Italy's Emilia-Romagna is home to tortellini, Grana Padano, prosciutto and and balsamico di Modena; I recreated the gastronomic experience at home in Cambridge with some local food, provided by Italia Regina.
- Strolghino di Culatello; dense pork salami, best served thinly sliced with bread and oil for dipping
- Delverde Penne Zita Rigate with Barilla Ragu alla Bolognese; classic penne, served al dente with bolognese sauce
- Parmigiano Reggiano; strong, salty aged cheese, best grated over a bowl of pasta
For a quick midweek supper, or a weekend lunch, serve the salami as a starter and the pasta and sauce, with grated Parmigiano as a main.
To make it into more of an occasion, match with some local wines:
Poderi dal Nespoli - Laithwaites
Il Nespoli (£14.99) Fresh ripe dark fruit with sweet oaky vanilla spice and leathery truffleyness; supple, firm texture.
Lambrusco - Marks & Spencer
Lambrusco Secco Reggiano NV (£9.00) sappy and vibrant with black cherry and blueberry fruit; fresh, dry finish.
A fruited palate-cleanser.
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