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Eating Jazzy in Italy: 5 Days and 5 Primi Piatti

Benvenuto To Bologna, Italy

Italians just know how to set an eating karma for the right mood. The key is to find the mood you want and match it.

Eating in Italy: Primo Piatto and more

My mood on the 3rd day of eating in Bologna, Italy and 5 days of primi piatti was:

jazzy, music, dark, relaxing and of course

Good food to match.

Day 3 of 5 in Bologna, Italy’s Primi Piatti

I found it on day three at a popular music jazz restaurant. It had the jazz and the dark and the atmosphere. A energetic feel when I walked in, not in an overpowering way, but in a cozy, intimate, jazzy way. The music is played live and on scene in an underground back area. You can eat your meal and watch the music close or move to a table in the back.

That night I left the restaurant with a bit of jump in my soul and a recipe inspiration to make at mia casa. This dish I stole, il primo piatto was one of my favorite first courses eaten on this Bologna trip. It has become a weekly meal at home because it takes 10 minutes to make and tastes delizioso. A real crowd pleaser for young and old, my 4 kids love this pasta dish.

Linguine con Prosciutto, Limone e Panne. Linguine with Prosciutto, Lemon and Cream.

Here is a photo of mio primo piatto that night:

Linguine with Prosciutto and Lemon Cream

Ah, the picture brings back memories of that evening. A few precious hours of eating linguine, drinking wine and watching the best jazz. The name of the restaurant is Cantina Bentivoglio located on Via Mascarella in Bologna. Here is the link to the restaurant/jazz club: Cantina Bentivoglio.

Cantina Bentivoglio Music and Marvelous Food

The last part of the name “Bentivoglio” could be translated as “good wishes to you” or “I care about you”, in a non-romantic way. Italians have two ways to express “I love you” either as Ti Voglio Bene or Ti Amo. It is a complex cultural habit to understand (from a foreigner’s view) the cultural differences between these two phrases. Much depends on the context in how it is being expressed.  If you are interested in more details on this, see an article published on BrightonYourHealth on this subject,Musings on Love, Language and a Long Life”

Finally it was time to walk back to the hotel after a delicious meal with music in Bologna, Italy. What made the walk back unique was walking under the patio, the portico with the glittering lights.

The portico at night in Bologna, Italy

Bologna, Italy

Bologna is a magic place to be, to experience and to eat! If you would like to discover Day 1 and Day 2 of this trip and learn more about Bologna, here are the articles, “Eating Traditional” and “Eating Trendy.” Buon Appetito and let me know if you like my version of Linguine with Proscuitto, Lemon and Cream. You can discover it here!

Linguine Infused with Lemon Cream and Proscuitto

Serves 4-6
Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 10 minutes
Total time 15 minutes
Allergy Milk
Meal type Lunch, Main Dish, Starter
Misc Child Friendly, Serve Hot
Region Italian
A quick and delicious primo piatto, first course linguine dish that can be whipped up in 10 minutes. Stealing from the Italians, this half-gourmet recipe is a big hit with kids and adults alike.


  • 1lb Linguine
  • 4oz Proscuitto (Sliced thinly into 1/4" strips )
  • 4oz Light Cream (Can use half and half cream as a substitute)
  • 1 Juice of Lemon
  • Zest Of a half a Lemon (From a non-chemically treated lemon)
  • 1 Small onion (sliced into thin slices called julienne strips)
  • 2 tablespoons Extra virgin olive oil (Preferably from Italy)
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh parsley (chopped finely)


This is a simple to prepare dish with very little ingredients and preparation. It is an ideal weeknight main course for dinner. Best served with a light green salad on the side for a complete meal. This dish does not need additional salt because the prosciutto is quite salty. However, some may like fresh grated black pepper with it. Kids also love this dish. It is one of the few things I make that all four kids adore. Do not be afraid of the cream in the recipe. It is subtle and does not overwhelm the taste. Accompanying this main meal with a light salad and raw fruit for dessert you will satisfied and not overly 'guilty' for eating this creamy and delicious linguine dish.


Step 1
Start a large pot of water to boil to cook linguine.
Step 2
In a large skillet heat olive oil over low heat.
Step 3
When olive oil is hot (but not burning), sautée sliced onions and prosciutto, watching mixture carefully so it does not burn.
Step 4
Add salt to boiling pasta water and prepare linguine as to time indicated on package, cooking it 'al dente'.
Step 5
While the pasta is cooking, add lemon juice to onion and prosciutto mixture.
Step 6
Slowly add cream to skillet pan and lower heat. Mix and watch carefully the prosciutto combination so the cream does not boil. Cook for several minutes and do not let sauce burn. The linguine should be ready to drain. If not, turn off sauce.
Step 7
When pasta is cooked, drain linguine well and put pasta directly into the skillet onto of prosciutto sauce. Add lemon zest to top of pasta. If you had turned off the heat from the skillet, turn it on again on low heat.
Step 8
Taking a kitchen tool, like a pasta spoon or large fork, gently infuse the linguine well with the sauce. All of the linguine should have sauce on it. You will need to mix well and quickly.
Step 9
Call everyone to sit down at the table to eat. When linguine is hot and all sauce infused, shut off heat of skillet pan.
Step 10
If serving pasta from the skillet pan at the table, add the parsley on top and serve immediately with grated Parmesan on the side.
Step 11
If serving dish in a different bowl, put pasta in the new bowl and add parsley on top and serve immediately.

Buon Appetito

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