My husband, teenage son and I signed up for the Bologna Cooking School on our recent trip to Italy and had a fabulous time! We met Carlo at his apartment and walked to the market to shop for ingredients. It was fun and educational even though there was not as much activity at this time of year due to Italians literally leaving for vacation. We were able to sample various items and had our questions answered. Then we headed back to Carlo's apartment where his assistant Lucianna taught us how to make pasta dough which we later used to make our tagliatelli and also our tortellini and tortelloni. We learned how to make the stuffings for the tortellini and tortelloni and had an entertaining time mastering the art of stuffing the pasta. We also learned how to make a traditional Bologna ragu for our tagliatelli. After all of our hard (and fun!) work we ate one of the best meals of our stay in Italy - and we created it!! It was a veritable feast! Carlo brought out his traditional aged balsamic (not the cheap stuff) to drizzle on our appetizer (melon with mortadella, fig with prosciutto, olives and 30 month parmegiano with balsamic) and it was accompanied by Prosecco and followed by a Caprese salad. The next course, which was my son's favorite, was the tortellini in brodo (broth). Next came the tortelloni in a butter and sage sauce and then the ragu Bolognese with the tagliatelli accompanied by a Sangiovese wine. And then dessert ... I can hardly believe I ate all of this ... peaches with Prosecco followed by tiramisu and some of Carlo's homemade Limoncello! Typing all of this makes me want to go back and do it all again!! It was not cheap, but it was so worth it! It was a lot of fun in a relaxed setting and so delicious - I really can't recommend it highly enough.
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