In Bologna I visited where Filippo Tommaso Marinetti hung out with his futurist friends and discussed the evils of eating pasta. I did not expect to find it to be part of a grand hotel.
Cafe’ Marinetti is located in the Grand Hotel Majestic “Gia Baglioni”. It is an 18th-century palazzo across the street from the Cattedrale Metropolitana di San Pietro and only a 5-minute walk from the Towers of Bologna.
The hotel is decorated with Baroque details, expensive paintings and photographs of famous visiting celebrities….Frank Sinatra, Eva Gardner, Princess Diana, Sting, Bruce Springsteen and others.
The hotel is very luxurious…when I was there there was a Bentley Ferrari and a sports BMW out the front collecting and dropping off guests.
Cafe’ Marinetti is frequented by well heeled guests as I imagine it was then during Marinetti’s time.
But who was Marinetti?
And really why would I expect someone who had such strong views about pasta to be anything else but part of the well heeled set?
It is interesting to see that pasta features on the menu at Cafe Marinetti and there is no risotto.
Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, one of the founders of Futurism in the early 1900:
Bolognese recipe, from Great Italian Chefs.
My mother used to add cream rather than milk, and a little grated nutmeg.
- 300g of beef mince 85% fat
- 150g of pork mince
- 50g of unsalted butter
- 50g of onion finely chopped
- 50g of carrot finely chopped
- 50g of celery finely chopped
- 125ml of red wine
- 30g of tomato paste, triple concentrated
- 125ml of whole milk
- salt to taste
- black pepper to taste
……or tortellini or to make a lasagna.