Hotel La Posta
(4-star hotel in the small city of Reggio Emilia)
Palazzo Trevi in Bologna
In this town, with a smallish city center, you will have time to search out markets—there’s even a butcher just for horse meat!—and go to the weekly market where there’s some beautiful food and some pretty junky wares too. We’ll visit local restaurants that I’ve enjoyed in the past to partake of very well cooked, fresh food and taste indigenous salamis and cheeses. If you’re craving pastry, we can always take a detour to Boni. Directly in the main square is the City Hall, where the tri-color Italian flag was made and first exhibited. Reggio is where Parmigiana cheese originated; it wasn’t Parma, so we will visit a local cheese producer very early one morning right after the milk has been brought in from the cows. You’ll find Reggio an authentic Italian town, not full of tourists, but quite sophisticated in its own right.
We will stay in the Italian capital of food for 3 nights but mainly to attend what else but a food workshop. We will have 16 hours of lessons in Italian cuisine, which will include a market visit, food preparation demonstration, hands-on cooking and learning, dining, and wine tasting. I think it will be really fun! At the end of the day, we can go back to the hotel and collapse…