Tortellini, The Dumpling Inspired By Venus’ Navel

NPR- August 27, 2013

Legend has it that Venus, the goddess of love, once stayed at the local tavern in the town of Castelfranco Emilia, halfway between the gastronomic giants Bologna and Modena.
The innkeeper spied on his guest through the keyhole of her room and got a partial glimpse of her. Struck by what he saw, he rushed to his kitchen, rolled out a sheet of fresh egg pasta and invented a shape inspired by Venus’ navel.

All hail each tortellini glutton,
For honoring Venus’ belly-button.

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