The world beyond the Bolognese: the Parma food trail – Paul Lay

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A Great Italian Trip

For lovers of Italian food and touring Italy, there are countless pleasures to savour along the Italian food trail of the via Emilia, the ancient road that links the great food cities – Parma, Modena and Bologna – of the northern province of Emilia-Romagna.

Now that Ryanair has opened a route to Parma, it’s easier than ever to travel in Italy, explore Italy’s gastronomic heartland, eating in endless trattorias, visiting wineries, an abundance of colourful country markets and, with a car, meandering off the main road to visit some of the region’s hundreds of specialist food producers.

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PDO Culatello di Zibello

HISTORY

When it comes to tradition, we cannot fail to mention the art of making Culatello. It is said that back in 1332, during the wedding banquet of Andrea Conti Rossi and Giovanna dei Conti Sanvitale, Culatello samplings were carried out. It is also said that the some Culatello had been brought to the bride and the groom as a gift and that later on the Pallavicino’s offered some Culatello to Galeazzo Maria Sforza, Duke of Milan. The first explicit and official quotation about Culatello dates back to 1735 and it is found in a document kept in Parma. The first literary references date back to the nineteenth century, by the local poet Giuseppe Callegari and the sculptor Renato Brozzi, who would exchange views on Culatello with the famous poet Gabriele D’Annunzio.

CHARACTERISTICS
Culatello di Zibello is a type of cold meat made from the posterior muscles and inner thigh of the pig, properly cleaned on the surface and trimmed to obtain the classic pear shape. To put it in simple words, Culatello consists of muscle bundles from the thigh, which is the best part of the ham. Its curing must be carried out in well-ventilated areas at a temperature between 13° and 17° C for no longer than 10 months as of the salting phase. During this period ventilation, natural light exposure and moisture are allowed depending on the climatic factors in the production area.
PRODUCTION AREA
The area where the Culatello Zibello is produced includes the following municipalities in the province of Parma: Polesine, Busseto, Zibello, Soragna, Roccabianca, San Secondo, Sissa and Colorno.
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Best Things to See and Do in Parma, Italy: Castles, Museums, Wine Bars, and Stunning Countryside

Parma, Italy Isn’t Only Famous for Its Ham and Cheese, It’s Also Home to Beautiful Architecture and Centuries Old Churches and Palaces

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Before I visited Parma, Italy, the only thing I knew about it was the ham my family and I ate on sandwiches. Famous for its ham, cheese and incredible cuisine, Parma is also known for its centuries-old churches, palaces and theaters and its 3,500 year history. Tourists flock to Parma to eat some of Italy’s best food, listen to world-class opera and, of course, to see Parma F. C. football matches. When my family and I were there, we did all of that and so much more.
Visit the Baptistery of Parma – If you enjoy beautiful and unique architecture, a visit to Parma isn’t complete without seeing the Baptistery of Parma – still considered one of the most important Medieval buildings in Europe.The Baptistery of Parma is a pink marble, octagonal-shaped building over 800 years old. Famous for its architecture, as well as its incredible frescoes and mythical animal statues, the Baptistery is home to paintings and sculptures by famous Italian artist, Benedetto Antelami, who was instrumental in designing the building. There’s a small entrance fee but it’s well worth the price.
The National Gallery – For art lovers, or those who appreciate history, the National Gallery should not be missed. It’s located on the second floor of the Pilotta Palace and is full of artwork from the 13th to the 19th centuries. The Pilotta Palace is quite stunning too.

Bardi Castle – There are several Medieval castles to visit in Parma, but Bardi Castle is one of the best. Its gorgeous location on top of a hill, looking out over a fairytale valley makes you realize what these amazing buildings were actually used for – protection and security. At Bardi Castle, which is still in superb condition, you can tour the castle and learn about how people actually lived, see the rooms they ate in, danced in, worked in. There’s also a lovely garden and don’t miss the small museum.

Drink Wine at a Parma Wine Bar – Famous for its food and drink, you have to spend time at a Parma Wine Bar. Not only do you get to enjoy a superb local wine, but the farm-style food many of the bars offer is inexpensive yet very tasty. We spent several nights sitting at one or more wine bars, as they’re a superb place to people watch, soak up the atmosphere and see what life in an Italian town is all about. You’ll find the best wine bars around Via Farini and Via Gramsci.

