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No Reservations: Emilia-Romagna

While I am not a fan of Anthony Bourdain, I am a huge fan of the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. I was a bit leery at first of watching this episode but I have to admit Bourdain, chef Michael White and crew did a fantastic job of showcasing the food of the region. If you were watching in HD, some of the pasta dishes just about jumped off the screen. Having eaten quite a few meals in this region, I could practically smell and taste the food right along with Bourdain and White. Aside from their trip to Ristorante San Domenico (where the preparation and presentation is of the very fussy "old school" type) I thought the show did a wonderful job of conveying the freshness and simplicity of the food of Emilia-Romagna.

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  1. This was one of the best shows. I saved it on DVR to watch it again and drool!! I made a lasgana the night the show was on, because I knew I will be hungry for pasta after watching this show. This region is on the top of my list of places to visit .

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    1. re: mrsjoujou

      yes! I had to nibble on some cheese after watching them eat the Parmigiano with the Balsamic dots. holy holy! (someone correct me if I am wrong on that cheese type)...

    2. I loved the show too, we were also drooling and I saved it as well to be able to watch it again.

      1. Watched it TWICE. In love. I was not familiar with that area of Italy, and I learned soo much.
        Duck press!!

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        1. re: stellamystar

          "I was not familiar with that area of Italy, and I learned soo much."

          Not only is the food exemplary, so are the people (as was mentioned in the show). I have traveled to many regions in Italy (but certainly not all) and I find the Emilia-Romagna to be the most welcoming and unaffected.

          1. re: ttoommyy

            E-R (Bologna specifically, though I love the surrounding towns and mountains) is my home away from home, I can't wait to watch this episode.

            1. re: fame da lupo

              "E-R (Bologna specifically, though I love the surrounding towns and mountains) is my home away from home"

              Same here fame da lupo. My partner and I often fantasize about moving to Bologna when we retire.

              1. re: ttoommyy

                Just watched it, shame they didn't feature Bologna's incredible gelaterie. I think it has the highest concentration of quality gelato in the country with La Sorbetteria, Gianni, Stefino etc.

          2. re: stellamystar

            A duck press plays a key role in the old mystery book "Someone is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe"...

            I too loved this episode - one of the best.

          3. Yes, this was one of the best episodes, the food looked amazing. The Burgundy episode last night was also a good one.