Take Five: Gourmet Bologna

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Take Five: Gourmet Bologna

Half an hour north of Florence, Italy, Bologna is a small but dense city built with arched colonnades, hidden canals and ancient towers. Home to the world’s oldest university founded in 1088, the Biblioteca Salaborsa and Archiginnasio, a carved wooden anatomical theater, is just one block from the city center, Piazza Maggiore. Though there is a rich history and culture, Bologna is noted for its culinary expertise.

Best known for spaghetti bolognese, the meat-based sauce was first recorded in 1891 by Pellegrino Artusi. An authentic recipe was registered by the Italian Academy of Cuisine at the Bologna Chamber of Commerce in 1982. Cooking schools throughout the city teach aspiring chefs and travelers alike the techniques to master. From pastries to pastas, spend a day in Bologna absorbing kitchen methods, tips, products and traditions.

Top Image: Vanni Lazzari, CC BY-SA 4.0

Molly Harris is a freelance writer based in Athens, Georgia.