This section of WebFoodCulture is about the most typical and traditional food & wine specialties from the Italian Region of Emilia-Romagna. The following articles include their fascinating origins, useful information and interesting facts. They also provide indications on the historic restaurants and producers of these delicacies, giving the opportunity to taste their authentic flavor.
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The most typical and traditional food and wine specialties. Their origins, info and interesting facts. The historic restaurants and producers.
Culatello di Zibello is a typical product from the Lower Parma area (‘Bassa Parmense’), in the Italian region of Emilia Romagna, considered of such value to deserve the nickname ‘King of hams’. Never as in this case, the connection between a specialty and its territory of origin is not only very strong, but essential. (continue)
‘Zampone’ is, without doubt, one of the most representative specialties of the Modenese gastronomy, heir to an ancient tradition contributing to increase its charm. The assignment of the Protected Geographical Indication (PGI), which took place in 1999, did nothing more than to officialize its qualities. (continue)
‘Cotechino’ is a type of Italian sausage, heir to a millennial tradition that some scholars trace back to the ancient Egyptians. Prepared with pork meat and rind, it comes in different variations, related to different production areas. The most famous is undoubtedly that of Modena, so as to have earned the PGI mark, which certifies and protects its characteristics. (continue)
Lambrusco is undoubtedly one of the best-known and most appreciated Italian wines in the world. Its origins date back to a distant past and are closely related to the evolution of the vines that grow in the area between the regions of Emilia-Romagna and Lombardy. In all these years, this wine has absorbed and incorporated not only the riches of the soil but also the culture and spirit of the people who have always lived in these places. (continue)
To speak about Prosciutto of Parma is like taking a dive into history. Let’s find out the origins of this ham, its places, how it’s produced and many interesting facts. Let’s meet the ‘Consorzio’ of the historical producers of one of the most famous Italian specialties in the world. (continue)
Mortadella is a cold cut closely related to the Italian city of Bologna, with which, in a way, shares a soul at the same time learned and easygoing. Let’s find out the fascinating history of this specialty, how it’s made and many interesting facts. (continue)
It’s not possible to really understand the true value of a specialty like Parmigiano Reggiano, one of the most famous and appreciated cheeses in the world, without knowing its history, more than 900 years long, its places, located in one of the most historic Italian regions, its unique ingredients and, not least, its method of preparation. (continue)
Unleavened flatbread is a type of food whose origins belong to a distant past. Over time, it has evolved in many forms: ‘Piadina Romagnola’ is one of them. Not surprisingly, its name is closely linked to one of the Italian regions that are most interesting from a culinary point of view, Romagna. (continue)
Balsamic vinegar is one of the Italian gastronomic specialties most appreciated by gourmets all over the world. Part of its value is related to the fascinating events characterizing its past, when it was considered an elixir worthy of a king. Part derives from the quality of its grapes, the fruit of a specific territory, located between the ancient cities of Modena and Reggio Emilia. (continue)
Traditional food and wine from Emilia-Romagna: the historic producers.
To write the articles about the typical specialties from the Emilia-Romagna region, WebFoodCulture relies on the collaboration of the most traditional producers of these delicacies, including Consortia, restaurants, and food companies. Quite often, these producers boast centuries-old history.
Emilia-Romagna is located in the north-eastern part of the Italian peninsula. Officially established in 1970, it’s composed of two historical regions: Emilia and Romagna. Its administrative center is the city of Bologna. The provincial capitals are Ferrara, Forlì, Modena, Parma, Piacenza, Ravenna, Reggio Emilia and Rimini.
“IF YOU WANT HAPPINESS, EAT FOOD FROM MODENA. ZAMPONE GIVES JOY TO A SAD SOUL”
(Émile Zola about Zampone)
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The look and the scent of Mortadella Bologna PGI.
Mortadella Bologna PGI is a sausage (cold cut), made exclusively from pork’s meat. Its shape can be cylindrical or oval. The internal surface is bright pink, characterized by many white ‘dots’ (‘quadrettature’), consisting of adipose tissue (the ‘lardelli’), which gives the specialty its typical sweetness. The scent is intense, aromatic, slightly spicy. (continue)
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The aphrodisiac properties of Parmigiano.
Although there is no scientific evidence for this, Parmigiano Reggiano is often considered a type of food with aphrodisiac properties. A possible explanation for this probably lies in the presence in this cheese of a particular type of amino acid indirectly linked to sexual desire. In addition, it contains a large number of nutrients that can actually increase physical performance. No coincidence that this specialty is often part of athletes’ diet. (continue)
The ‘Azdora’ and her ‘Sciadur’.
Even before Piadina became the successful specialty we know so well today, it was the ‘Azdore’, the housewives from Romagna, who stretched its dough into thin sheets. To complete this task, they used their trusty rolling pin, also known as ‘sciadur’. (continue)
The grapes for ‘Balsamico’.
The Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PDO and that of Reggio Emilia are produced with must from the grapes of the most famous local vines: Trebbiano and Lambrusco above all. To produce Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PGI, grapes from only seven vines are used, that is, in addition to Lambrusco and Trebbiano, Sangiovese, Ancellotta, Fortana, Montuni and Albana.
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