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In search of the perfect lasagne verdi...and other great foods of Bologna

In search of the perfect lasagne verdi...and other great foods of Bologna

It seemed such an easy quest: I just wanted a recipe for one of the few Italian dishes that might be pronounced a classic lasagne verdi alla bolognese, a dish as indelibly associated with Emilia-Romagna’s capital city as Wiener schnitzel is with Vienna and  salade Niçoise with Nice.  Yet aside from the requisites that lasagne verdi should be made with green spinach pasta, meat ragù and besciamella, asserting anything more definitive would be like denoting that in all thousands of Renaissance paintings of the Madonna and Child the Madonna will always be dressed in red and blue and the Child will be chubby.  I didn’t quite expect that about lasagne verdi...

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