Saturday, June 25, 2011

Montegrappa da Nello - (Bologna, Italy)


  Emilia–Romagna in Northern Italy is on the whole most famous for their cheeses, parma ham and mortadella selections, etc,  which can now be bought from all over the world.  Nevertheless I decided to get a trial of these local produce,  over @ S-Wine Bar.   In the more central food capital city of Bologna and close-by Modena,  Tagliatelle al Ragu is probably their most well known regional dish.   Spaghetti Bolognese is fairly different to this traditional ‘Bolognese’ version -  first of all, spaghetti itself wasn’t even used in Bologna, but was invented way down south in Sicily and Napoli.   So what’s with the irrelevant reference of this pasta dish to Bolognese, when there is nothing very Bolognese about it?  Plus it is actually a Ragu,  not a sauce!     It’s certainly an international misnomer and blame it on the new world invention of the Spag Bol !


Recommended by some Bologna locals -
Diana around the corner from here is also famous for Tagliatelle al Ragu,
but unfortunately closed during my time of visit..


A lot of local dishes -


Down Stairs -
Looking like an underground tavern ..

Tenuta Amalia Sangiovese -  €5,0 for Half Bottle
A local wine,  goes well with the pasta below..!


Some Bread and Crispy Bread Sticks -
Not bad and they’re fun to eat or dip into the Monini Olive Oil

Tagliatelle al Ragu €10,0 -
Said to use both Beef and Pork,  this was not overly minced.  It doesn’t have much ‘tomato’ taste either unlike new world Bolognese sauce,  and is textured like a thick ragu and quite dry.
Home Made Pasta was cooked unbelievably perfect in texture.   Add on some shavings of locally famous Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.    The only complaint I have is that this ragu doesn’t have enough herbs or depth of taste to me.   ~   8/10


Real Bologna style Ragu -
Easy to say..  but not as easy to replicate.
Even in Bologna, apparently there are quite a few styles!



So many visitors -
Food was pretty good rather than out of this world, 
but one of the best versions I’ve tried.




Price:   €18,00 including Bread and Wine
Food:  ♕♕♕♕♕

Opening Hours:
Closed on Mondays.
Closed on Saturdays, Sundays & Mondays in July.
Closed in August.

Address:  Via Monte Grappa, 2, Bologna, Italy 051-236331.
Ph: 051 236331


  1. Great post! The crispy bread sticks are called tarali. They're very good with a glass of white wine! ...and they're in my new upcoming book ;)

  2. Thanks Gregoire for pointing it out to me! In fact I was going to ask someone about it but have been too busy playing with my Weibo : P Looking forward to your new book :D



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