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The aperitif in Parma – Italian Cuisine – Italian Cuisine

The aperitif in Parma - Italian Cuisine

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Where to sleep in Parma and surroundings – Italian Cuisine

The practical guide where to sleep in Parma and surroundings. Breakfast in front of the cathedral, awakening in a bamboo forest or in an abbey
Renaissance? The choice is yours … here are our proposals!

Going around Emilia Romagna is best when you know where to stop and sleep. Our guide to hotels in Parma and its surroundings, to pamper yourself and take a relaxing break!

Grand Hotel de la Ville

A modern five-star business hotel, therefore very comfortable, with large common areas and a fitness room with TechnoGym equipment. Il Parmigianino is the gastronomic restaurant that interprets tradition and territory in a contemporary way. grandhoteldelaville.com


A four-star hotel with one hundred and eighteen design rooms, very close to the Parma Centro motorway exit and two kilometers from the historic center. It has a bistro and a mini spa, but it is also opposite the Inkiostro, one of the most creative restaurants in Parma, with a Michelin star. link124hotel.com

Novotel Parma Center

Close to the train station, a four-star hotel with quiet, well-kept and comfortable rooms. It also has a shuttle service. all.accor.com

Alamiré Suites & Studio

In the medieval heart of the city, simple studios and one-bedroom apartments complete with all comforts, including a kitchenette. With fast wi-fi they are an excellent solution for those who have to work while traveling. alamireparma.it

Parizzi Suites Studio

A hotel with spaces furnished and designed to feel at home during the trip. In the seventeenth-century building, the junior suites are spacious and contemporary, with designer pieces. On the street level, there is the starred restaurant of the same name. parizzisuite.com

At the Golden Baptistery

In a residence in the historic center, a stone's throw from the cathedral, two bedrooms and a retro-style apartment. A shared lounge with fireplace and period furniture. albattisterodoro.it


Duomo terrace

The three rooms are in the house of the doctor of opera singers, who was a great music addict and collector of historical recordings (to listen to). Memorable sweet and savory breakfast with cakes with a secret recipe and a view of the apse of the cathedral. The owner Carlotta Campari Fanti welcomes guests. terrazzoduomoparma.com

Palazzo Dalla Rosa Prati

One of the historic buildings in the center is now a residence with rooms of different styles, from romantic to very modern. The comfort? Get off and you are in Piazza Duomo, near the Pilotta Complex and other places to visit. palazzodallarosaprati.it

Casa Angiol d'Or

On the first floor of a small building in the historic center, two apartments – the balcony and the loggias – carefully furnished with some period furniture. You immediately feel at home. casangioldor.it

Opera 11

Three b & bs in a strategic position: Opera Parma, with three rooms in front of the Regio Theater; Opera 11, in the nightlife area; the Opera Apartment (with kitchen), in the pedestrian area. opera11.it

Where to sleep in the province

Grand Hotel Salsomaggiore, Salsomaggiore Terme

Wellness destination: a hotel with contemporary rooms and a thermal spa with indoor swimming pool, whirlpool on the terrace, Kneipp path and salt room. grandhotelsalsomaggiore.com


La Locanda del Borgo, Torrechiara di Langhirano

A few steps from the fifteenth-century castle and within the walls of the village, the b & b includes simple and modern rooms in perfectly restored environments. Also supplied with pedal assisted bikes. lalocandaditorrechiara.it

Ancient village of Tabiano Castello, Salsomaggiore Terme

At more than 300 meters above sea level, between expanses of hills, a widespread hotel: rooms, suites and apartments are scattered throughout the historic buildings of the fortified complex of Tabiano, where two wellness centers have also been built, one in a natural cave, the more in a house in the woods, to be booked also exclusively. tabianocastello.com

The Court of the Angels

Remember the farmhouse where many scenes from the film took place Twentieth century by Bernardo Bertolucci? Today it is a farmhouse with seven well-furnished rooms named after the protagonists of the blockbuster. Part of the surrounding land has been re-naturalized, creating wetlands for migratory birds to rest and areas of scrub-clearing for the repopulation of game. cortedegliangeli.eu

Il Cielo di Strela farmhouse, Compiano

Three guest rooms in a farm on the hills of Val di Taro. The approach is decidedly organic, from cultivation methods to architectural structures. They organize gourmand picnics, yoga retreats, lessons on the use of wild Apennine herbs. ilcielodistrela.it

The Ca 'Torta, Neviano degli Arduini

An ancient farmhouse that has been scrupulously restored. It has a kitchen, a living area and three bedrooms with wooden ceilings, original stone walls and furnishings between ancient and modern. It is close to the natural wildlife oasis of Monte Fuso, a destination for excursions, horseback riding, archery. lacatorta.co

B&B Commanderia del Gusto, Fidenza

A rural structure immersed in the Parma hills with three quiet bedrooms and a living room with a fireplace. The location is strategic: it is on the Via Francigena, in the circuit of the Castles of the Duchy of Parma and Piacenza and just a few minutes from the Fidenza Village. commanderia.it

Abbey of Santa Maria della Neve, Torrechiara di Langhirano

Here you sleep in a Renaissance Benedictine abbey with a late Romanesque church. The guesthouse has twenty-five beds. In the evening we retire early. Strada della Badia

Labyrinth of the Masone Suites, Fontanellato

Inside the bamboo labyrinth created by Franco Maria Ricci in his homeland there are also two suites that summarize the taste and aesthetics of the refined publisher. Spacious interiors, sumptuous furnishings, with art objects and precious books. Breakfast and restaurant are entrusted to Massimo Spigaroli, one Michelin star.labirintodifrancomariaricci.it

Photo Mauro Davoli.

Scallops (not au gratin) with Parma ham, pistachio and pine nuts – Italian Cuisine

Scallops (not au gratin) with Parma ham, pistachio and pine nuts

One of those combinations that would never come to mind, but once tried, you can't do without it. Without using the oven

A great classic of the Eighties are the scallops au gratin, those with champagne or saffron. These are instead a modern version, simply seared in a pan and which plays on the different flavors of fish and cured meats, for a sophisticated and absolutely not kitsch result.

Although their flavor does not seem to go well together, cured meats and fish can actually be paired with surprising results. Just think of the lard with prawns or octopus with 'nduja. Parma ham is fatty and has a nice acid note, which together with the marine aroma of the scallops give life to a complex and umami taste, for an appetizer that will appeal to both young people and those who basically regret those of "tradition". To accompany this recipe there is also a lemon and parsley gremolada, delicately bitter and with the aroma of citrus essential oils, which lightens and cleanses the palate, preparing it for another bite.

Ingredients for 6 servings

6 scallops with shell
6 slices of Parma ham
2 tablespoons of coarsely chopped pine nuts
2 tablespoons of coarsely chopped pistachios
Salt and pepper

For the gremolada
finely grated zest of 1 lemon
1 crushed clove of garlic
4 tablespoons of finely chopped parsley
3 tablespoons of olive oil


Mix all the ingredients of the gremolada and season according to your taste. Drizzle the scallops with oil and cook them on the hot plate for 2 minutes on each side. Cut each scallop in half and place it on a shell, sprinkle it with the gremolata and cover it with pine nuts and pistachio. Complete with slices of Parma ham. Serve immediately.

Text by Jacopo Giavara and Margo Schachter

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