Imagine Bologna in the late 1500s, with its jostling skyline of towers, elegant porticos and splendid renaissance buildings. Here, in Giancarlo’s apartment, it feels like you’re taking a step into the past. Our Cesarino lives right in the town centre, in a stunning 1500s building with original floors and ceilings that date back hundreds of years, filled with vintage furniture.
Here, in this unique setting, Giancarlo is here to guide you through the traditions of ancient Bolognese cuisine. As a passionate traveller and wine expert, he has been nurturing a passion for his local cuisine for a long time, which “turns humble food into a true art form”.
In Emilia, balsamic vinegar goes with just about anything; meat dishes, fish, on Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, and even in desserts! Would it be possible to leave balsamic vinegar's rich, complex sweetness out of a bolognese starter? Absolutely not! Giancarlo serves up a mouthwatering starter of eggplants in balsamic vinegar for you to enjoy.
Next we have an absolute classic of Bolognese cuisine, which is unmissable for any food lover passing through the city: tagliatelle al ragù. This dish is as much a symbol of Bologna as the Due Torri or its wide porticoed streets. And if the perfect marriage of fresh egg pasta and Bologna's trademark sauce weren't enough to tempt you, just wait until the second course... Giancarlo serves up a 'cotoletta alla bolognese, a veal cutlet topped with prosciutto and an abundant layer of parmigiano reggiano cheese. This is a feast for the eyes and the stomach, and is accompanied by gratinated tomatoes and sautéed vegetables.
To round off the Taste Experience, we have another delight; Giancarlo presents us with a fresh and delicate ricotta and zabaione cream cake. What a treat!