Review of Amerigo. Savigno (Near) Bologna: Where The Good Meals Are.

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Amerigo shop front a sign of the good old days with a modern touch.

Amerigo is not exactly in central Bologna, it  will take at least a good 40 minutes by car from the city center to reach Savigno where Amerigo is. This Michelin starred traditional osteria has been pleasing the Bolognese since 1934 when the original owner opened to the public, and then handed down to family members since then. The atmosphere is representing the time gone by but the food is very modern and also reasonably priced considering the quality of the ingredients and the attention to the preparation. Most diners will go there to try the truffle dishes (this is what Amerigo is famous for) but the traditional menu with tortellini is also worth to explore.

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Some of the dishes from Amerigo, including tortellini, truffled polenta, and traditional balsamic vinegar fiordilatte icecream.

The dishes that we tried from top left corner:

Polentina con tartufo bianco: a runny polenta topped with the seasonal and local white truffles. If you go all the way to Savigno you should include some truffle dishes to your  lunch or dinner. Emilia Delizia also offer truffle hunts in Savigno.

Calzagatti con Lardo: Calzagatti (the cat’s socks) it is a traditional dish from the Modena and Bologna mountains. It is basically polenta with beans that can be eaten grilled or fried. In this case each individual piece was wrapped in lardo di colonnata.

Gnocchi al Tartufo Nero: An Italian classic, potato gnocchi with seasonal Savigno black truffle.

Tortellini in Brodo: Another classic of the Bologna and Modena culinary tradition. In this case the tortellini were truly tiny, and served in a meat stock (brodo di carne).

Risotto con gli Ovuli: it is mushroom season in October so here another classic Italian risotto with Caesar mushrooms (amanita caesarea).

Leprotto:  It is a younger hare. In this case it  was served  on a bed of pickled crunchy vegetables. Game is also a classic dish when you visit the Italian mountains.

Guancia di Vitella: The Veal’s cheek is often discarded and considered of low value, but in fact it is a very tasty part of the animal that too often goes neglected. At Amerigo it was served stewed with its own gravy and fried onions.

Gelato Fior di Latte: Made with fulll fat milk and cream and then topped with traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena. It is simple but the best  way to end a nice meal.

Visit and Tour the Ferruccio Lamborghini Museum in Bologna

The Ferruccio Lamborghini Museum is one of the most popular museums for cars in the world. Here’s some information about it.

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General Overview
The center was designed by Feruruccio’s son, who was named Tonino Lamborghini, in honor of his father who started the car company. Originally, the site was located across from the Lamborghini Calor factory. The facility was built in something of an Avant guarde structure which was quite tall. The building was also originally a conference center.

Visitors to the site can see many of the cars designed by the Lamborghini came. This includes the Miura, for example. This also include some of the first cars that Ferruccio designed going all the way back to 1948.

There’s also a lot in terms of photographs in this museum as well. There are thousands of pictures actually, so you can see how the cars chanted throughout the ages. The museum is also full of newspaper reports and other documents that help visitors understand how the company first started developing.
The museum also gives plenty of biographic information about Ferruccio, who was born in in Renazzo di Cento. There are even a lot of unique things available at the site such as a helicopter that Lamborginini was thinking about making. They actually hang this prototype from the ceiling so you can get a good look at it.

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Relocation and New museum.

The site has moved recently to Via Galliera N. 317 40050 Funo Di Argelato Bologna. It’s important to note this relocation if you plan on going, since many older references and articles online may tip you in the wrong direction.

The new location has even more to look at relating to Lamborghini such as a number of tractors made by the company throughout the years. There are even some Lamborghini boats that you can look at up close too if that’s something that you would want to do.
The museum is full of prototypes that show you the different directions that the company has thought about going in the past, and the different ways the company has approached design. The new museum is in the heart of Motor Valley and its full of multimedia that people can peruse in relation to the company.

The size of the new building makes it much easier to show everything all together, and it also makes it easier for people to see the different larger vehicles like the boat and helicopter more up close.

Overall, visiting the museum is going to be an intensely positive experience for anyone who loves Lamborghini cars and history in general since the history of Lamborghini has a lot in common with the history of Italy and really, the history of cars, industry and the world in general.

It helps to set aside plenty of time to look around this cavernous museum because there is so much to see here and it will appeal to people interested in just about every type of practical vehicle that you can think of in general.

It’s been noted that the museum is a great way for an entire family to experience a vacation since they can visit the museum together and then have a lot to talk about as a family later on.

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Visit the Motor Valley in Emilia Romagna Italy

According to a CNN article, there are interesting things happening in Italy’s Motor Valley involving a super car.

The phrase “Motor Valley” refers to an area that runs through towns like Modena, Maranello and Bologna. Recently, a CNN correspondent drove with an instructor on a red Ferrari F430 through this area.

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The area is actually a highway with four lanes. It starts near the headquarters for Ferrari in Maranello. During the correspondents drive, they passed police cars several times and had to slow down. The Motor Valley highway actually runs right by several supercar museums and factories.
These include names like Lamborghini, Maserati, Pagani and even Ducati which is for motorcycles and is the same sort of thing. Anyone who loves some of the most high performing cars in the world is likely going to like driving through Motor Valley since you get to see so many of these attractions for super car manufacturers.

Ferrari Test drives in Emilia Romagna.

