Wednesday morning, we gathered after breakfast for a tour of the market area of Bologna. This is a favorite area of mine! The produce is beautiful, the pasta is perfect, and the cheeses and meats are to die for. We strolled through the market, taking photos and learning about prosciutto di Parma, mordatella from Bologna, culatello from Zibello, and the wonderful tortellini from Atti. We saw beautiful breads, the "horse butcher shop", take out dishes from Tamburini, and fabulous condiments at Gilberto. Here are a few photos from our morning market tour:
We took a break for coffee or water at Eataly, then everyone had an hour to browse and shop on their own.
at 1:00, we met for lunch at Tamburini, a Bologna landmark. Besides being a gorgeous deli with local meats, cheeses, pasta, and take out, there is a wine shop, chickens roasting, and a cafeteria style eat-in restaurant! There is something for everyone!
After lunch the group was on their own for shopping, napping, or however they wanted to use their "down time" to relax.
We met again for drinks at 6:30. It is amazing to me how I can drink wine in Italy! At home I average two GLASSES of wine a MONTH. When I am in Italy, I drink wine at least 3 times a day...sometimes also with lunch! There is appertivo time, during dinner, and late at night, if I want to aviod coffee (Or I have both!). LOL There is a wonderful pasticceria/bar two blocks from our hotel where we went for drinks (Pasticceria d'Azeglio). All the bars we visit serve snacks too! It looks like our guests Maureen and Itz, Dianne and Gary, Jan and Les, and Nancy and Barbara are enjoying the Bologna Happy Hour!
By 7:50, we were off to dinner at Franco Rossi in three taxis. A beautiful table awaited us. The service and food were amazing. Some of the starters included prosciutto and melon, zucchini and porcini salad with pecorino, artichoke salad with tomatoes and parmigiano, sformato di carciofi, and zuppa di pomodoro.
We also enjoyed tagliatelle alla Bolognese, pasta with lobster sauce, green tagliatelle with peas and prosciutto, lamb shank, veal boccocini, baked lobster, and baked branzino.
Even the coffee was beautifully presented with a little blue lace doily. The group opted out of dessert with promises of gelato on the way home. The ladies were given roses as we left.
After gelato, the group walked or taxied home, and Brad and I stopped in Piazza Maggiore for a nightcap. It was another great day in Bologna!