Tag Archives: Bologna

Ristorante I Carracci – showing off the cuisine of Bologna

I_Carracci_1_WEBRistorante I Carracci
Grand Hotel Majestic ‘già Baglioni’
Via Indipendenza, 8
Bologna
39-051-225-445
http://www.duetorrihotels.com
info.ghmajestic@duetorrihotels.com

It would be difficult to single out the most praise-worthy aspect of dining at I Carracci Restaurant.  The dome of its lovely ceiling is I_Carracci_3_WEBadorned with 15th century grotesque-style frescoes attributed to the school of the renowned Bolognese Carracci brothers, who are responsible for the frescoed ceiling in the hotel’s Camerino d’Europa.   The sage-green brocaded walls with oil paintings and gilded mirrors and the elegant tables are set to please and prepare diners for a leisurely, flavorful journey at the hands of master Chef Giacomo Galeazzi.

I_Carracci_5_WEB aOur departure begins with a sformato di parmigiano topped with tiny wild strawberries and aged balsamic vinegar, accompanied by a gem-like white wine from the very local Umberto Cesari vineyards. A plate of thinly sliced culatello, the most prized part of Parma prosciutto, arranged like a flower, follows and whets our appetites for the Cucina Bolognese that is about to begin in earnest with none other than tagliatelle al ragù and baked green I_Carracci_6_WEB alasagne alla Bolognese, served in a creamy bath of parmesan sauce. The courses, paired with select wines from the region, continue and we do not let guilt slip into any opening between the chef’s specialties.  This is food that impresses our taste buds, but satisfies the soul.  One can taste the passion.

For wine lovers and those who love the enchantment of an old wine cellar, the hotel’s Morandi Wine Cellar dates back to the 15th century, but is dedicated to Bologna’s 20th century artist, Giorgio Morandi.  The cellar can seat up to 24 diners for a more intimate dinner party arranged at long tables set beneath vaulted stone ceilings and surrounded by an impressive collection of Italian and International wines.

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ITALY – the Beauty and the Feast

Italy - The Beauty and the Feast

To my friends and readers who love Italy as I do, I announce with great pleasure the publication of my newest book “ITALY – The Beauty and the Feast” along with a free shipping offer from Blurb.

“Has Italy captured your heart and your imagination? In this travel journal, Ginda Simpson captures the essence of the country, not through the usual highlights of a whirlwind tour of the peninsula, but through leisurely travels to the cities and countryside, often off the beaten path and during the quieter seasons. Festivals that ignite the imagination, banquets of tables laden with Italy’s abundant harvest, shepherds and farmers toiling their land, opera divas that sing in a way that almost breaks one heart – these are the experiences that inspired the title: Italy – the Beauty and the Feast. Ginda invites you to travel along with her. For your own planning purposes, she includes contact information for the various hotels, restaurants, and festivals mentioned in her stories. This is the sequel to her first collection of travel stories to be found in the book entitled: Italian Wanderlust.”

 

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Beneath the Porticoes of Bologna

original watercolor paintingcopyright - Ginda Simpson

                                                                 View from the Grand Majestic Hotel – Bologna
                                                        original watercolor painting – copyright Ginda Simpson

Grand Hotel Majestic “Già Baglioni”

Via Indipendenza, 8
40121 Bologna, Italia
+39 051 225445
www.duetorrihotels.com
info.ghmajestic@duetorrihotels.com

Grand Hotel Majestic has recently celebrated its 100-year anniversary as the oldest and most renowned hotel in Bologna.  Its history as a palace dates back to 1732 when the Bolognese Cardinal Lambertini ordered the construction of a new Archdiocesan Seminary in front of the Cathedral of San Pietro.  The architecture was connected to that of the elegant 15th century Palazzo Fava Ghisilardi.  Its location on the important via dell’Indipendenza sets its foundation above the archeological remains of the ancient Roman road system, part of which is still visible and has been left exposed in the basement level of the hotel.  Perhaps its beginning as a seminary has blessed this building in some special way, as staying here feels very much like a blessing.

The interior is one of sophisticated elegance where ornate fixtures, rich brocades, and gilded furnishings are balanced by spacious, airy simplicity.  The intimate courtyard extends its garden-like atmosphere by the clever use of some of the finest trompe l’oeil painting I have ever seen.  Our room, with balcony, looks out on the façade of the Cathedral of St. Peter and to our right, we have a expansive view of towers and rooftops and more importantly, the famous Piazza Maggiore and the Neptune Fountain.  Guests are “gifted” with the hotel’s rich artistic heritage in the15th century frescoed ceilings of the Camerino di Europa executed by the well-known Carracci brothers.  Also of note are the grotesque-style paintings that adorn the ceilings of I Carracci Restaurant, attributed to the same school.  All of this seems part of the “blessing” when combined with its over-all peaceful atmosphere and flawless service.

It would be difficult to single out the most praise-worthy aspect of dining at I Carracci Restaurant – the dome of its lovely ceiling, the soft-green brocaded walls with oil paintings and gilded mirrors, the tables set to please and prepare diners for a leisurely, flavorful journey at the hands of master Chef Giacomo Galeazzi. Our departure begins with a sformato di parmigiano topped with tiny wild strawberries and aged balsamic vinegar, accompanied by a gem-like white wine from the very local Umberto Cesari vineyards.  A plate of thinly sliced culatello, the most prized part of Parma prosciutto, arranged like a flower, follows and whets our appetites for the Cucina Bolognese that is about to begin in earnest with none other than tagliatelle al ragù and baked green lasagne alla Bolognese, served in a creamy bath of parmesan sauce.  The courses, paired with select wines from the region, continue and we do not let guilt slip into any opening between the chef’s specialties.  This is food that impresses our taste buds, but satisfies the soul.  One can taste the passion.

For wine lovers and those who simply love the enchantment of an old wine cellar, the hotel’s Morandi Wine Cellar dates back to the 15th century but is dedicated to Bologna’s 20th century artist, Giorgio Morandi.  The cellar can seat up to 24 diners for a more intimate dinner party, arranged at long table set beneath vaulted stone ceilings and surrounded by an impressive collection of Italian and International wines.

Read more about my books featuring this and other lovely restaurants and hotels, Rooms with a View and Italian Wanderlust, by clicking on their covers:

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