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Chiara B.

Rastignano, Pianoro (BO) - Emilia-Romagna

Chiara welcomes us into her luminous home in Ristagno, which has a fabulous view over the Bolognese hills. Immersed in the green countryside, this small town on top of the wide valley between the Savena and Zena rivers. It is less than half an hour away from the winding porticoes of Bologna.

Our Cesarina, a working professional, has always been a passionate cook in her spare time. This is a passion that has grown with the years thanks to her dedication and various cookery courses. “I still remember, when I was just a little girl, that I would watch my mother and grandmother making lasagne and tortellini at Christmas time. It was fascinating!” Chiara tells us, “I felt like a magician’s assistant when I helped them in the kitchen.” Even today, together with her partner Antonio, she often dedicates her time to making traditional, old-fashioned dishes – with a modern touch, of course!
Looking out over Bologna

Tigelle and tortellini: the traditions of the Emilian Appennines

To start off her Taste Experience in Bolognese hills, Chiara serves a tris of tigelline, which are small bread discs made with unrefined flour, which can be filled however you like with cold cuts and ‘ciccioli’ from Casareccio, which are similar to pork scratchings.

For the first course, we have a hearty bowl of ‘tortellini in brodo’, which is a classic of Bolognese cuisine, expertly handmade by Chiara. We follow with delicious pork roulades filled with scamorza cheese and pancetta. The tender meat works perfectly with the distintive flavour of the scamorza. On the side, we have a dish of carrots glazed in balsamic vinegar, as well as soft homemade bread cooked in a ceramic stove.

We finish off with an irresistable apple tart dusted with icing sugar, prepared according to Chiara’s grandmother’s recipe.
  • Tris of tigelline breads with cold cuts and 'ciccioli caserecci' salami 
  • Tortellini in brodo
  • Rolled pork loin 
  • 'Carote sfiziose' - gourmet carrots
  • Apple tart