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Oct 20, 2013 05:48 PM

Modena-Parma Area Food Wine tips

A week in a small town between above great food towns for business.
Old balsamic vinegar tasting and restaurants food shops in Regina Emilia or other small towns.

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  1. It is "Reggio Emilia"

    I recommend investing in a copy of Fred Plotkin's Italy for the Gourmet Traveler.

    1. Do not miss lunch at Hosteria Giusti in Modena. Reservation required.

      1. If you are in or around Reggio nel'Emilia, its not small with a sizeable historic center, duomo and adjoining squares with weekly markets (as well as some Roman bits in a nearby park. Prosperous, Im sure you can find good meals there and be able to do whatever food shopping for local specialties you would want in that area.. Trattoria della Ghiara a slowfood place is one possibility (we hit town at midday closing on this place's closing day) so cant attest but its certainly not the only game in town..

        There are restaurants out in the country nearby that might be in reach for you

        In Rubiera, just down the road is Arnaldo Clinica Gastronomica, which made us very happy with their regional specialties, there is also a more recent Osteria Viandante, a little more expensive in that same town which we did not visit.

        Here is a link to one of the local aceto balsamico tradizionale consortiums - the products are widely available in all kinds of shops in the region.

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        1. re: jen kalb

          in case you do not find Plotkin's book in time, he recommends several bakeries, salumerias etc on Via Emilia San Pietro in and around the Piazza San Prospero. He recommends a layered bread with greens called erbazzone at one shop (Melli)

        2. Anthony Bourdain did a good show visiting Emilia-Romagna not too long ago.