The only mortadella is that of Bologna!

It seems its name has very ancient origins, probably rooted in the Latin word mortarium, indicating the mortar used to ground pork meat \

Mortadella can be sliced by machine or cut into cubes and eaten as an Italian antipastoMortadella ham has a long and established tradition in Italian culinary history

Originally, its production area went from Lazio to modern Romagna, where acorn-rich woods provided a perfect living environment for free roaming, wild pigs. 

Mortadella is synonymous with BolognaMortadella is synonymous with Bologna

Mortadella is cited in cooking books of the 14th century, but the first recipe for it comes from a 1644 publication: today, it’s still made the same way, by selecting pork meat and fat, transforming them in a sort of velvety cream of an unmistakable pink hue, adding pepper, cinnamon, coriander, nutmeg, cloves, salt and, finally, broiling it slowly. Its incredible aroma becomes even more irresistible when pistachios or truffles are added to the mix.  

Mortadella can be sliced by machine or cut into cubes and eaten as an Italian antipastoMortadella ham has a long and established tradition in Italian culinary history

Mortadella is usually served in thin slices or cubes and it is an essential ingredient in many a traditional dish, such as tortellini.  

Mortadella can be sliced by machine or cut into cubes and eaten as an Italian antipastoMortadella can be sliced by machine or cut into cubes and eaten as an Italian antipasto

It became an IGP product in 1998, which means its production must follow strict disciplinary regulations in order to avoid counterfeiting 

The city of Bologna has been dedicating a special event to its most traditional cold cut, MortadellaBò, where last year, among tastings and amuse bouches, 6000 kg of mortadella were consumed, along with tons of local bread and, of course, rivers of Lambrusco!

 

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