are tiny pasta, folded to resemble a navel.
Bolognese claim to have invented this pasta and in the city of
Bologna there is even the Learned Order of the Tortellini,
a group with a large and impressive membership dedicated to the
preservation of the traditional tortellini.
At their gatherings members wear redand gold hats in the shape
of a tortellini and
a ribbon round their necks connected to a tortellini made of gold.
It is said that when the Bolognese eat their famous
tortellini in brodo, tortellini
in broth they remain completely silent until they are finished.
is the creation of a local cook who dreamt he saw Venus rising
from the waves, glimpsed her perfect navel and, upon waking, rushed
into his kitchen to recreate the divine belly-button as a pasta