My Day in Modena- The City of the World’s Best Restaurant, Osteria Francescana.

 

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When I was in Italy this summer for “Project Healthy in Italy” ( read about it here) I was lucky to meet many fantastic people along my journey. One of them was Stefania Fregni who I was  introduced to by Valeria Moschet the woman behind the beautiful blog www.mylovelybologna.com.

I also hope you will take the time to read about when Valeria took me to cooking school in Bologna here!

 

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Stefania was my local guide and showed me the best that Modena had to offer!

Stefania is a born and raised Modenesian and is the woman behind the beautiful blog www.mymodenadiary.com

Modena is a beautiful little city just aboout 20-30 minutes by train from Bologna Central Station and is a quiet and quaint place in the Emilia-Romagna region in Italy. The world famous chef, Massimo Bottura and his restaurant Osteria Francescana, which was recently awared the tittel of the best in the world, has put this city on the map. Even if you can’ t eat at the famous restaurant, Modena is still well worth a visit on its own. (Read about when I met Massimo Bottura here)

 

Modena is known for its various magnificent buildings and majestic monuments. The most famous is its marvelous cathedral, or duomo, which was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1997 along with the city’s Torre Civica and Piazza Grande.

 

Have you seen the Netflix Chef’s Table episode where Massimo Bottura is introduced to the world? The fotage where he goes shopping at the local market is called Mercato Albinelli, which you can see in the first photo. Here Stefania introduced me to local dishes and produce, and of course the most famous Modena balsamico! Read about balsamic vinegar here.

 

Modena is small enough to plan a day trip to if you are travelling in the region, or staying in other nearby cities. I would really recommend contacting Stefania for a local tour because you are introduced to places that you will not find on your own.

The highlight was when she took me to a local family owned restaurant for lunch. The owners’ mother (who must have been over 70 or more) was sitting in the entrance area hand rolling pasta! Amazing:)

Authentic, family owned restaurant with local pasta dishes, Lambrusco (local sparkling red wine), balsamic vinegar and other local specialties. The highlight of my day!

 

For more tips or to get in touch with Stefania visit www.mymodenadiary.com What is your favorite place to travel to?


Al Meni Food Festival with Massimo Bottura- Rimini, Italy

“Food made with both our hearts and hands” is the slogan for the food festival promoting Italian cooking and produce from the Emilia- Romagna region in Italy.

I was lucky to have recieved an invite and in todays blog post I will share my weekend with you! And yes I got to meet the boss himself, Mr. Bottura…

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Part of the opening act outside the main tent.

Al Meni means “on the menu” and this weekend there were so many amazing dishes (and wines) on the menu created by some of the best chefs in the industry, both Italian and International.

The two day festival in June takes place in the beautiful oceanside area by the five star hotel Grand Hotel Rimini, and consists of stalls, stands, food trucks and the main circus tent where all the cooking shows take place.

You can learn more about Italian produce through daily courses on site, and taste and drink your way through the great food region which is Emilia-Romagna all while enjoying the sunny seaside.  You can also buy clothing, jewlery and other exciting Italian made things.

Tips! If you scroll all the way down to the end of the post you can see my video from the festival including the after party with Massimo!

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From the opening show

Massimo Bottura is the vice president of the Chef to Chef organization and is one of the main people behind the food festival where as mentioned, food, produce and wine from the Emilia- Romagna district takes center stage. It was an extra special event since the world famous chefs restaurant, Osteria Francescana was recently awarded the title of the worlds best restaurant.

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One thing that has been a common factor with everyone I have met here in Italy these past two weeks is the word “passion”. Every single person I have spoken to has been very passionate about their work, food, wine and what they produce. The Al Meni festival is the perfect venue to showcase this.

It all comes together under the summer sky by the ocean in Rimini where you can enjoy the best food and wine with your family and friends. The Italians are very social people and this is one of the main reasons as to why Italians live longer and are considered healthier than the rest of the world and Europe.

I also had the honor of meeting great wine producers from the area and discovered some amazing, especially sparkling wines, that you can not get outside of Italy, or at least only in select countries. And of course some of the worlds best chefs! Here are some pictures…

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Day turned into night and after the festival was closed the party continued down by the beach until the early hours of the morning celebrating life, love, friendship, and all that is wonderful about Italy and the food and wine that unites us…

View the video for more!

Visit the website for the festival here