Wops get all sooky about people cooking spag bol wrong


Last week it was the dagos and wogs getting upset, this week the wops…and over something as big as spaghetti bolognese.

Hundreds of Italian chefs cooked bolognese sauce in order to show the world how to make the classic recipe correctly.

While the dish has been a staple for millions of diners around the world for decades, Italians claimed the original reciope has become so corrupted it is in urgent need of culinary rescue. 

Gourmands insist that the popular dish’s apparent simplicity is deceptive, and throw their arms up in dismay when they see chicken or turkey used as a substitute for the key ingredient, minced beef.

In an attempt to restore the integrity of the dish known to millions of British diners as “spag bol”, nearly 450 chefs in Italian restaurants in 50 countries cooked spaghetti bolognese on Sunday with authentic ingredients including pancetta, carrots, celery, onions, tomato paste and a dash of wine.

They had to conform to a recipe set down in 1982 by the chamber of commerce in Bologna – the home of bolognese.

Most people, particularly foreigners, get the recipe wrong from the very start, purists insist. Instead of spaghetti, they say it is tagliatelle that should be cooked to go with the rich meat and tomato sauce, making it “tag bol” rather than “spag bol”.

“Along with lasagne, spaghetti bolognese is the most abused Italian dish. There are some crazy versions out there,” said Massimo Bottura, a bolognese “virtuoso” who runs a restaurant in Modena. The worst he had ever eaten was in Bangkok. “It was terrible,” he told the Corriere della Sera newspaper.


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  • Whanga_Cynic

    Why would you go all the way to Bangkok and then eat Spag Bol – dickhead!

  • thor42

    FFS! It’s basically mince, tomato and pasta – talk about people getting “precious” over it.

    Fry up the mince and tomato, throw in a few herbs, throw it on the cooked pasta and add parmesan to make it extra-delicious. Easy. If it *smells* good, it *is* good – no measuring required.

    • WayneO

      And that’s why the Italians are outraged. What you have described tastes good, but Bolognese it is not.

      • Col

        Have a look at the book Harrys Bar Venice very good easy book.

  • Matt in Italy

    It gets worse. In Italy you won’t find Spaghetti Bolognese. It’s called Ragu. Neither will you find those huge pepper mills in Italian restaurants, garlic is used sparingly and Carbonara is not creamy, it just uses eggs which cooks itslef on the heat of the pasta. #endrant

    • Col

      Many versions of Cabo Matt, your right, but also they do use cream with egg or without, I should be right as I cooked in Roma, and down in Sorrento, and also Cosenza In Calabria, one book I like is Harrys Bar in Venice. Try there Boly it is good,