Weekend con gusto

Le sorprese di Sasso Marconi: dalla Via degli Dei alle delizie del Forno Mollica.


The surprises of Sasso Marconi: from the Via degli Dei to the delights of Forno Mollica.

Sasso Marconi is a municipality located between the large cities of Bologna, Modena and Florence. It is a small tourist destination that is worth a visit. For those coming from the city, Sasso Marconi represents the natural gateway to the Apennines while the mountain areas offer visitors very varied landscapes, aromas and flavors, proposing themselves as a starting point to discover the environmental, naturalistic, historical and cultural heritage of the Bolognese Apennines.

Sasso Marconi

It is a treasure chest of small and large treasures such as the Rupe, the Mauseleo Marconi, Palazzo De ‘Rossi or Colle Ameno. Palazzo de ‘Rossi (Pontecchio Marconi). In Pontecchio Marconi, there is the Marconi Museum, dedicated to the origin and development of wireless communications, now housed in Villa Griffone, once the residence of Guglielmo Marconi.

Villa Griffone

The itineraries and walks

The territory of Sasso Marconi is a trekking paradise
Via della Lana and della Seta
The path connects two historic centers of great value, which have grown over the centuries thanks to the skilful management of water: Bologna, the city of the lock and canals, for centuries the capital of silk and Prato, the city of gore and fulling mills, the epicenter of the wool and textile district. Palazzo de ‘Rossi

Palazzo de’ Rossi

La Via degli Dei The Way of the Gods
Each stage of this wonderful journey is rich in history, nature, culture and food and wine. It starts from Bologna and through the famous arches you arrive at the sanctuary of San Luca, and then descend down from the Bregoli to Casalecchio di Reno. For Bolognesei it is the classic Easter Monday walk and it is also a suitable path for your four-legged friends; many accommodations are in fact “pet friendly. Going along the Reno, you arrive in Sasso Marconi, discovering real treasures (the Roman aqueduct, the oasis of San Gherardo, the Vizzano Bridge …)  For trekking lovers, the Via reaches Florence and can be traveled by bike or on foot.

Via degli Dei, Sasso Marconi, Ponte di Vizzano.

Aurora Mazzucchelli and Forno Mollica

I met the starred Chef Aurora Mazzucchelli who in addition to leading the Marconi Restaurant, with her brother Massimo is at the helm of the Forno Mollica, in the same building that houses the restaurant. The Mollica Oven The tasty novelty that Aurora and Massimo have come up with is the practical “Aurora in Famiglia” take-away kit, which offers a rich menu of dishes prepared and pre-cooked in their workshops to be collected from the Oven and to be completed comfortably at home.

Aurora Mazzucchelli e il suo Mollica


Chef Aurora Mazzucchelli recommends letting her fall in love with all the scents in the fridge for at least a day, then you can taste them.
Chef Aurora Mazzucchelli recommends letting her fall in love with all the scents in the fridge for at least a day, then you can taste them.

Ingredients for 8 people

Sponge cake 450 g. whole eggs 250 g. sugar 250 g. 00 flour 8 g. dry yeast zest of one lemon vanilla Method Combine eggs, sugar and lemon zest, put on the fire in a bain marie and bring to 60 ° c, stirring with a whisk. Get out of the heat and operate the planetary mixer, whip well, add the sifted flour with the yeast a little at a time, being careful not to dismantle the mixture. pour into a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
Cook for 45 \ 50 minutes at 180. Real pasta ingredients 175 g. almonds 175 g. sugar 60 g. egg whites 25 g. wildflower honey method
Finely blend the almonds with the sugar, pour everything into a bowl and add the honey and egg whites. it must be creamy. Bath with anise ingredients 80 g. water 60 g. sugar 50 g. aniseed liqueur a clove and a piece of cinnamon method Heat the water with the sugar and spices so as to obtain a syrup, exit the heat and add the liqueur. other ingredients apricot jam almonds with skin

Preparation of the cake
Cut circles of sponge cake with a 10 cm diameter pasta cup, at this point divide them in half horizontally. Put a round base in a cooking basket and wet the bottom with the aniseed sauce, add a spoonful of apricot jam and close with the other circle of sponge cake, wet again. Put the royal almond paste in a piping bag with the striped tip and cover the surface of the cake. Now sprinkle the top with almond slices and refrigerate for 12 hours. after this time, bake in the oven for 10 minutes

Which wine to pair with?

Muscat wine is not just a sweet and aromatic white wine: it stimulates curiosity, character, and is the right way to interpret the different situations of life.
It is ideal with sweets and fruit tarts and perfect for Aurora’s dessert.

Moscato d’Asti Saracco DOCG

Moscato d’Asti Saracco DOCG is a native aromatic wine with a straw yellow color and an aroma characterized by aromas of orange and peach. The vine is Moscato Bianco di Canelli typical of the Langhe area.
This wine has become the favorite of American rappers and hip hoppers who not only sip it at parties but even mention it in their songs. So did Kanye West, Lil ‘Kim and Kendrick Lamar who wrote  the pace: “When things get hard to digest / we need a bottle of Muscat”

“Moscato brings happyness and good music”, say the rappers



Forno Mollica
Via Porrettana n.291, Sasso Marconi (Bologna)
Cantine Saracco
Via Circonvallazione 6, Castiglione Tinella (Cuneo) Italia

Cesare Zucca
Travel, food & lifestyle.
Born in Milan, Cesare lives between New York, Milan and the rest of the world.For WEEKEND PREMIUM he photographs and talks about cities, cultures, lifestyles and discovers both traditional and innovative gastronomic delights. Cesare meets and interviews top chefs from all over the world, ‘steals’ their recipes and tells you everything in his blog, in style ‘Tourist… not soo tourist”