Top 4 Food Shops in Bologna
Fashion and Food are not so different. And while Milan, Paris, London and New York are the trend-setters for fashion, Bologna is the Alpha and Omega when it comes to Italian cuisine. The restaurant is the venue, the table is the catwalk and the food are the models and the chef is the designer. In a Bolognese restaurant, similarly to a fashion show, you simply sit around the catwalk enjoying the beauty in front of us, however perhaps the greatest difference is that in Bologna we can reach out and touch, smell and eat the models! Here Adriana Lima is transformed into Parmigiano Reggiano, Kate Moss into delicious Mortadella, Tyra Banks into Tagliatelle alla Bolognese and Alessandra Ambrosio into delicate thinly-sliced Parma Ham.
Salumeria Simoni: Opened its first shop in 1963 courtesy of an inspiring grandmother that gifted them with the passion and love of great Bolognese products. In 1968 the two brothers open another shop with a laboratory next door and keep the grandmother on board as sfoglina (pasta maker) to complete the shop counter. In 1982 the shop opens in its current location in Via Drapperie right in the heart of the Bolognese market. To this day the family has won countless awards that rewarded their attention to detail and quality produce. Indeed that was always the main worry of the family: to have only the very best of produce for sale in their shops and to expose it in such a way that it would also be a visual treat. Their shop is marvelous with rows and rows of Parma Ham hanging from the roof, with wheels of cheese that could be mounted on a lorry, and the butchers dressed in impeccable white lab coats. I can guarantee that wether you are looking for their shop or not you will stop and marvel at the beauty, and your mouth will begin to water. Visit their website here and make sure to check out their fantastic gatronimic tours of the city section!
Enoteca Italiana: The place to go for Italian wines and more importantly Emilia Romagna. Here they have a selection of wines that would make many wine connoisseurs and enthusiast blush. Indeed the professionalism of the founder Marco Nannetti has been gained through many years of hard work. Enoteca Italiana opened to the public in 1972 and has won countless awards worldwide such as the best Enoteca (wine shop) in Italy in 2002 and Marco won Best Sommelier in Paris in 2005. Inside they slice fresh Emilian delicacies such as Mortadella and Parma Ham and suggest which wine to drink with what. Here it is not just about drinking a local wine and saying what you think of it, they try to guide you and are very keen to talk to costumers. Read more on Enoteca Italiana here!
Majani: There are many world renowned delicacies that hail from Bologna, however few people associate chocolate with the city. However they are not aware of the history of Majani. They have been producing chocolate since 1796, and just to give you an idea of how long ago that was: the car had yet to be invented, volt a had yet to invent the battery, the first picture was yet to be taken and Italy wasn't even Italy! In that period chocolate existed only in liquid form and was only available to the aristocrats, the very rich and the incredibly wealthy clergy. Majani was so popular that by 1830 they bought 5,000 square metres of property in Via de' Carbonesi which soon came to be known as Palazzo Majani. Majani was such a force that in 1856, when Italy was still divided into many different states far from becoming a unified country, Giuseppe Majani travelled to Turin with a very rarely issued Papal passport that allowed him to enter the Duchy of Savoy to buy the latest, steam powered machinery for making chocolate.