Tortellini, Gratifico

The tradition of the true Bologna tortellino, also called the “navel of Venus”, celebrated for its taste and its legends, such as Tassoni's "Secchia Rapita" (stolen bucket).

An inn-keeper, captivated by the beauty of the newly awoken Venus, wanted to reproduce her navel, filling and folding a piece of pasta dough, producing the first tortellino. Italy's Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies has recognised Bolognesi tortellini as Prodotti Agroalimentari Tradizionali, or PAT (traditional Italian food products).