Check out VBT trip leader Andrea’s recipe for green lasagna below, and join him on our Italy: The Dolomites, Bolzano to Lake Garda and Italy: Valleys of the Dolomites tours to sample other local favorites!
Lasagna may be the first food that comes to mind when you think of Italy, but the dish is actually most strongly associated with the city of Bologna, which is the capital of Emilia-Romagna, one of the most renowned foodie areas in the country.
My father is a native of the plains area of Emilia, and my mother is originally from a little village located in the hills of Romagna. We all feel proudly 100% Bolognese, and for us lasagna is not only a delightful food, but a part of our cultural background and the history of our city. My mom has been nominated on multiple occasions by parents, friends, and guests as “The Lasagna Queen.”
Lasagna is the tradition meal of New Year’s Day in Bologna, although we also enjoy it year round. While there are no set rules for pairing a specific wine with the dish, it generally goes best with red. You might opt for a bubbly Lambrusco or a full-bodied Sangiovese, the red grape which is the foundation of Chianti and grows in abundance on the Romagna hills.