Wednesday - January 21, 2015 Filed in: Food | Day Trips
There are places in Italy where you also
visit for the food. Puglia
has its wonderful Baroque and beaches, and also the food. Sicily
has its unique history and culture, and also the food. Tuscany
is all wine and landscapes...and also the food.
Emilia Romagna, specifically the area surrounding Parma, is pretty much only the food. Yes, there are a few interesting cities to visit
, and, as in all of Italy, there are important historical sites and museums
. But let’s face it: the main reason for stopping in Parma and environs is to eat, so much so that this area is known in Italy as “Food Valley”.
(Photo by Concierge in Umbria via Flickr)
Parma’s most famous products are prosciutto di Parma
and Parmigiano Reggiano
, its dried and aged ham and iconic cheese. The nearby city of Modena is home to Italy’s most prestigious balsamic vinegar (check back Friday for more details!), and, if you are still hungry, you can head to Bologna for egg pasta, in particular tortellini. The best way to fit in tastings for all the best of these local products in one day is on a food tour, where you visit producers and see the process up close, and then taste directly from the source. Read More...
Wednesday - January 22, 2014 Filed in: Food | In Season
Of Italy’s iconic foods—pasta, olive oil, truffles, and wine come to mind—perhaps the most humble yet noblest among them are gli affettati
, the vast array of cured pork charcuterie that unite everyone from gruff workman, pausing mid-morning to revive themselves with towering pane e prosciutto sandwiches, to chic urbanites, relaxing over an evening aperitivo
accompanied by the same prosciutto elegantly wound around thin grissin
i breadsticks. Read More...
Wednesday - November 20, 2013 Filed in: Travel Tips | Food | Wine
You’ve traveled through Italy, enjoying the art and culture, trying out your newly-acquired Italian phrases on the locals, slowing down over a cappuccino or drinks
in the piazza, and—most memorably—savoring some of the best meals of your life. It may be hard to recapture the Italian vibe at home, but you can try to recreate some of the Bel Paese’s
iconic dishes. The easiest way, of course, would be to bring a sample of Italy’s excellent quality food back to the US with you, but it’s a good idea to be aware of which foods can and can’t be imported to avoid confiscation or hefty fines at the border. Read More...