This is a food store, not a restaurant – but it’s definitely worth a visit.
Luckily, we happened to pass by this deli while strolling along the fish market street. The tiny tortellini with paper thin pasta through which you could see the meaty red filling caught my eye alongside the wheels of cheese in the window. We had been looking for a good place to try tortellini and luckily Ilaria from Casa Ilaria Cooking School allowed us to cook up some tortellini with our next class – we just had to buy the tortellini. Unfortunately, the 2 places she recommended were closed given that it was August holiday season in Italy. We checked out Tamburini – a well-known deli tourist destination – which had many varieties of tortellini but the pasta looked thicker and we had been told they were not quite made the traditional bolognese way since the filling had to be pre-cooked in order for tourists to be able to transport it home. Thankfully, La Vecchia Malga came to the rescue.
The tiny tortellini cost about 10 Euros for 250-300g which is not cheap – but it is worth it. The Bolognese cook up the tortellini in broth – then either serve it in broth, which is the traditional way. An simple alternative shown to us, particularly if you don’t have good homemade broth to accompany the tortellini, is to boil the tortellni in broth, heat up a pot of cream and finish off the cooking in the pot of cream – then eat. I can’t remember if we added parmigiano or salt but that is always a possibility. These tortellini were like nothing I have ever had – each bit was bursting with intense flavour. The filling is usually a mix of proscuitto, mortadella, parmesan….. It does not even remotely resemble the thick doughy “tortellini” filled with bland filling so commonly found in North America. Although many of the local restaurants serve it, if you do have a kitchen available, it is better to do as the locals do (making tortellini yourself can be time-consuming) and buy the fresh tortellini at a reputable deli/pasta shop to bring home and enjoy.
La Vecchia Malga
Via Pescherie Vecchie, 3
40124 Bologna (Emilia Romagna), Italy
Tel: +39 051 223940