Crafts & Flavours
Piacenza is ready to win you over with its excellent wine&food products that are the fruits of a generous land and the know-how of its agro-food artisans. Taste Colli Piacentini CDO (Controlled Designation of Origin) wines, typical cheeses, Coppa Piacentina and other PDO (Protected Designation of Origin)cured meats, discover the stuffed pasta and traditional sweets. Explore the roots of a traditional cuisine with a touch of creativity and innovation in Piacenza trattoria, farmhouses and restaurants. It will be an unforgettable culinary experience!
PDO Cured meats
Cured meats are the masterpieces of Piacenza’s culinary tradition. Piacenza is the only European province awarded 3 PDO labels: try Coppa Piacentina, Pancetta Piacentina and Salame Piacentino, with a slice of potato bread, to really let their flavour come through. Coppa Piacentina is an authentic speciality from Piacenza, it requires a long and careful ageing period, very little salt and spices. Salame Piacentino is coarsely minced and aged until it “produces a drip” when sliced; finally Pancetta Piacentina is soft and full of flavour. There is also the delicious Mariola cured meat, a Slow Food Presidia.
Don’t miss the traditional fresh pasta dishes from Piacenza: tasty anolini (egg pasta filled with stewed meat, cooked and served in broth), pisarei e fasò (small gnocchi made from flour and breadcrumbs served in a bean sauce), the unmissable tortelli con la coda (ravioli made from a very fine pasta, filled with spinach and ricotta), maccheroni alla bobbiese (a speciality from Bobbio, in Val Trebbia, a long fresh pasta with a beef stew sauce) and the bomba di riso alla piacentina (rice timbale with pigeon meat in the centre).
CDO Colli Piacentini Wines
Piacenza is a vinegrowing area with deep-rooted ancient traditions and unique, authentic and convivial flavours, different in each of the four main wine areas: Val Tidone, Val Trebbia, Val Nure and Val d’Arda. Taste the sparkling Ortrugo, the fruity and delicate Monterosso and thearomatic Malvasia di Candia Aromatica white wines,the harmonious Gutturnio and delicate Bonarda reds, then move on to a sweet wine like Malvasia passito and the dried-grape Vin Santo di Vigoleno wine.
Authentic delicacies are Grana Padano and Provolone PDO, ricotta, robiola and the mountain cheeses. Grana Padano PDO is a strong, medium-fat, hard cheese, made from cow’s milk. Provolone is part of the very old family of stretched-curd cheeses, where the curd is typically pulled or stretched. Robiola di Bettola is a traditional mild cheese from the Trebbia and Nure valleys. The Cacio del Po is a must, try it on an asparagus mould.
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