The magic of artisanal tortellini: heart of italian culinary tradition

Artisanal tortellini

Artisanal tortellini represent one of the excellences of Italian cuisine, a symbol of tradition and gastronomic mastery that has deep roots in centuries of history. In this article, we will explore the fascinating story of these small culinary masterpieces, from their legendary origin to the artisanal techniques that make them unique. Are you ready for a tasty journey into the world of handmade tortellini?

The Legendary origin of Tortellini

Legend has it that tortellini originated in Bologna, Italy, inspired by a love story between the goddess Venus and a famous local chef. It is said that Venus, staying at an inn in the city, was seduced by the chef, who, captivated by the beauty of the goddess, created tortellini shaped like a navel in homage to his muse.

Quality ingredients and artisanal passion

What makes artisanal tortellini so special is the care and attention dedicated to ingredient selection. The artisan chefs at Gourmade carefully choose high-quality meat and use fresh eggs, flax, and hemp, as well as fine flour for the pasta. The passion for the artisanal process is reflected in the manual preparation, ensuring the consistency and quality of the final product.

The artisanal technique of tortellini creation

The preparation of tortellini is an art that requires skill and mastery. Gourmade’s artisan chefs carefully work the pasta, rolling it thinly to create light sheets. The filling, composed of ground meat, cheese, and delicious aromas, is precisely arranged on the dough. The magical moment arrives when the tortellini are shaped by hand, folded into that characteristic navel shape, a gesture that requires experience and dexterity.

Journey into Regional Flavors

Each Italian region has its variations of tortellini, each with a unique character. In Bologna, for example, tortellini is often served in broth, while in Emilia-Romagna, they might be prepared with different fillings such as ham or mortadella. This diversity of flavors reflects the richness and variety of Italian culinary tradition.

Artisanal tortellini is not just a tasty dish but also a symbol of dedication to tradition and quality. These small culinary masterpieces carry with them the history and passion of generations of Italian artisan chefs. When we enjoy a plate of handmade tortellini, we immerse ourselves in a tradition that embraces love for food and the pursuit of culinary perfection. Bon voyage into the world of authentic flavors!

Recipe for Butter and Sage Tortellini with Crispy Guanciale: A Triumph of Italian Flavors


  • 500 g of artisanal tortellini
  • 100 g of Piedmontese butter
  • 100 g of extra-selected quality guanciale
  • Grated Bruno Selection HQF Cheese
  • Fresh sage leaves
  • Salt to taste


  1. Cooking the tortellini: Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the tortellini, and once cooked al dente, drain them and set aside a cup of cooking water.
  2. Preparation of butter and sage sauce: In a large pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add fresh sage leaves and let them cook in the melted butter until they become crispy. Add the strips of guanciale (previously cut) and cook until they become golden and crispy.
  3. Combining the tortellini and the sauce: Transfer the tortellini directly into the pan with the butter, sage, and guanciale sauce. Gently mix to ensure that the tortellini are well coated with the sauce. If necessary, add some tortellini cooking water to achieve a creamy consistency.
  4. Serving: Distribute the tortellini on serving plates. Finish with a generous sprinkling of grated Bruno Selection HQF Cheese, if desired.
  5. Enjoy the result: Serve the hot and delicious tortellini, savoring the rich combination of butter, sage, and crispy guanciale.

This recipe offers an explosion of Italian flavors, from the creaminess of the butter to the aromatic notes of sage and the salty touch of crispy guanciale. Simple but irresistible, this dish celebrates the goodness of artisanal tortellini in a sauce that enhances their flavor. Buon appetito!”

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