10 gourmet stops in Emilia
Osteria Francescana (Via Stella 22, Modena). Run by chefMassimo Bottura, it has been named the world’s best restaurant. For the first time ever, an Italian eatery has claimed the top spot on the The World's 50 Best Restaurants list.
Franceschetta 58 (Strada Vignolese 58, Modena). Chef Bernardo Paladini offers creative cuisine. One of his must-tries is the so-called 'Un’amatriciana a Modena': an onion cooked in balsamic vinegar, with Pecorino cheese and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.
Mercato Albinelli (Via Albinelli 13). Modena’s old covered market, where traditional flavours have been meeting international ones for a century.
Antico Casale delle Vigne (Str. Monticello 22, Parma). 60 hectares of land planted with vineyards owned by the Monte delle Vigne winery. Here is where Bellocchio shot a scene from his film Fai bei sogni.
Ristorante Cesoia (Via Massarenti 90/2d, Bologna). Chef Pietro Montanari knows how to transform a pink cube of lard into a vegetarian marshmallow made of tomato and mozzarella cheese.
Marta in Cucina (Vicolo del Folletto 1, Reggio Emilia). Marta Scalabrini creates dishes served in both the traditional and innovative version.
Ristorante Le Giare (Via al Castello 368, Montenovo di Montiano). Chef Gianluca Gorini’s dishes features traditional local flavours with a creative twist.
I due Gatti (Strada Nino Bixio 76, Parma). Chef-pizza maker Massimo Gatti adds Borgataro porcini mushrooms and the precious black and white Fragno truffle to his pizzas.
‘O fiore mio (Viale Mura San Marco 4/6, Faenza). For chefs Davide Fiorentini and Matteo Tambini, the use of locally-sourced products is the rule, for both the pizza’s dough and toppings.
Ristorante Alexander (Via Bassa del Pignataro 8, Ravenna). Chef Mattia Borroni serves Italian cuisine, among posters of movie stars and Art Nouveau-style interiors, in this former movie theatre of the twenties.