A Month in Bologna

Sunday, June 12, 2011 9:26 AM

La Vecchia Scuola Bolognese

Friday, we took a class in making pasta the Bolognese way at the La Vecchia Scuola Bolognese. A lot of pasta is machine made in Italy, including most spaghetti, penna and rigatoni, to mention a few kinds. The Bolognese are big believers in hand made pasta, which you’ll get in almost every restaurant. I said in the last blog that you won’t find spaghetti on any menu in Bologna, but I stand corrected. Last night, in the local pizzeria I mentioned in the first installment, there were a lot of pasta dishes on the menu other than the traditional types.

We were in a pizza mood so we shared one and concluded that we were real wusses. The pizzas are about a foot in diameter, which was plenty for us, but then we watched as Italian after Italian devoured a whole one by themselves. One very thin, cadaverous older gentleman finished a Margarita pizza (cheese and tomato sauce only) and then ordered a second which he shared with his wife, who had just eaten a huge salad. A table of four ladies, all of whom were in their 70’s, each ordered an individual pizza and polished them all off and those weren’t Margaritas either. But, I digress.

I figure the best way to describe what we did at the school is to show it to you. If you are viewing this on a phone, I suggest you rotate it 90 degrees into landscape mode.

One word of warning. I ain't Steven Spielberg.


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