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Grandmother

The old book shown in this photo is her grandmother’s collection of recipes. Decades of practice and refinement went into its creation, and it’s what has made Silvia into the chef she is today.

Her grandmother lived the vast majority of her life inside the walls of Bologna. She rarely traveled outside the city, let alone Italy itself. So, the collection of recipes in her book is some of the most authentic Italian Bolognese food you could hope to find.

The recipe book is the reason Silvia was able to duplicate Bolognese Italian food in the city of Chicago. Her grandmother openly shared her recipes with other ladies in the city, and they in turn shared theirs. This warm and collaborative process was also passed down to Silvia, and it’s why she’s so happy to share her authentic Italian food with Chicago’s patrons.