Lonely Planet Pathfinder, Hayley Lewis of A Pretty Planet, just lately packed up her wholesome urge for food and embarked upon a culinary journey by means of Emilia Romagna, our high European vacation spot to go to in 2018…
Italy has all the time been a favorite vacation spot of mine, and that is largely on account of its unimaginable delicacies. Emilia Romagna is usually thought-about the king of Italian gastronomy, so I got down to discover the area’s historic cities, lovely landscapes and naturally, all of its scrumptious meals!
Lovely cities and cities
The area is made up of 9 provinces and there’s no scarcity of charming cities, villages and cities to find. The most important of those observe the traditional Roman highway, By way of Emilia, from Piacenza by means of to Rimini. I beloved the leafy city of Reggio Emilia, thought-about to be the birthplace of the Italian tricolore flag, and of a scrumptious snack – Erbazzone. A savoury pastry crammed with chard, spinach, onions, cured lard, garlic, parsley, breadcrumbs and Parmigiano Reggiano, it was merely buonissimo!
Historical past and world heritage
Emilia Romagna has a wealthy and various historical past, and boasts the world’s oldest college in Bologna, in addition to numerous Unesco World Heritage websites. These embrace the gorgeous mosaics and monuments of Ravenna, Ferrara (metropolis of the Renaissance) and the gorgeous cathedral and Piazza Grande in Modena. Whereas in Modena, I sampled among the metropolis’s well-known aged balsamic vinegar DOP, which makes for a scrumptious accompaniment to cheese or strawberries.
Countryside and agriculture
Certainly one of Italy’s most important agricultural areas, Emilia Romagna has rolling countryside in abundance, framed by the Apennine Mountains within the south and the River Po within the north. This panorama additionally consists of loads of vineyards, plus olive and fruit bushes, that are greatest skilled by staying in an agriturismo, the place you’ll be able to pattern but extra of the area’s scrumptious produce.
Cheese and cured meats
A lot of Italy’s well-known meals exports come from Emilia Romagna, together with the mouth-watering Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. Whereas there are a lot of imitations, true Parmigiano Reggiano can solely be produced inside the provinces of Modena, Parma and Reggio Emilia (and elements of Bologna and Mantova). To realize DOP standing, cheese makers should follow conventional manufacturing strategies, strictly regulated by the Parmigiano Reggiano consortium! Equally well-known is Parma di Prosciutto (one other DOP product), delicate cured ham produced in and across the metropolis of Parma.
For those who like pasta, then that is the place for you. In addition to tagliatelle al ragù (a dish that’s usually mistaken for spaghetti bolognaise), scrumptious crammed pastas are made right here. Tortellini, tortelli, cappelletti and plenty of extra are full of cheese, greens, eggs and meat in quite a lot of mixtures. These might be served with a sauce or in a broth.
Luciano Pavarotti, probably the world’s most well-known tenor, was born in Modena, a metropolis with a wealthy musical heritage. There are lovely theatres and opera homes everywhere in the area, which was additionally the birthplace of celebrated composer Giuseppe Verdi.
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