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Guide to the Delicacies of Parma, Italy

Jessica Schwartzberg/staff Parma, Italy

Photo: Jessica Schwartzberg/staff

The people of Parma have such a high opinion of their city they think of themselves as Parmesans first and Italians second. This can be traced in fair amount to the native cucina, which they consider to be the best in the region (Parma is one of the eight provincial capitals of Emilia-Romagna)—ergo the best in Italy, ergo the world. Here, 10 places where Parma’s trilogy—Parmesan, prosciutto, and pasta—reigns supreme. Read the article

Destinations: Parma

Inspired by: Parma Perfection: Parmesan, Prosciutto, and Pasta — by Christopher Petkanas, Published Feb. 2008

Hotels (1)

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    Palazzo dalla Rosa Prati

    Vittorio Dalla Rosa Prati welcomes guests to his 14th-century hotel, a period-furnished seven-room guesthouse that overlooks the city's 900-year-ol

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Restaurants (9)

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    Trattoria Antichi Sapori

    Set in the countryside just outside the city, Sapori is more ambitious, refined, and serious (but not too serious) than most trattorias in the Parm

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    Sorelle Picchi

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    Forget the pastas at this salumeria-trattoria (you have to pass through the shop to reach the dining room) and build a

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    Ristorante Cocchi

    Parma’s best restaurant is inserted in a hotel so plain and weirdly located (on the far side of the ring road that wraps the city) you can’t believ

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    Pasticceria Torino

    You could eat breakfast at this historic, aristocratic landmark every day for three months and never have the same pastry twice. Like all Italians,

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    Parizzi

    No matter how allergic you are to joyless, pompous restaurants, any eating survey of Parma would have to include this one, especially if someone el

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    Osteria Del Gesso

    A platter of sbrisolona sits on a counter inside the front door, a good start. The menu gives the age and maker of the prosciutto (28 months, Lepor

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    La Greppia

    If no one had told you this is one of the three or four finest places to eat in Parma, you might guess it anyway before even lifting a fork. In fro

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    Enoteca Fontana

    Parmesans take the pulse of their own city at this hectic institution, where the cheap nibbles are strangely better than the panini you pay a lot m

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    Croce di Malta

    Say you knew some stylish, young, design-conscious Parmesans. And say they’d just redone an old farmhouse outside the city. Their eat-in kitchen mi

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Activities (4)

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    National Gallery, Parma

    Don't miss the museum's collection of prized Baroque paintings.

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    Teatro Regio

    One of Italy's legendary opera houses; its season runs from January to mid-April.

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    Casa del Formaggio

    Parma has an embarrassment of remarkable shops selling salumi, Parmesan, and prepared foods. You’ll never see a tourist in this one.

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    Camera di San Paolo

    Two exquisitely frescoed rooms by Renaissance master and Emilia-Romagna native Antonio da Correggio.

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  • An Eating and Shopping Escape to Parma, Italy

    Parma

    Famed for its gastronomy, with local specialties like its namesake Parmesan cheese and prosciutto, Parma and nearby Fidenza also appeal to bargain-hungry fashionistas. At Fidenza Village Outlet Sho

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