The Italian Region Food Lovers Should Visit

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According to Food & Wine, famous Italian foods like tortellini, Parmigiano Reggiano, and Prosciutto di Parma all come from the Emilia Romagna region of Italy. Even more impressively, this region of Italy has 44 PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) and PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) products. These designations mean that these products can only bear these names if they are produced in that specific area (per Labels of Origin for Food: Local Development, Global Recognition).

There’s the aforementioned Parmigiano Reggiano to taste, but also various shapes of hand-rolled egg pasta, like tortellini and tortelloni, tagliatelle and lasagna, aged and ultra-luxurious (and pricy) balsamic vinegar, and cured meats from a salumeria. Gourmands can wash all of these rich and heavenly foods down with Lambrusco, a fizzy dark wine that is also “the oldest documented wine made in Emilia-Romagna.” The Emilia Romagna region is so serious about its food that there are even dedicated museums for gelato, oil, pasta, cold meats, wine, tomato, and potato.

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