Spaghetti Bolognese Isn'T Real It'S 'Fake News', Says Mayor Of Bologna
If you look at the menus of most Italian restaurants in the UK, you're bound to find Spaghetti Bolognese listed among the items on offer.
You'll also find jars of bolognese sauce for sale in the aisles of your local supermarkets, be it a Tesco, a Waitrose or an Aldi.
But it turns out there's really no such thing as Spaghetti Bolognese, at least according to Virginio Merola, the Mayor of Bologna, a city in Itay's Emilia-Romagna region.
He claims the the popular pasta dish is "fake news" and he wants everyone to know it.
He wrote: Dear citizens, I'm collecting photos of Spaghetti Bolognese around the world, speaking of fake news."
Virginio then shared a snap of a specials board from a London restaurant, selling the dish for £6.95 and asked people to send in their own photos.
He plans to use these photos to create an exhibit for the city's new FICO Eataly World, which is the largest food theme park in the world.
People on social media were quick to reply to Virginio sharing their own hilarious photos - including a packet of Knorr bolognese sauce mix from Austria, a look at a British school dinner menu and a black board offering 'Bolonske Spagety' in Moravia.
Many people believe that Bolognese originated in Bologna, but as the Mayor reveals, this is simply not the case.
Speaking to Italian radio broadcaster RAI, he said: "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."
Additionally he 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."
In Italy, the dish we commonly call Bolognese, is actually referred to as a Ragù sauce, which features much less meat and is spread throughout the pasta, instead of being spooned over the top.
It is also typically served with a sturdier type of pasta, such as tagliatelle instead of spaghetti.