It’s also possible to spend a little over a hundred dollars to get 20 minutes in a high performing car like the F430. And, of course, you can also drive in one of the other cars as well. The prices vary based on which car and how long you want. It goes up to as high as around two thousand dollars or so if you want to drive around for two hours in an F12.

But the truth is, many people do in fact take this opportunity to experience what driving one of these cars is like, even despite the high cost and the small time you get, and this little highway is precisely where they tend to do it.

One of the main places that people visit is the Casa Museo Enzo Ferrari which has a lot of red cars in the brand going from the 50s all the way up through the 70s. The museum shows off a lot of unique models, including some that are available right up into the present day like the FF model.

The museum will also have a 100 year Maserati exhibit as well through January of next year showing off a lot of classic vehicles over the years such at the Zagato from 1932. They actually have the house where the founder, Enzo Ferrari, was born as well, which is right next door the museum.

Apparently it’s not only cars that are at the museum though, there’s also Parmigiano Reggiano cheese available here as well.

Lamborghini

The Museum Lamborghini is also available along this route as well. This area is between Bologna and Modena. There’s also a Lamborghini museum in Funo which is north of Bologna as well. The factory museum for Lamborghini also shows impressive cars such as the 350 GT, including the first production of it. There are also cars that have anti-radar material on them just like Apache helicopters and jet fighters.

The Ferruccio museum has replica cars for 1963 GTV prototypes. As well as a number of boats for racing from Lamborghini as well.

Pagani and Other Museums

Another interesting place to visit along this route is the Pagani factory, though you have to arrange to make this possible ahead of time. In addition, you can check Brescia which has the Migla Museum And you can also visit Turin. But before leaving Modena check out the Panini museum.

The Turin museum has 160 different models from 80 different car companies. These cars are arranged based on things like what they achieved in sports, what sorts of technology they have, what their covers are like, and so on.

The museum actually has cars that go as far back 1892, including the Peugeot Type 3 which predates many famous cars in the United States like the Model T. Additionally, the museum has a lot of unique offerings like a 1952 Alfa Romeo car called the “Flying Saucer,” or “Disco Volante” in English.
Overall, there are a lot of amazing cars to see.

Foods that you must eat in Bologna

5 foods you should eat when visiting Bologna. This province has one of the greatest culinary tradition in Italy because its area encompasses the Appennini mountains and the Pianura Padana. The array of basic ingredients is enormous giving birth to sophisticated and traditional cuisine.

Crescentine or Tigelle.

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a typical dish of Bologna and Modena: crescentine or also called tigelle

Crescentine are simple small breads traditional baked sandwiched in disks of clay and cooked by the kitchen fireplace. The ingredients for the dough are simply flour, water salt, yeast (sometimes a splash of cream). The greatness of this bread is that it becomes crispy outside and it is hot and moist inside therefore thy are just great when cut in half and stuffed with the local salumi. Crescentine are the food of the Appennini mountains and widely eaten across the provinces of Bologna and Modena. For a nice addition you should try them with Pesto alla Modenese. This nothing else than pork lard mixed with a pinch of salt, garlic, rosemary and parmesan cheese.

Mortadella

Mortadella vendor in Bologna

It is long the tradition of pork raising in the Emilia Romagna area. The meat is mostly consumed in form of sausages, salami and hams, and rarely eaten fresh. Bologna most iconic sausage is Mortadella. Lately this cooked sausage is living a revival and producers are trying to move away from the unhealthy image of a fatty sausage. According to the traditional recipe it must be made from the lean and noble parts of the animal which are ground to a fine paste, fat cubes and spices are added, then stuffed into a casing suitable for the size, and finally slowly cooked for 2/3 days at low temperature. Mortadella can be thinly sliced or cubed.

Parmigiano Reggiano.

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Parmesan cheese – Parmigiano Reggiano

Parmesan cheese is the king of cheeses. Made from high quality unpasteurised milk and aged from a minimum of 12 months. However rarely it is eaten at this age. Bolognese people like their cheese when it is at least 24 months old. At this age it has fully developed its potential flavours and it is suitable to enhance the stuffing of tortellini . Bologna produces Parmigiano Reggiano only on the west bank of the Reno River. At the moment of writing there are about 10 producers of the cheese in the Bologna area, you will find more proudcers in Mantua, Modena, Reggio Emilia and Parma.
Shavings of Parmigiano Reggiano can be also enjoyed with a few drops of traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena.

Tortellini.

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window shopping in Bologna: hand made tortellini

Tortelllini are the quintessential Bologna’s winter food. In town there is no Christmas without a plate of tortellini cooked in capon broth. As the legend goes they have been shaped according to the navel of Lucretia Borgia. As she checked in to a INN, the host impressed by her beauty was trying to spy her from the keyhole, but he could only see her pretty belly button.
Traditionally tortellini are made from sheets of egg pasta. Then stuffed with minced pork, parmesan cheese, mortadella, prosciutto, and the recipe changes depending on the family who makes it. Today you can buy tortellini almost everywhere but the best ones are those made by hand. They are pricey but well worth every cents.

Zuppa Inglese.

To conclude our short guide to the Bologna food tour we wanted to include a dessert. After all sweets always close all good meals. Zuppa Inglese is another iconic dish of Bologna but quite common all over Emilia. This pudding is inspired from English trifles in fact the the name translate roughly to “The English Soup” . it is made from 2 custards: egg and a chocolate custard which are then layered on top of savoiardi biscuits (Italian Ladyfinger). These biscuits are spongy and especially made to soak up the liquors that are added.