At the helm of the world's currently top-rated restaurant, Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, is Massimo Bottura, a recognizable face and personality from Chef's Table and Aziz Ansari's Master of None. Eating at Bottura's small, highly sought after restaurant can be close to impossible, but you even without achieving a top chef status, you can s...

While Italy might be famed for its art, history and food, it is also home to some of the creepiest tourist attractions on Earth, meaning you can celebrate this Halloween by visiting Mussolini's bunker or marvelling at a severed finger. Dark tourism is not a new phenomenon. Medieval pilgrims walked countless miles to visit the tombs of saints and gr...

“The magnificent 12th-century cathedral at Modena, the work of two great artists (Lanfranco and Wiligelmus), is a supreme example of early Romanesque art. With its piazza and soaring tower, it testifies to the faith of its builders and the power of the Canossa dynasty who commissioned it.” Thus Unesco describes the complex of Modena’s Cathedral, To...

A slice of cod placed on julienne-sliced vegetables, served in a squid ink broth and topped with a sprinkling of powdered seaweed and sea urchins. The dish that the Modenese chef Massimo Bottura created to pay homage to jazzman Thelonious Monk, reminds me of Malevič’s Black Square painting and  makes me think that, if art were to enter Bottura’s -...

Aceto Balsamico di Modena PGI (Balsamic Vinegar of Modena) will be the protagonist of a series of events and important collaborations with U.S. partners throughout the month of October, as part of the project ‘Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, The Original’ funded by the EU. “More than a year after the start of the American project – explains the directo...

Today, when chefs can be as famous as movie stars and their creations in the kitchen as admired as original works of art, there are few who rival the success and celebrity of Massimo Bottura. His restaurant, Osteria Francescana, has three Michelin stars and ranks number one on this year's list of "The World's 50 Best Restaurants." It's located in N...

For all its applications in modern cuisine, balsamic vinegar remains vastly misunderstood. In Italy most products bearing the name are protected by a denomination of origin, regulating where and how it is produced. Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena DOP is the gold standard. Hailing exclusively from the Emilia-Romagna region, it is a reduction...

From the historical perspective, it is reasonable to assume that the production of prosciutto in the typical area identified in the product specifications has roots that go back as far as the Bronze Age. Thanks to the fertility of the land destined to be used for the first agricultural practices for the prehistoric cultivation of cereals and the la...

In the past, when the powerful Este dynasty ruled the duchies of Ferrara, Modena and Reggio in Emilia-Romagna, the palaces and castles they owned were decorated with precious paintings even on the outside, especially in order to convey political messages and to celebrate the history of the family, who dominated the area for almost six centuries, fr...

After the debut of last year, here is a great success for the second edition of the “Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, the Original” project at Fancy Food Show in New York.  The Show is the largest for specialty food in North America, featuring exhibitors from 54 countries as well as the United States and continues to attract top buyers eager to make new...