In Parma - and in all Emilia Romagna region - for many years the economy has been strongly related to the agro-food industry and food tourism. Its local, traditional cuisine is one of the main reasons why travelers from all over the world come visit the Italian town. The main specialties? Prosciutto and Parmigiano, of course. Where to buy them? Here is a list of the top food shops, and a few pieces of advice on the best Prosciutto di Parma makers.
10 must visit shops
0521237485 – rural.it
The place where you can find all the artisan products derived from Parma's biodiversity (but also Tuscan and Ligurian): from cheeses to salami, from fresh donkey milk to eggs of Romagnola hen …
Banchini Cioccolaterie e gelateria
p.zza Cesare Battisti 9b
Family of chocolatiers from the end of the 19th century. Thanks to the rediscovery of a manuscript recipe book, Giacomo and Alberto Banchini have restarted the company of great-grandfather Enrico.
s.da Garibaldi, 42
From Prosciutto di Parma Dop to culatello di Zibello, from salami from Felino to Parmigiano Reggiano, from porcini of Borgotaro to balsamic vinegar: to buy or for a gourmet snack.
I Due Gatti
s.da N. Bixio, 76
Pizzas and focaccias sold by weight for take-out. Here Aldo and Massimo Gatti give life to pizzas baked in pans, cooked and leavened for a long time, the result of experience and knowledge with quality chefs and producers.
Rosa dell’Angelo Prosciutto Bar
Centro Commerciale Eurotorri
p.le Balestrieri, 19a
Tasting room and sale of cured meats and cheeses of the salami factory of Traversetolo (another location is at the Fiera di Parma, as well as at the company headquarters in Traversetolo). Exceptional black pork breed hams, good selection of other cured meats. On sale also legendary Berkel slicers.
s.da Luigi Carlo
Bakery and fresh pasta, one of the temples of the classic local tortelli with greens and traditional bread baking art.
via G. Verdi, 25a
Historic city wine shop with a huge selection of labels that include references from the region, as well as local (and not so local) food specialties. It's also possible to enjoy aperitivo on site.
La Prosciutteria di Silvano Romani
s.da Farini, 9c
This is the flagship store of the network of grocers and foodstuffs built by Silvano Romani in the city (and beyond) also aquiring historical shops.
via Montebello 84b
This place owes its popularity to the classic Torta Duchessa cake in a now personalized version. Equallt excellent are the macaron, gelato (also for take-out) and chocolate products made by Alessandro Battistini in collaboration with Besuschi, Tonti and Laghi.
La Bottega del Gusto
via S.Leonardo 145c
The Davoli brothers own a historic shop, opened in 1953, that offers a selection of the best local products, from Prosciutto crudo to Parmigiano, from wines to extra-virgin olive oil.
The best artisans of Prosciutto di Parma
Riano (PR) - s.da Pranello, 6
0521357125 - ruliano.it
Born in 1949, upstream of Parma PDO Ruliano there are big thighs of heavy pigs reared as they should, experience and finally the environment: cellars rich in enzymes where the hams season 24 to 36 months. Also try the raw shoulder, an ancient Parma cured meat.
Lesignano de’ Bagni (PR) - fraz. Mulazzano
via Ponticella, 4 - 0521861070 - devodier.com
The experience is more than a century long, the business of curing hams starts in the middle of the 1900s. The selections range from 20 to 36 months. Try the culatta and the raw shoulder.
Lesignano de' Bagni (PR) - fraz. Mulazzano
via Ponticella, 18 - 0521857144
Attentive selection and processing of heavy pork legs are are at the core of a prosciutto that gives its best over 30 months aging: a Parma outsider, with an out of the ordinary sweetness and fresh delicacy.
Langhirano (PR) - via Fanti d'Italia, 73
0521852943 - tanaragiancarlo.it
Born in 1960, this is one of Parma's historical prosciutto factories, owned by the former President of the Consortium. But Tanara is not just tradition: in recent years it has been testing itself in the hams of Emilia production, outside the PDO.
Traversetolo (PR) - via Picelli, 49
0521844377 - italgroupalimentari.it
Italgroup is basically a single-product company, only Prosciutto di Parma PDO, in addition to a small production of culatta. A ham made according to tradition and the production disciplinary, with thighs of pigs born, reared and slaughtered in Italy at the minimum age of 9 months, and only a small amount of salt.
written by Maurizio Bertera, Mara Nocilla, Michele Turelli