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Mar 8, 2011 07:26 PM

Agriturismo near Modena

We just returned from ten days in Germany, Switzerland, and Italy. The highlight of our trip was a few days outside Modena, at an agriturismo called Podere Prasiano. The food, prepared by Emanuela Grotti, is exquisite. Every meal was wonderful, the highlights include perfect stracotto di manzo (beef pot roast), the best bollito misto or mixed boiled meats with a zesty salsa, the most delectable yellow tortelloni we have ever had, freshly baked crescentini (flatbread) spread with lardo and served with salumi, spezzatini di manzo (long cooked beef stew), lovely simple jam and nut cakes. Local lambrusco and homemade limoncello with every meal. We highly recommend PP to anyone who wants an agriturismo experience in Emilia-Romagna. Pictures of tortelloni, salumi plate and crescentini.

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  1. sounds and looks glorious - just to confirm, are meals available to non-residents or just those staying at the agriturismo? what is the meal price?

    Looking forward to hearing about any other good (or bad) meals you had on this trip.

    Podere Prasiano
    ia Frignanese, 5284, Marano sul Panaro Modena, Emilia-Romagna 41054, IT

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    1. re: jen kalb

      Meals are available to both non-residents and residents. Emanuela opens up her restaurant during the weekends. We were staying halfboard (breakfast and dinner) for 80 euros/person, which we thought was an excellent price considering the quality of the food. She just started this agriturismo about 2 months ago, but she previously ran a very successful restaurant in her hometown of Fanano nearby so her restaurant at the agriturismo is already doing quite well (her old restaurant had been mentioned in the Slow Food guide too). If you are in the area, do go, you won't be disappointed.

      1. re: gigondas

        I contacted Emanuela and it is now only available to residents :(

    2. We just returned from a long weekend staying at Podere Prasiano on the back of this post so I have to say thank you for bringing it to our attention - it was lovely!

      The house itself is gorgeous and sympathetically converted farmhouse with amazing views and beautiful surrounding countryside. Obviously however, we are here to talk about the food.

      The owner and chef Emanuella is extremely proud of the regions produce and, as expected, this shines through in the food provided. Pretty much everything from yogurts for breakfast to parmesan/cured meats antipasto is from the locals farms and Emanuella also makes her own jam from fruit on the grounds as well as some lovely sparkling wines. We ate dinner two nights at the house - highlights being a tagliettele with very nicely seasoned and full flavoured ragu, tortelloni with spinach and local ricotta and a selection of lovely antipasti. Breakfast as well was worth a mention - a huge array of meats/cheeses/cakes/yogurts/honey/jams/freshly made plum juice all fresh and local - absolutely lovely.

      Can't recommend enough!

      We also spent a morning at a local organic parmesan producer which comes recommended (organised by the agriturismo).

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      1. re: mjgauer

        Hi, based on the Chowhounders recommendations we spent 4 days at Podere Prasiano. It was the highlight of our 3 week trip in Italy. We ate there 3 out of 4 nights and couldn't have enjoyed it more. I even took a pasta class from Emanuela. I haven't quite gotten to her skill level but I'm trying. If you want the best E-R Slow Food experience, don't miss Podere Prasiano!