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From Bologna to Bolognese in Bologna, Italy | One for the Road

From Bologna to Bolognese in Bologna, Italy | One for the Road

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In Bologna, Italy Frankie checks out the highs and lows of the city, from getting lost on a vintage Vespa to seeing the sights from the top of a centuries-old tower.

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- My name's Frankie Celenza. I'm an Italian cook, a storyteller, and a musician. My love for Italy goes deep and I've always dreamed of flying solo to this beautiful country. This is probably one of the most beautiful things I've ever driven in my life. I can't wait to live the bella vita. I've just arrived in Bologna and I'm super excited because I've never been here before. How can any self respecting Italiophile not visit the land of tall towers, mortadella, ducati, and Lamborghini? It's a must. I convinced them to let me get a Vespa from like, 1961. Beautiful Bologna, I couldn't be more Italian right now if I wanted to. This is the life, or as the Italians say, cuesta la vita. I'm in love. What could be more romantic than riding an old Vespa through the streets of Italy. Nothing. The brisk wind against my skin, the gorgeous architecture, the wait, where the hell am I? I'm a little bit lost, I'm not gonna lie. Alright it's time to look at the map. I'm completely in the wrong direction. She said I'm not allowed to ride in here because of the pollution. So we're gonna have to dump this thing even though it's beautiful, it's like a skateboard, it's a really old skateboard. So it turns out that Bologna is the city of bicycles, you're not allowed to ride the old scooters in the center because of pollution concerns so it's basically a city for walking and for bicycles. Which is super romantic. When I think of Italy I think of romance. Check this out. So cool. Although the bumpiest road I've ever ridden a bicycle on, also the most beautiful, this is gorgeous. You know the bike is good but sometimes, by foot is even better. There's so much more to explore here but one must never forget to stop and eat. I'm gonna lead us to place for mortadella. Let's check it out. Hey Buongiorno. Mortadella. It turns out that they call the mortadella bologna also. So it's not just an American thing. Grazi, grazi. They kind of forced me to order all this other stuff also. Prosciutto di parma, mozzeralla di bufala, culatello di parma, parmigiano reggiano, mortadello, chichali, mortadello being eaten in the traditional way of course. It's a revelation. I love you Bologna. So it turns out that Bologna is the city of towers because there used to be over 100 towers and all the rich families would build the towers to show their wealth. A lot of them have burned or collapsed but there are still a whole bunch of them standing, and they're like eight or nine hundred years old, it's crazy, I'm getting a tour from Matteo Giovenarrti. He's the property owner of the most amazing bed and breakfast I've ever heard of. So what do you say we check out this centuries old tower? Wow. Okay this is my room over here, apparently it's the living room of the tower. Oh man this is crazy. Probably the oldest building I've ever been in. It's from year 1100. So all these towers were built by the very rich people to show their wealth and their power and during the wars, they would go up top and dump hot oil or boiling water, arrows, cannons, all terrible things. Okay okay okay, we have to go up he says. This was a prison. All the prisoners would make little drawings on the wall while they were here, maybe counting the months or the days or the years and some prisoner was writing a poem. Incredible. Really incredible, probably the oldest building I've ever been in. Even in the year 1774, they were drawing dicks on the wall. Another two floors. Here we go. Wow. Beautiful. Is that vertigo? He's asking me if I suffer from vertigo. No, there's no way. Yes I suffer from vertigo. It's been a hell of day here in Bologna, I gotta tell ya, I'm pretty tired, biking, climbing stairs, vespaing, and what better way to end the day in Bologna than with ragu bolognese? That's what we're gonna do right now. Ciao, yo es Francino. I was hoping . I'm in the temple of lasagna and ragu. We only have bolognese right? And tell me what's wrong. Only pork and beef, milk? Absolutely not. Eight hours. Eight hours of cooking. Anna Maria is the quintessential nana and she marches to the beat of her own drums. Her diners in her restaurant are more like family and they come to taste a piece of the past rather than a new culinary trend. Everyday, everyday. Too funny she eats it every day and then she points to her belly. You're gonna twirl it for me. That pasta is magical she says, and you know what she's right, because she took the words right out of my mouth. What you put into the dish is just as important as what you don't put into the dish. Grazi, grazi. Best I've ever had, so so good. This is the real Bologna, you know honest ingredients, certain things kept out, why, because it's so good, it's so good without it, you don't need to cloud it up, you just need a few great ingredients treated well. And that's what Anna Maria just taught me.

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