We popped over to Parma for half a day on the way to Bologna. Somehow I had this romantic notion that Parma is a town brimming with prosciutto and parmesan cheese. Alas, the streets were not lined with ham and cheese…but we did peruse a couple of delis that were. More on that in a bit.
Before we embarked on our walk through Parma, we found a sunny spot in the square and enjoyed a spot of breakfast. Freshly baked baguette filled with paper-thin prosciutto and finished off with a latte macchiato.
We were enthralled by the goods displayed in the local deli and lingered in the store for a while as we scoured through the varieties of dried pasta, the giant wheels of parmesan of varying aged stages, the legs of prosciutto that hung above the counters and lined the walls, the baskets of salami and multiple jars of olives and pesto. Everything looked delicious and I had to refrain and only allowed myself to purchase a large wedge of parmesan reggiano. Mmmmm….chheeeeesse.
For lunch, we went to another off-the-beaten-track restaurant called Trattoria Corrieri. Recommended by a couple we met on the train journey to Parma, Lonely Planet and it was the No.3 restaurant on Trip Advisor. Good stuff then!
We were seated under a vine covered balcony, where sunlight streamed in through the gaps, and a gentle breeze cooled the dining area. Trattoria Corrieri is well known for their prosciutto and without hesitation I ordered the local favourite of prosciutto with melon. Hubby decided to go all carnivorous and ordered the mixed meat platter.
The prosciutto and melon dish was superb. Thin slices of ham covering half the plate and three thick, juicy wedges of sweet melon. Very refreshing and a fantastic starter.
Hubby enjoyed the mixed meat platter which consisted of salty slices of prosciutto, spicy salami, a slice which tasted very much like corned beef and another which tasted like luncheon meat – which was strangely very comforting and familiar.
We then shared a three-flavoured ravioli and a serve of Parma-style risotto. The ravioli was fresh with eggy pasta skins filled with ricotta and spinach, butternut squash and ricotta with artichoke. All three had very distinct flavours and with just a sprinkling of parmesan cheese, the dish was complete.
The parmesan risotto was surprising delicious considering there was nothing in it, well…except for cheese. Creamy risotto, rich and full-flavoured. We were glad we shared the pasta because they were just a tad rich and we were just that little bit cheesed out by then. Now on to more good food in Bologna!