A Taste of Ravenna: Discovering Authentic Emilia-Romagna Cuisine

By: Nicole Dickerson / Last updated: April 8, 2024

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Cappelletti di Romagna
Cappelletti di Romagna

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Regional Cuisine:

Bologna, Ferrara, Forlí-Cesena, Modena, Parma, Piacenza, Reggio Emilia, Rimini

Cappelletti di Romagna

In Ravenna and other parts of Romagna, enjoy cappelletti di Romagna. This take on one of Emilia-Romagna’s stuffed pasta dishes involves a cheese filling made from fresh raviggiolo cheese. The cappelletti is either served in brodo or a meat ragù sauce.

Cozze di Marina

Since Ravenna is closer to the Adriatic Sea, there’s an assortment of seafood served here in addition to the typical hearty food of Emilia-Romagna. Mussels are a must, so don’t miss the Cozze di Marina di Ravenna. These wild mussels grow naturally in the Adriatic as deep as ten to twelve meters in the sea. There’s even an annual festival in June to honor the wild mussels of Ravenna.

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piadina is a popular, must-try street food in Ravenna. These traditional flatbreads are thicker in this region. You’ll find piadina stuffed with various meats, cheese, and vegetables.


Caterine di Ravenna

Caterine di Ravenna is another sweet treat of the region typically prepared on November 25th, the day of Saint Catherine. These sugar cookies are enhanced with lemon zest and often shaped into roosters, hens, or a doll (Catherine), then decorated with chocolate or sugar sprinkles.


For something sweet, look to ravennino. These milk and dark chocolates are made with pine nuts and salt.


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