Take a Virtual, Culinary Trip to Bologna, Italy

November 12, 2021
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Enjoy an Evening Abroad without Leaving Your Home  

From the vibrant city of Bologna, Italy comes the rich tomato sauce, Bolognese. You can enjoy this sauce over perfectly cooked spaghetti at home with Arlene Bolognese with Spaghetti, and it’s plant-based. Make this meal an evening abroad with a few decorations and a little creativity. Here’s how you can elevate your evening:

Get yourself a view

One thing Bologna is known for is its incredible views. From the leaning towers Asinelli and Garisenda to the Baroque palaces, the city is a feast for the eyes. Its beauty made it a destination in the Grand Tour, a journey Romantic artists and writers took to perfect their craft. With a little creativity, you can bring these views to your home. Look for prints and posters of Renaissance and Baroque paintings. While you eat, put on this video of a Bologna Walking Tour to experience the city from the streets.

Light some candles and warm up the room

Bologna’s nickname is “La Rossa,” or “The Red.” The city’s terra cotta buildings and porticoes give it this name. Pull out any red, orange or warm yellow decorations to bring The Red into your home. Use yellow-toned light bulbs, candles or electric candles to light the room. As accents, pull out napkins or other small pieces that are a deep brown. This will accentuate the reds while mimicking the beautiful shadows cast by Bologna’s stunning architecture. 

The magic is in the meal

Bologna is known for its food. The core of Bolognese cuisine is bread, olive oil, fresh vegetables and meat. Start your dinner with focaccia or ciabatta bread. Add a blend of olive oil and balsamic vinegar to complete your starter. You can now enjoy a completely meatless Bolognese sauce that is just as hearty with our plant-based protein. Throw in some of your favorite veggies to add nutrition and flavor to round out the meal. 

Bon Voyage

Enjoy your evening in Bologna with these easy steps. Pair your Bolognese with Spaghetti with a glass of Barolo or Barbaresco wine to compliment the dish. Take a photo of your set up and tag us on Instagram so we can see your at-home Bologna!