Visit Parma’s Beautiful Countryside – Parma is known throughout Europe for its lovely countryside, so don’t miss venturing out into it when you’re there. We hired horses one day at a local stable and took a short pony trek through the area, stopping off for lunch at a local cafe, drinking wine and eating farm-made sandwiches. Unbelievable. You can also hike, cycle, mountain bike or just take a leisurely stroll. It’s all accessible within a few minutes of Parma city limits. Your hotel reception can tell you the best places to see.

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Bardi Castle – the site is in Italian, but the video shows just how beautiful Bardi Castle and the surrounding area is
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The load down – 3 Kings tour: The Parma Food and Wines

Your 3 Kings tour day starts with  

‘The King of Cheeses’

Our much revered Parmigiano Reggiano Tour



Your FWT day starts with an incredible visit to one of the most revered makers of the famous Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.  

Here we enter another world…

  • COOKING
  • SALTING
  • AGEING
  • TASTINGS

You will be amazed when you enter the cooking room to watch behind the scenes, the master and his family, cookingseparating the rich whey and lifting this magnificent DOP product.

As we begin to realise the huge amount of care and daily toil this product requires we visit the salting and sculpturing room. From there we enter the ageing room: the stagionatura.


Here among countless row of wheels is where the  richest aroma enlivens the senses we learn how the Consorzio  test and skillfully hammer each and every wheel before the ritual of fire branding.

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Of course the tour is not complete until we watch the masters lift the wheels and celebrate the birth of the King of cheese.



The best part of all! … we taste this wonder with a dash of honey, balsamico and if we can twist you arm, a refreshing glass of crisp Malvasia white wine. A truly special start to our fabulous Food n Walk tour day.

Tour starts 9am (duration 2 hrs)

Food preparation takes place 365 days per annum. Non-slip footwear is advised – thong flip-flops are not suitable as some floor areas are wet.

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2.  The Prosciutto di Parma tour

…Langhirano Parma Ham 100% natural, it’s in the air!

  • SCENIC DRIVE
  • SALTING
  • CURING
  • AGEING
  • BRANDING ROOMS
  • RESERVE ROOM

Our second destination is equally awe inspiring as the first… the stunning drive and vinyard ascent is a photographers dream!

We have found a real treasure, a remarkable curing workshop of Prosciutto di Parma. Located high above the Langhirano valley  in the heart of the Parma Ham DOP production area, .


Our Parma Ham factory

It’s all in the AIR

It is the along these Apennine foothills that conspire to create the unique conditions necessary to cure only genuine Parma Ham.

They say just salt, air and time is needed…

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But there is something else perhaps most fascinating of all that characterises this great legendary product:

the abiding union between Parmigiano Reggiano and Prosciutto di Parma.

We will see where the fresh haunches are selected an salted, visit the cooling, salting and “resting” rooms, each emulating the traditional annual curing seasons.

Best of all we will take you to the extraordinary cellar branding areas where the “Naso” or master nose deciphers the perfume of only the perfect product.

This is where we have truly the advantage over the rest because these vault house graded products aged in wood.

 

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Please Note: most days the Prosciutto workshop  is a buzz with activity – On weekends this may not be the case.  We have access to the factory and will see all the processes for the gourmet Parma Ham.
 

Lunch is served!  Your afternoon delight!

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… on the Parma hillside

  • SCENIC VIEWS
  • TASTINGS
  • WINE TASTINGS
  • CASTLE GROUNDS
  • COFFEE 

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Above: OMGG!!!  Tortelli D’erbetta – finished in butter and Parmigiano Reggiano


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Our lunch destination is above the Parma Ham Valley – simply the best lunch in Italy

 


 PARMA TRADIZIONALE Lunch Menu

‘Salumi Misti’ freshly sliced DOP cold cut products:
 
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Prosciutto di Parma
Culatello, Coppa
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 GOURMET Menu
…and for the full gourmet lunch the addition of:  
 
Tortelli filled with delicious spinach and ricotta, finished of course with freshly grated parmesan in clarified butter.
 
All this sipping IWC award winning wines overlooking wonderful vistas and the food valley area from the vinyeards of Langhirano.
 

FWT's fab Parma Lunch spread

 
And for a special treat – a world number one DOC traditional dry Lambrusco with full nectar nose, rich berry flavours and fresh clean finish.  Other wines include Malvasia, all grown in theimmediate  surrounding hills.
 
