I always enjoy visiting the city of Parma and have been going there since 1983. Just walking around the city and looking into the food store windows and reading the restaurant menus is enough to make one very hungry. All one has to mention is Prosciutto di Parma and Parmigiano Reggiano to get one’s mouth watering. We returned from Parma and a few days later with the taste of Parma still in my mouth I went to the tasting called:
Chef Paolo Amadori of La Forge Restaurant in St. Tropez prepared the food in an open kitchen with specialties from the Parma Food Valley and with a generous accent of white truffles. The chef is a former teacher at the Alma International School of Italian Cuisine in Palma.
The speaker was Nicolette Perusin, marketing manager “Parma Incoming”. There was a slide presentation that highlighted all the wonderful reasons to visit Parma. She spoke about the wonders of Parma, the food, the Alma Culinary School, the sites: the Cathedral, Baptistry and the Farnese Theatre for music and opera. Arturo Toscanini was born in Parma and Giuseppe Verdi was born in Roncole Verdi, a small village close to Parma. She told us that the Festival Verdi takes place in Parma and Busseto in 2020 from September 24 to October 14. What made it more interesting for me was that I had visited most of the places she spoke about.
Black and White Truffles
Parmigiano served with sugared grapes
Potato Chips with shaved Truffles – I could not stop eating them.
Pappa al Pomodoro & Parmigiano Reggiano
The perfect wine with all this wonderful food is Lambrusco
Vanilla Ice Cream, Balsamic & Red Fruit
It was a true taste of all of the wonders of Parma and there was even an opera singer!