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Rick Stein visits Bologna in northern Italy and learns how to make fresh egg pasta used for tortellini, tagliatelle, ravioli and lasagne. He also tries 13-year-old parmesan

Rick Stein's series of long weekends across Europe - taking in markets, restaurants and vineyards, the culture, history and scenery, and including fabulous dishes to cook at home.

This time Rick visits Bologna in northern Italy, a city so famous for its food that it's known as the stomach of Italy. He learns how to make the local fresh egg pasta used for tortellini, tagliatelle, ravioli and lasagne. There's stuffed rabbit filled with parma ham and parmesan frittata for dinner. At the market, Rick finds a fish stall and cafe, where he enjoys squid stuffed with mashed potato and capers.

Bologna is a medieval city with a university even older than Oxford, and Rick explores the local cloisters and the Whispering Walls. He even climbs Bologna's famous Asinelli Tower, despite vertigo. He also drives up into the hills to a cheese dairy, where he tastes 13-year-old parmesan. Nearby, there's lunch at a pig farm with restaurant attached. Out in the back, they're making brawn, but for the crew lunch they serve huge pork steaks, grilled over charcoal, with a big glass of local San Giovese wine. Delicious.

59 minutes

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Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:54

    Jonathan & Charlotte, Queen

    Who Wants To Live Forever

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Rick Stein
Producer David Pritchard
Director David Pritchard
Production Company Denham Productions

Broadcasts

  • Fri 20 May 2016 21:00
  • Sun 22 May 2016 19:00
  • Sat 9 Jul 2016 03:30
  • Tue 10 Jan 2017 19:00
  • Sat 4 Nov 2017 12:00
  • Sat 25 Nov 2017 13:00
  • Sat 2 Mar 2019 14:00
  • Sat 6 Apr 2019 12:00

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