We were only able to have time for a day trip to Ferrara so we didn't have that much time but I was determined to find Osteria del Ghetto after reading the reviews. I am so glad that we made the effort because that pumpkin filled tortellini was one of the best dishes I had the entire two week trip. Finding this cozy restaurant in the historical Jewish ghetto with winding cobblestoned streets made it special and the hospitality from Laura and her staff really made you feel welcome. To begin with I ordered a small plate of assorted meats (proscuitto and salami) but I must have pointed to a different line by accident and they brought this salad of fresh sliced mushrooms tossed in a lemon vinaigrette and topped with shaved parmesan - fabulous mistake. Such a simple dish but so good and a perfect appetizer that was light and fresh tasting but left room for the piece de resistance - Tortellini de zucca (not sure how it was phrased on the menu but it is the pumpkin filled tortellini). The pasta around the filling was perfectly cooked and clearly homemade. The pumpkin filling was creamy and sweet, then it was topped with the best bolognese ragu I have ever had. Each bite was this wonderful combination of sweet pumpkin and rich, flavorful ragu that of course I said yes to the parmesan offered to be shaved on top which added to the perfect balance of salty and sweet. My husband was also very happy with his seafood salad for a light lunch. I would definitely return to this restaurant on my next visit. Maybe I could find out how they make their ragu so good. (Laura I would really love to get the recipe)
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