Italy- Parma, Emilia-Romagna 04/2012

The pigs went to Parma as a stop on their Easter 2012 Italy/Belgium trip. Kevin’s beloved soccer team, Lazio, was playing there and we could not visit Italy without seeing them play. I could write an entire blog about our couple of days here, it was a gastronomical paradise.

Famously home to Parmigiano Reggiano (Parmesan), Prosciutto di Parma and Barilla pasta, the little piggies were not disappointed; the food was amazing, the city was beautiful and the people were friendly. Not only did we score some rich culinary treasures, we actually stayed in the same hotel as team Lazio, got to meet most of the players, got VIP tickets given to us, and even got a game jersey.


Where we stayed: Grand Hotel de la Ville.

This is Parma’s only 5 star hotel. It is not our tradition to stay in a five star hotel, but it was only a few more euros a night and in a better location, near the center sites and just blocks from the Ennio Tardini Stadium, which was very helpful since the game was played late Saturday night.  It was also nice to have access to the Barilla Center with a grocery store and restaurants.  My favorite part (besides a hug from Rocchi) was- Free Slippers!! The breakfast was tasty. The hotel was not perfect, but that is to be expected. I thought the relationship between the price and what you received was better than average. The staff was very attentive most of the time, there was a few times they were busy and we had too wait (at the bar). Because of the team also being there, the staff was quite occupied with their meals and handling all the fans outside. The sauna did not have a bucket of water and we were not sure if we could add water and the Turkish bath did not have instructions.

Where we ate: Osteria I Tre Porcellini

What a name, i Tre Porcellin=the Three Little Pigs, just for us! The food was yummy. We ordered Tagliere di salumi assortiti for an appetizer and it was AMAZING. I loved the assortment. We then just ordered primi, aka some pasta dishes. They were good, but nothing out of the ordinary in Italy. We enjoyed the local wine although I’m not sure if I would order it out of Parma. Our server was very friendly and helpful. She was very informative on everything we ordered and was able to guide us to great choices. My son loved the maltagliati caserecci al pomodoro e scamorza affumicata (handmade paste with tomato and smoked cheese). It is located in a beautiful neighborhood in the center.


Where we ate: Trattoria delTribunale

Although we really enjoyed I Tre Porcellini, we thought the food was a bit of a step up at Trattoria del Tribunale. I was a great location, through the winding roads of the center. We ordered the savory Flan di Parmigiano and the Torta Fritta. Sounding like they should be de-sserts, the flavors and richness of the flan were enough to silence the table of piggies. We split 3 entrees including Parmigiana di Melanzane, and two meat dishes. They were all yummy and high quality. The owner was at the exit and we had a nice talk with him. He offered an after dinner drink (amaro and grappa) to us and some candy for Adrian.

During our few days we also snacked on arancini, supplis, and goodies from the grocery store.

We all loved Parma. I still occasionally look at the prices of homes or rentals as well as jobs and schools.




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