Gastronomy in Parma and Bologna
Parma and Bologna
About the location: Emilia Romagna is known as the “food basket of Italy” and considered by many to be the gastronomic capital of Italy. Parma, of course, is home to Parmigiano Reggiano cheese as well as the fine Parma prosciutto ham. Bologna is a vibrant city, home to Europe’s oldest university. The products of this fertile land have been praised through the centuries, and you have the opportunity to hone your culinary techniques in two of the most charming cities of this region.
Your stay in Parma will be at the beautiful 4-star Hotel Palace Maria Luigia, situated in the heart of Parma, while in Bologna you will stay in a centrally located 4-star hotel, such as the Art Hotel Commercianti, featuring all the desired amenities.
About the cookery course: Your cooking class will be taught by the famed “King of Ham” Chef Massimo Spigaroli, one of the world’s experts on Italian cured meats, or one of his trusted collaborators. Chef Massimo is an artisan who makes some of Italy’s best salumi, including his legendary culatelli — a slowly cured boneless ham unlike any other you’ve ever tasted — as well as parmigiano-reggiano cheese. With more than 40 years of experience, Chef Massimo can impart a unique and in-depth take on the area’s food traditions. He runs a 2011 Michelin-rated restaurant, as well as the biodynamic farming practices of the farm where your class will be held.
Although Chef Massimo does not speak English, a translator will be available. During the class you will learn to make a variety of Italian pastas for which the region is well known: ravioli, agnolini, tagliolini, tagliatelle, stringoni, and pasta rasa, to name a few.