Enoteca Morandi, a wonderland of a wine cellar
Fri, 09/24/2021 - 09:00
The Enoteca Morandi
These digital pages allow us to open the doors of the Grand Hotel Majestic “già Baglioni” “virtually”. Housed in a historical palazzo. This veritable Hotel-cum-Museum is a mine of curiosities and anecdotes that tell the story of Bologna itself, with which it has always had close ties. Today we take you into the Enoteca Morandi, a temple of hospitality and fine wine.
Face to face with history: the first showcase of Bolognese Futurism
The Enoteca, the palazzo’s wine cellar, is an exclusive location that dates from the 15th century. It was hotel manager Tiberio Biondi who renovated it and dedicated it to the Bolognese painter Giorgio Morandi, one of the most important figures in Italian art in the 20the century. The tribute is more than justified seeing how Morandi used to show his works in this very space in the hotel basement. Intriguingly, Morandi was also present at an event that couple the history of the hotel with that of the artistic avant-gardes. At the age of 23, in fact, he took part in the celebrated exhibition-cum-blitz organised by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, the poet and founder of Futurism, on the night of March 20-21 1914. With him were some of the most important artists of his generation, such as Severo Pozzati – later to become a poster designer under the pseudonym Sepo – Osvaldo Licini, Mario Bacchelli and Giacomo Vespignani.
An original tailor-made gourmet experience
Today the lively Enoteca Morandi, open to residents and non-residents alike, is a gem of a place with a distinctive, timeless atmosphere. It offers a comprehensive selection of more than 300 Italian and international wines for drinking with menus specifically designed to enhance our culinary tradition. Here a great many bespoke experiences are available to our guests: from cooking classes to the Five Senses tour. The first part of the tour, which takes place among the city’s markets and food emporiums, is dedicated to sight and smell, the second stimulates touch with a personalised practical cookery lesson. The third and final part celebrates taste with a dinner at the Enoteca Morandi in which the customised menu is accompanied by a selection of specially chosen wines. The Enoteca is the unique setting for private dinners, anniversaries, parties, cocktail parties and musical evenings. It also prides itself on its food and wine tastings in the company of a sommelier. On request, it is possible to savour local labels from the hills and vineyards of Emilia-Romagna accompanied by gourmet dishes that evoke the best of local tradition. With impeccable service and five-star quality, the Enoteca Morandi is an enjoyable alternative to the Ristorante I Carracci.