When it comes to classic Italian meals, most people think of simple dishes like a Margherita pizza, lasagne, and Spaghetti Bolognese.
The bombshell was dropped by Virginio Merola, the mayor of Bologna, Italy, which is the supposed home of the pasta dish. And Merola is now launching an awareness campaign to teach people the truth.
“Spaghetti bolognese doesn’t actually exist, yet it’s famous the world over,” Merola told Italian broadcaster RAI. “What we’d prefer the world to know is that Bologna invented tagliatelle, tortellini, and lasagne.”
However it’s rarely served with spaghetti — Italians tend to go for a stronger pasta type with a greater surface area to hold the sauce, such as tagliatelle.