I’ve eaten tortellini countless times. It’s certainly among my top two or three favorite filled Italian pastas. Until today, however, I was unaware that the ringlike shape was intended to represent the navel of the goddess Venus. Or so legend has it, anyway. I’m not sure whether that knowledge will enhance or diminish my future enjoyment of tortellini, but I am certain that I’ll never be able to get that image out of my head. Anyway! If you were undecided about which filled Italian pasta to eat today, contemplate your belly button and see what answer…pops out?
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Author: Joe Kissell