Tortellini of Valeggio, Italy

Tortellini of Valeggio, Italy

Tortellini of Valeggio, Italy

Tortellini is made throughout Italy but also well celebrated with a large yearly festival dedicated to this favorite pasta in the Valeggio district of Lake Garda, Italy.



Making fresh tortellini at Valeggio, Italy

Making fresh tortellini in Valeggio

While on a travel journalist and blogger tour of the Lake Garda region, we dropped by Valeggio to tour one of the local pasta making factories to see and even hand make some tortellini in their back room. Well not really the back room, but the middle tables with all the pasta making and rolling machines in a relatively tight spot. And within the pasta room, we find a few nonna’s (grandmother) chatting away in Italian and smiling at the visitors checking out their hand made pasta.


 Il re del tortellino shop at Valeggio, Italy

Making the perfect tortellini at Il re del tortellino shop


 Il re del tortellino shop at Valeggio, Italy


Fresh tortellini made daily

The pasta is rolled out into very thin sheets and then scored into small squares then then a small dollop of meat filling (typically made with pork, chicken and beef with mixed vegetables) but can also be made with a variety of fresh local ingredients. The tortellini are then quickly hand rolled into their famous shapes and then left to dry in racks. Some adventurous souls including myself were shown how to roll the tortellini into shape. Slowly and unsuccessfully, we tried making tortellini into conforming shapes, but leave it to clumsy hands to end up making imperfect and unsellable tortellini!


Fresh pasta at Il re del tortellino shop at Valeggio, Italy




Feasting on freshly fried pastas and Italian snacks


Fried pasta and Italian goodies at Il re del tortellino shop at Valeggio, Italy


And regional wines from the Lake Garda region



Sampling pasta and wine from Northeastern Italy

The Valeggio Tortellini festival

When we visited Valeggio, we were given a mini festival highlight visit with delicious foods featuring tortellini and local wines – even a visit from the King of Tortellini (who happened to be the owner of the Il re del tortellino shop). We just happened to miss this annual festival which happens every June 18th each year. If you are visiting Italy and the Lake Garda region, make sure you visit the Valeggio district and the hamlet of Borghetto (the site of the annual Tortellini festival) to take part in the festival and I’m sure you will be fed very well with all different kinds of Tortellini served many delicious ways that only Italians know how to prepare and present beautifully! You can check out this link for any updates and things to see and do at the Valeggio Tortellini Festival.

Borghetto – site of the Valeggio Tortellini Festival


Borghetto in Northeastern Italy

If you enjoyed this post, please check out some of my other posts in the Lake Garda region

Lake Garda at Peschiera

Luxury stay in Peschiera del Garda

A visit to the sweet hamlet of Borghetto

Garden tour at Parco Giardino Sigurtà

automotive museum at Museo Nicolis


Well that was a fun way to eat our way through the Vallegio district and enjoy the day touring the city and tortellini shop to make some delicious hand made tortellini. Thanks also to Lake Garda Tourism, for hosting me on this the amazing trip visiting the Lake Garda region. All opinions and thoughts were my own and I really enjoyed touring this wonderful city and lake region in Northeastern Italy.

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7 Responses to Tortellini of Valeggio, Italy

  1. Sue Reddel July 14, 2016 at 10:20 am #

    The pasta looks just amazing. You really captured it beautifully. So much work and love goes into making them.

  2. Irene S. Levine July 13, 2016 at 3:56 am #

    Oh, this pasta looks so wonderful! I’m sure that the citizens in Bologna have a bone to pick with Lake Garda because they claim to be the world epicenter of tortellini!

  3. Malaysia Tour Packages July 12, 2016 at 2:35 am #

    thats looking awesome and its a very interesting post…

  4. Rhonda Albom July 7, 2016 at 7:44 pm #

    Fun and delicious! Your photos are perfect and really inviting. I never really thought about someone folding each of those tortellini before. I will eat them differently next time.

    • Noel July 8, 2016 at 12:26 am #

      Yes, it definitely is a lot of work to do, but fun as you can see it.

  5. Donna Janke July 7, 2016 at 8:10 am #

    This looks like so much fun! I love tortellini,

  6. Lynn Belles July 7, 2016 at 3:05 am #

    I learned while in Europe that even though I have to eat Gluten Free in the states, I could eat the flour that pita bread is made from. I wonder it the same goes for tortellini? Sure looks delicious!

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