Tortelli, Tortellini And More, Oh My! At the Ristorante Alla Borsa

Ristorante alla Borsa

Ristorante alla Borsa

The Ristorante Alla Borsa, in the heart of Valleggio Sul Mincio (a town on the banks of the river that drains Lake Garda) is famed for its stuffed pasta, in particular its tortellini Nido D’Amore, which have a very thin pasta shell, and are made with several kinds of meat, but no cheese. They are — there’s no getting around it — extraordinarily good, but are far from the only kind of stuffed pasta to emerge from the restaurant kitchens.

And it is precisely this variety that led Angelo and Paola to organize a “Verticale di Tortellini” for the first night of this year’s Bardolino presentation, accompanying a number of the various kinds of stuffed pasta with Bardolino Chiaretto and Bardolino from the area around Valleggio. It was a stunning evening during which most of us ate entirely too much, because stuffed pasta is very much like cherries: Uno tira l’altro, One morsel invites another.

Ristorante alla Borsa Fried Tortellini

Ristorante alla Borsa Fried Tortellini

We began with fried tortellini, which are decidedly untraditional but a great favorite of Angelo’s, and quickly became a favorite of the rest of us too.

Ristorante alla Borsa Tortellini Nodo d'Amore with Butter

Ristorante alla Borsa Tortellini Nodo d’Amore with Butter

Next came Tortellini Nodo D’Amore, the Ristorante alla Borsa’s signature tortellini, served with a simple butter and sage sauce, and what can I say? Their renown is very well deserved.

Ristorante alla Borsa Tortelli With Monte Veronese Cheese And Potatoes

Ristorante alla Borsa Tortelli With Monte Veronese Cheese And Potatoes

The Tortellini were followed by Tortelli filled with Monte Veronese Cheese, potatoes, and a little rosemary, and they were again quite nice.

Ristorante alla Borsa Tortelli With Artichokes and Pecorino

Ristorante alla Borsa Tortelli With Artichokes and Pecorino

The Tortelli were followed by more Tortelli, this time with a pecorino and artichoke filling seasoned with marjoram, and while we were told that the recipe was still being worked on, it met with no complaints.

Ristorante alla Borsa Tortellini In Broth

Ristorante alla Borsa Tortellini In Broth

At this point the cooks decided to surprise us with a detour, as it were, and served up steaming bowls of tortellini in broth, which were quite refreshing and did help pave the way for:

Ristorante alla Borsa Tortelli With Squash Gonzaga Style

Ristorante alla Borsa Tortelli With Squash Gonzaga Style

Tortelli di Zucca alla Gonzaga, tortelli stuffed with squash, one of the most classic fillings of that part of the veneto, served with a tasty meat sauce that did a fine job of balancing the sweetness of the squash filling.

Ristorante alla Borsa Millefoglie and Gelato

Ristorante alla Borsa Millefoglie and Gelato

And to finish up? a selection of desserts; I opeted for Millefoglie with Gelato to start out.

Ristorante alla Borsa Semifreddo

Ristorante alla Borsa Semifreddo

And finished up with a semifreddo, which I enjoyed, but neglected to take notes on, though looking at it brings saffron to mind.

Bottom line: If you visit the southern part of Lake Garda, and like stuffed pasta (even remotely), do consider a meal at the Ristorante alla Borsa.

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Categories: Illustrated Recipes And More, Recipes from the Veneto, Cucina Veneta, Stuffed Pasta

Author:Cosa Bolle in Pentola

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2 Comments on “Tortelli, Tortellini And More, Oh My! At the Ristorante Alla Borsa”

  1. May 20, 2013 at 6:37 pm #

    Thank you Kyle!

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