Mayor of the northern Italian city of Bologna, Virginio Merola told Italian broadcaster, RAI: ‘Spaghetti Bolognese doesn’t actually exist, yet it’s famous the world over. ‘What we’d prefer the world to know is that Bologna invented tagliatelle, tortellini and lasagne.’
‘It is strange to be famous all over the world for a dish that isn’t ours. ‘Of course, we are happy that it draws attention to our city, but we would prefer to be known for the quality food that is part of our culinary tradition.’
How Spaghetti Bolognese could have come about is due to a local dish simply known as ‘Ragu’ that contains more meat than tomato sauce and is made using white wine, beef, pancetta onions and carrots served with tagliatelle.