National Tortellini Day - February 13
Tue, Feb 13, 2024

National Tortellini Day

The best way to get acquainted with the flavor of any country is to try the local cuisine. National Tortellini Day is dedicated to the dish, the birthplace of which is considered to be Italy. Traditionally, the holiday is celebrated on February 13 every year.


The traditional Italian dish is served in almost all restaurants, despite the simple method of preparation. It tastes excellent. Every self-respecting tourist necessarily tries it, sometimes not knowing the history of its occurrence.

According to legend, the owner of the tavern saw a beautiful girl. She turned out to be the infamous illegitimate daughter of Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia. The man was so struck by the beauty of the stranger that he rushed after her. He couldn’t see through the tiny keyhole anything but a navel. On the same day, he prepared a beautiful dish, which later became one of the most famous in the country.

According to another version, real gods looked into the bar. They were Venus and Jupiter. The unearthly beauty of the woman so impressed the cook that he decided to create a dish for her. The couple stayed in the room for the whole night. The discouraged cook spied on them, but couldn’t see anything but the navel. His feelings remained misunderstood, they had to be hidden.

In its shape, tortellini really resemble a navel. They are prepared using dough, finely chopped minced meat and seasonings. This is the traditional recipe, but after a few years, cooks began to experiment. They added greens, cheese and vegetables. Especially popular was the dish with Brussels sprouts.

Interesting facts

  • Tortellini is not only very tasty, it also saturates the body with carbohydrates. They are important sources of energy. A nutritious dish perfectly satisfies hunger.
  • The first recipe appeared at the end of the 16th century, and the modern one – in the 20s.
  • You can buy ready-made tortellini in the store. Cooking time does not take much time. A tasty and healthy dish can replace harmful fast food, the cost of which is approximately at the same level.

How to celebrate

The real crime would be not to try an Italian dish on this day. Self-confident cooks can try to cook it on their own, and the rest – to purchase packaging in the local supermarket. There are a huge number of recipes, among which you can choose the one that you will definitely like. Add sauces or seasonings.

When is National Tortellini Day celebrated in 2024?

National Tortellini Day is observed on February 13 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Tuesday February 13 2024
Thursday February 13 2025
Friday February 13 2026
Saturday February 13 2027