Bologna ranks in my top three food cities in the world. Troy and I take a long weekend here after we finish harvesting olives. Recuperating from the fields and immersing ourselves in this food utopia is exactly what we need.
Our chef and host at Due Papaveri insisted that we visit Eataly. Eataly is an institution. This ingredient mecca sells everything from fine wine to luxurious olive oil to candied chestnuts to homemade tortellini. 99% Italian goods. You can shop, read, stroll and enjoy a meal prepared from ingredients in the store. The quality is exquisite.
Word on the street is that Eataly is the BEST place in town to find homemade tortellini en brodo (broth) as well as truffle eggs. So we buy a Bolognese white truffle on the first floor, scurry upstairs to a communal dining table, order a Pignoletto wine and begin to shave fresh truffle over the chef’s concoction of perfectly steamed eggs, leeks, cream and potato. Heaven. The tortellini is equally blissful.
Oscar Farinetti is the founder and creator of this unique Italian market. Locations exist throughout Italy, Japan and recently in New York City through collaboration with Mario Batali and B&B Hospitality Group.
Troy and I are fortunate enough to see the inside of an additional Oscar Farinetti masterpiece. Stay tuned to read about our tour of his wine cellar Borgogno.
Up next, the chef at Eataly shares his favorite hidden gems in Bologna.