Finding the Authetic Bolognese
I'm in Milan heading to Bologna. While in Bologna, I'm looking for the most traditional/authentic Pasta Bolognese. Any ideas on where to find it in a restaurant or a bookstores the carried local cookbooks welcome.
Have you seen this plaque? I have never heard of it before, and have just looked around the internet to see if I could find a picture of it, but thus far no luck. I would have thought it would be something tourists would take pictures of and end up posting somewhere on the internet.
There does exist, inside the Palazzo dei Mercanti, a bronze measuring stick that supposedly indicates that exact size that one strand of tagliatella should be (based on the proportions of Bologna's twin towers). You can see a picture here:
Inside the same building, a copy of the allegedly "official" recipe of the classic Bolognese ragu has been put on deposit and is "guarded" by the local merchants society, but no mention of any brass plaques anywhere that have the recipe.
Just curious if you or anyone else has ever seen the brass plaque with a ragu recipe or can find a picture.
If you ever get back to Bologna, I hope you will read some menus in restaurants and see what you keep posting on Chowhound is incorrect.
This is on the menu at Caminetto d'Oro
"Tagliatelle alla Bolognese con il ragù tradizionale"
This is on the menu at Teresina
"Tagliatelle al ragù bolognese"
This is on the menu at Trattoria del Rosso
"Tagliatelle al Ragù Bolognese"
I could go on and on with similar examples.
Yes, sometimes a menu will say "simply" ragu and nothing but ragu. But just as often it will not. It will say something more complicated, or even say the word "Bolognese" -- right there in Bologna!
In memory of Marcella Hazan, I would like to post here one of my very favorite quotes from her, one that taught me more than her cookbooks. She was speaking of American chefs, but I think it applies more broadly:
"American[s] who go to Italy suffer from a Moses complex, they are always coming down from the mount with a tablet of rules for the unlearned."