowess and with good reason. It’s widely known among natives and visitors alike that some of the country’s best food comes from the Emilia-Romagna region, an area that lays claim to several things we take for granted as Italian staples. And of course, there’s much more that doesn’t quite make the export list to discover.

There are many famous ingredients that hail from the region – ingredients that are so well-known that it's hard to get a handle on how much they speak to the local flavors of a particular Italian region. One of the most famous cheeses in Italy, parmigiano-reggiano, is made in and around the city of Parma (hence the name), along with the buttery cured pork of prosciutto which has its own annual festival in the region.

The tiny town of Modena in Emilia-Romagna, just outside Bologna, produces true balsamic vinegar, and the area around Piacenza creates grana padano, a cheese similar to parmigiano-reggiano. Along with tortellini, lambrusco wine, piadina flatbread and mortadella (the origin of the processed stuff we’ve come to know as bologna), all of these ingredients serve as the basis for Emilia-Romagna cuisine and provide a rich menu of items to choose from.

The region's nickname isn't “The Fat” for nothing, after all. From dishes such as tortellini in brodo and tagliatelle al Bolognese to the signature lasagna, Italy is lucky to consider Emilia-Romagna a piece of its pie. If you’re in the area, be on the lookout for the dish of piadina and its corresponding “Piadinerie”kiosks around busy cities, which sell only folded, grilled piadina sandwiches. For dessert, try zuppa inglese, which quite literally translates to “English soup” and is basically the Italian version of an English trifle – cake, custard, and liqueur. 

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Small-Group Italian Food and Wine Tour with Gourmet Lunch from Bologna, Bologna, null
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Small-Group Italian Food and Wine Tour with Gourmet Lunch from Bologna

If you have a passion for food and wine and a craving to learn, you’ve come to the right place. Come and experience the finest Italian products all in 1 day! ...  Read more

Location: Bologna, Italy
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $149.77
Private Emilia Romagna Food Tour from Parma or Bologna, Bologna, Food Tours
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Private Emilia Romagna Food Tour from Parma or Bologna

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 12 Reviews

From tempting pasta to rich, nutty Parmesan, taste the Emilia Romagna region’s finest gourmet products on a private half- or full-day food tour from Parma or ...  Read more

Location: Bologna, Italy
Duration: 5 or 7 hours

From USD $86.20
Bologna Food Walking Tour, Bologna, Food Tours
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Bologna Food Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

Get a taste of Bologna’s enviable food scene on this 2-hour walking tour around the old medieval market streets. In the company of a food-obsessed guide, ...  Read more

Location: Bologna, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $26.94
Modena Food and Wine Tour Including Parmigiano Reggiano and Balsamic Vinegar Tastings, Modena, Food ... 
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Modena Food and Wine Tour Including Parmigiano Reggiano and Balsamic Vinegar Tastings

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

Discover how Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and traditional balsamic vinegar are produced during this 4-hour tour.

Location: Modena, Italy
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $172.40
Private Tour: Wine Tasting in Bologna, Bologna, Food Tours
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Private Tour: Wine Tasting in Bologna

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 4 Reviews

Take your taste buds on a trip to remember through Bologna on this private gastronomy tour. You'll enjoy personalized attention from your English-speaking ...  Read more

Location: Bologna, Italy
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $224.93
Private Tour: Gourmet Walking Tour of Bologna - Pasta, Mortadella and Chocolate, Bologna, Private ... 
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Private Tour: Gourmet Walking Tour of Bologna - Pasta, Mortadella and Chocolate

4.5 star rating: Recommended 40 Reviews

Take a private guided walking tour through the medieval market of Bologna and explore the history, art and traditions of the city and its famous food. With ...  Read more

Location: Bologna, Italy
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $114.48
Parmigiano Cheese and Vinegar Food Tour with Wine Tasting, Bologna, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Parmigiano Cheese and Vinegar Food Tour with Wine Tasting

When you think about Italy, food is one of the first things that comes up in mind, right? This tour is made for you if you're a food lover and want to taste ...  Read more

Location: Bologna, Italy
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $183.18
Pasta Making Class in Bologna, Bologna, Food Tours
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Pasta Making Class in Bologna

3 star rating: Worth doing 1 Review

A lesson to discover the secret of making fresh and delicious pasta in a very nice and real atmosphere. Enjoy making Tortellini, fresh dough and Tagliatelle ...  Read more

Location: Bologna, Italy
Duration: 2 hours 18 minutes (approx.)

From USD $188.56
Traditional Home Cooking Experience in Bologna, Bologna, Cooking Classes
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Traditional Home Cooking Experience in Bologna

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Discover the old food market and learn the secrets of Bolognese cuisine at a local's home. Watch and learn all about how tortellini are prepared from a local ...  Read more

Location: Bologna, Italy
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $74.35
Full-Day Wine Tour from Bologna, Bologna, Cooking Classes
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Full-Day Wine Tour from Bologna

Leave the city crowds behind during this day tour. Visit two wineries in the wine country, surrounding the city of Bologna. This small group  tour provides an ...  Read more

Location: Bologna, Italy
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $199.34

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