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
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