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Rick Stein’s Long Weekend in Bologna

by /// June 17, 2021
Estimated reading time: 2 minutes



Do you TV shows about food? What about Italian food? How about learning what goes into creating great recipes?
While those are too many questions to answer on this occasion, BBC does with Weekend, a BBC program showcasing traditional cuisine from around the world.

20 cook books, Rick Stein’s autobiography, and over 30 BBC food programmes later Emilia-Romagna has the honor to host this British celebrity chef, restaurateur and television presenter as Rick Stein and his TV film crew filmed throughout Bologna, the capital of Northern Italy’s Emilia-Romagna Region.

Why Choose Bologna?

Bologna is considered amongst many chefs to be the food capital of Italy! The rich culinary tradition of Bologna can throughout Italy and even around the world with hundreds of famous Emilia-Romagna recipes spread throughout the “Italian Boot”.

Rick wandered throughout Bologna’s streets in search of excellent regional food and wine while filming the 5th episode of BBC’s “Long Weekends” TV program.

Viewers will be able to watch Rick learns how to make fresh egg tortellini from scratch , tagliatelle, ravioli and lasagna. Not to mention rabbit stuffed with Parma ham and a parmesan frittata with ingredients found near the university’s Archiginnasio building.

While at the Mercato delle Erbe, Rick visits a fish stall and café to try squid stuffed with mashed potato and capers. He also discovered Emilia-Romagna’s famous mostarda Bolognese, a jam made of quinces and plums served with Crescentina bread originating from the Apennines.

We can seas he attempts to create the perfect pistachio panna cotta with by the end of the Bologna episode.

As the episode wraps up we can better understand the many regional dishes and creative Emilia-Romagna recipes like the signature Bolognese sausage ragù with tagliatelle.
Follow Rick along and attempt to replicate the chef’s recipes, step-by- step to share the taste of the real Emilia-Romagna flavor with friends and family.


Arturo Castellini

I am a curious explorer from Emilia-Romagna and usually spend my time planning my next trip, searching for the most authentic traditions of the Italian hinterland.

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