This dish is the perfect example of the Italian regional cuisine in which there’s no contamination and there’s the research to the local product to maximally exalt the territory. Indeed, the filling is made with a local kind of squash that grows in the Mantova’s area (a little town in northern Italy) which is called Zucca Mantovana, and with the amaretti cookies from Saronno, another little town in the same region of Mantova.
These Tortelli are the symbol of Mantova, the flavor is very complex because there are many combinations of characterizing ingredients: the sweetness of the squash, the saltiness of the Grana Padano, the bitterness of the amaretti, the spiciness of the mustard, and the spicy note of the nutmeg, which tasted separately may not be good, but joined together in a filling make this tortello a delicacy.
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