Legend has it that tortellini, the culinary symbol of Bologna, were created to resemble Venus’ belly button after an innkeeper caught a glimpse of the goddess’ beauty. Sisters Daniela and Monica Venturi of Le Sfogline (whose shop is at Via Belvedere, 7/B) give tortellini-making lessons from Monday through Wednesday in June and July (at another location). In the three-hour lessons (80€), they teach guests how to knead, stretch and cut the dough, as well as how to pair pasta with sauces. The lesson concludes with making ricotta tortelloni and strichetti (bow-tie pasta), and students keep the fresh pasta they make. For more information, visit: www.lesfogline.it
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