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Our lunch finishes  at .2.30pm with light sweet biscotti or torta, with coffee or Grappa.  
 

 
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3.  The amazing Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale RE 

Our final destination Balsamico settles your day in the most perfect way.


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The Balsamico producer

 … visit the Aceto batteria, the Vineyards and the hillside vistas… the incredible flavors finish our paradise 3 Kings tour.

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  • SCENIC DRIVE
  • PHOTO SHOOT
  • IN THE LOFTS
  • TASTINGS
  • WINE TASTINGS (OPTIONAL EXTRA)

(Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Reggio Emilia)

We are proud of our Balsamic tour because it is a rare location: special and utterly unique.

 

The consorzio for this original DOP Balsamico product dates back to the 11th century.

         

Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale it is produced solely from the finest grapes and never from soured wine vinegar like its Modenese industrial counterpart.


The sweetest white Trebbiano grapes are used to make this nectar, naturally grown and hand harvested – only the finest are selected by taste from the vineyard.

You will visit the Balsamic Must maturing rooms and the batteria lofts and taste 15 year old, 22 and 28 year old Balsamico from the antique barrels.

This sweet elixir helps you savour and digest a truly great day you will remember  for years to come.



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Villino di Porporano – the affordable Luxury Cool B&B country house, Parma

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Villino di Porporano – the affordable Luxury B&B country house, Parma

When I first arrived at Villino to collect my clients for our Parma food tour, I was amazed how near it was to town … 8 minutes by car and here I was surrounded by countryside and the aroma of fresh coffee.

Elena arrived at the elegant gates of this wonderful country home.. greeted not only by her immediacy but by two pooches who immediately gave my shins a delightful massage!

”Come in Nick … want a coffee?”

Truth be known I’d just grabbed one but seeing the beautifully poured cappuccini on the cotton clad 17th century walnut table in the dining room I opted for another without a moment’s hesitation… that’s two in the space of half an hour!  God help my tourists!

Then followed the most delicious home baked brioche I had ever tasted and I felt completely at home…

”Where are you from Elena?”

”Near Abbruzzo in the centre but my husband is from Parma… I have just finished renovations here…”

”It looks fantastic… I love the style mix…”

Elena responded with a modesty so typical of Italians who really have a wealth of talent… yet decline such flattery.

The place is gorgeous and opens out in many directions into the garden, patios and into the beautiful dining area with rooms a generous extension of this masterclass of comfort casa interior design.

Coming from an interiors background I was and still am impressed.

 

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Villino is the perfect retreat from the charming but zestful Parma whirl and makes a perfect romance or relaxation location with now a new pool – a big tick now for all the boxes.

But what really makes this place special is Elena and her family and in a city where to be honest genuine accommodation is not surprisingly a plenty the Villino is one of a hand full of places we regularly recommend to our clients.

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That aside the food and trimmings are a dream – just look at their Tripadviosr reviews!

Welcome to Parma… it’s a given.

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5 of 5 starsReviewed 26 August 2012 NEW

My husband and I had a wonderful experience staying at this B&B. I think what I liked best was the beautiful grounds, Elena and her family, Paula, her assistant, the pool and the fantastic breakfast. Elena makes you feel like family. I was very sad to leave because she made our stay so nice. I loved the location, just outside…More 

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4 of 5 starsReviewed 17 August 2012

This B&B exudes sophistication and effortless charm. The fabric of the building and the rooms is very good, soft brick and linen. Airy public spaces comprise the large salon and loggia for breakfast. This meal was beautiful – with Parma ham (!) and feather light home made cakes, copious fresh orange juice, etc. Also, enjoy the fresh pool! The town…More 

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5 of 5 starsReviewed 29 July 2012

This B&B is in a separate villa building next to the owner’s home. The inside of the building has been completely renovated and the rooms fully decorated. The bathroom is modern and fully equipped. It is all beautiful. Elena the owner is a gracious hostess and a wonderful baker. Her homemade pastry for the breakfast is excellent. Sitting on the…More 

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5 of 5 starsReviewed 26 July 2012

I cannot talk highly enough about our stay. My family stayed for 6 magical nights during our recent trip to Europe and I am so glad we decided to stop in Parma and in particular with Elena and Guiseppe at Villino di Porporana. The rooms were of outstanding quality and we loved the way the beautifual building was restored. Paula…

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