Three Foodie Finds in Parma, Italy

Three Foodie Finds in Parma, ItalyLocated in Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region, the city of Parma has been around since antiquity. Home to the renowned University of Parma, it is, however, most famous for a certain kind of cheese…that’s right, Parmesan. Parmesan cheese isn’t the only thing foodies will find appealing about this northern Italian culinary city. Here are three things all foodies should try while they’re in Parma.

Parmigiano Reggiano
Parmigiano reggiano, the official cheese of Parma, is typically aged between 24-36 months to acquire the distinctive taste enjoyed by cheese lovers around the globe. One of the interesting things about Parmigiano reggiano is that it tastes different depending on the season: for example, winter Parmesans take on a stronger, earthier flavor, while Parmesan made in the spring is milder.

Prosciutto di Parma
The pigs of Parma drink the good whey that is drained from the curds during the production of Parmesan cheese (which makes them extra tasty!). Parmesan prosciutto is made from the pig's hind leg or thigh. Depending on the size of the ham, it can take between nine months and two years to salt and cure prosciutto—but it’s well worth the wait. I think prosciutto de Parma is best served thinly sliced and wrapped around a ripe melon slice.

Pasta di Parma
Handmade pasta (specifically tortellini, cappelletti and anolini) is another one of Parma’s culinary specialties. It’s impossible to leave Parma without enjoying a meal of fresh, handmade pasta. For a double Parmesan delight, try a pasta dish made with Parmesan ham with a bit of Parmigiano reggiano grated on top--- you won’t regret it.

Of course, all of these foodie finds are best enjoyed with a glass of vino Italiano from the Emilia-Romagna region (“when in Parma…”). This area boasts wines for every palate---popular choices include Lambrusco (a light, sparkling red), Sangiovese (a robust red), Trebbiano (a fruity white) or Pagadebit di Romanga (a dry white).

Buon appetito!

 

Don't forget to follow us on Twitter!

Post your Comments












Book with OneTravel

  • Flights
  • Hotels
  • Cars
From:
To:
Click here for calendar
Time:
Click here for calendar
Time:
Adults:
Seniors: (65+)
Children:(2-11)
Infants on lap:
Infants on seat:
Class:
Save on Bookings with 3+ pax
or hotel stays of 3+ nights
this month withSM25

RecentPosts

  • In My Bag: Ann’s Timeless TreasureComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0


  • By:Jen Westmoreland Bouchard, last post 22 Aug 2014
  • In this blog post series, I interview world travelers about objects that came home in their bags and what those objects mean to them. This week’s post features Ann Lonstein, a woman of the world and travel writer. You can read more of Ann’s work at everyjourneytraveled.wordpress.com or in her recent chapbook entitled Everything is a Journey....read more

  • Oops! How To Say You’re Sorry in 12 LanguagesComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0


  • By:Suzy Guese, last post 22 Aug 2014
  • Being a traveler can have its downfalls, like when you offend someone in another language and have no idea how to apologize. To avoid offending those as you travel or to make up for a mistake, here’s how to properly say, “I’m sorry” in 12 different languages. Manners can go a long way in any language....read more

  • New Distillery Tours in LouisianaComments: 1Rating: 0 / 0

    1
  • By:Chris Osburn, last post 21 Aug 2014
  • Thirsty for a taste of something local in Louisiana? Two new distilleries in south Louisiana have recently started to offer tours of their facilities along with onsite tastings of their products made with Louisiana ingredients, and a third distillery is under construction with the promise of plenty more tours and tastings to come. Here's a look at this newbie trio of Lousiana distilleries bringing traditional spirit production back to the Deep South....read more

  • 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Italy You’re MissingComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0


  • By:Suzy Guese, last post 20 Aug 2014
  • There are plenty of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Italy that are less visited. If you want to have a few of these wonders to yourself or even just to share with a handful of people, be sure to head to these four sites with UNESCO’s stamp of approval that aren’t as famous as the rest....read more

  • The 4 Apps I Use Most for Getting around LondonComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0


  • By:Chris Osburn, last post 19 Aug 2014
  • When visiting a new city, do you ever wonder what apps the locals use to get around? Here's a look at four apps that I use most often when moving around London. All are available to download for free....read more