Midweek family favourite, spaghetti bolognese, is a sham, according to the mayor of Bologna. And he should know, seeing as he’s the mayor of Bologna!
Virginio Merola branded the dish “fake news” in a tweet asking for pictures of spaghetti bolognese from all over the world.
He went on to tell Italian broadcaster, RAI: “Spaghetti bolognese doesn’t actually exist, yet it’s famous the world over.
“What we’d prefer the world to know is that Bologna invented tagliatelle, tortellini and lasagne.”
If he doesn’t think it actually exists, then why is Mr Merola asking people to send him pictures of the fictitious dish, you may well ask?
He says he wants to put them into an exhibit at the world’s biggest food theme park – FICO Eataly World – which has just opened in Bologna.
Maybe he thinks that seeing all the pictures together from all over the world will help prove his case against the dish being from Bologna, but we think the name has already stuck, so he won’t have much luck changing it.
Mr Merola told The Telegraph: “It is strange to be famous all over the world for a dish that isn’t ours.
“Of course we are happy that it draws attention to our city, but we would prefer to be known for the quality food that is part of our culinary tradition.”
Some of the pictures that were posted on Twitter in response to the mayor’s request included a pasta dish made from a packet mix and one sold in a jar – oh the horror!
So, what should we be calling the meal that mums and dads serve up to their kids on a regular basis?
In Bologna itself, the dish most like bolognese is known as ragu, but has less meat running through it and can be served with anything from tagliatelle to farfalle.
Now, to us spaghetti-loving Brits, that sounds like an abomination. We think we’ll stick to our meat-laden sauce and slurping it down with relish.
And as for what it should be called, would spaghetti bolognese by any other name taste as sweet? And to be frank, we think the kids would probably turn their noses up at ‘ragu’.