5 foodie reasons to visit Modena

Discover five delicious reasons to visit Modena…

1. Beautiful balsamic vinegar

balsamic vinegar being put into glass jar
Photo © tenzinsherab via Getty images

Modena is a favourite with gastronomes for many reasons, but one of its greatest attractions has to be its world-acclaimed balsamic vinegar.

The DOP product has been made in the city since the Middle Ages, and unlike ordinary vinegar is made from reduced grape must.

Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena is the best quality, having been aged from 12 to more than 25 years. Arrange a visit to one of the city’s balsamic producers with Acetaia di Giorgio.

2. Perfect prosciutto

slices of cured ham
Photo © fcafotodigital via Getty Images

Prosciutto di Modena may not be as renowned as its counterpart, Prosciutto di Parma, but you’ll find it in panini, pasta, risotto or on its own.

Also look out for the city’s zampone – pigs’ trotters stuffed with minced pork and seasoned with spices.

3. Tasty tigella

round flatbreads with a flower pattern, filled with cured ham and cheese
Photo © Olga Mazyarkina via Getty Images

Head to a bakery and pick up a tigella. These traditional snacks are slow-rising soft breads, resembling pitta bread.

Made from flour, water, yeast and milk, the dough is cooked in a tigella pan, then filled with prosciutto, Parmigiano-Reggiano or Nutella for a moreishly good snack.

4. A nip of Nocino

dark coloured walnut liqueur in glasses, surrounded by green walnuts
Photo © Madeleine_Steinbach via Getty Images

Modena’s speciality liqueur is Nocino, a walnut digestivo made to a traditional recipe. The liqueur is made using green walnuts picked on St John the Baptist’s Day, which are then left to soak in alcohol.

Its aromatic and bittersweet flavour can be found in most osterie throughout the city.

5. Lovely Lambrusco

lambrusco grapes
Photo © nimu1956 via Getty Images

Modena’s preferred tipple has to be Lambrusco, which you must try. Available in three different varieties – Sorbara, Salamino di Santa Croce and Grasparossa di Castelvetro – the sparkling dry red is the ideal accompaniment to many dishes, especially tortellini.

Ready to discover more? Spend 48 hours in Modena