Tortellini are tiny pasta, folded to resemble a navel.
The 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.
It 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.