Once home to Renaissance painters such as Correggio and il Parmigianino, Parma’s artistic history is matched today by its inspired culinary culture. Parma’s creative chefs use local ingredients to make masterpieces of the area’s traditional favorite foods. Check out the best 10 Restaurants to try them in.
Since opening in 1998, Il Trovatore has earned a reputation for using only the finest local ingredients and flavors in its dishes, such as fresh local parmigiano-reggiano and prosciutto. Their prices are affordable and their quaint dining room only seats 50 people so there is a great ambience. Try the risotto alla zucca e pancetta croccante; the cheese tasting menu and desserts are also especially popular.
Il Trovatore, Via Ireneo Affò, 2/a, Parma, Italy, +39 0521 236905
Conveniently located in the center of Parma near the Duomo and the Baptistery, Angiol d’Or offers elegant outdoor seating for warm nights. Their menu showcases the best of Parma’s regional cuisine and specializes in the area’s famous pork dishes, such as tortellini with spalla cotta and Parma ham. Their staff are inviting and helpful, but be sure to make a reservation as seats here fill up quickly.
Angiol d’Or, Via Scutellari, 1, Parma, Italy, +39 0521 282632
Osteria dei Mascalzoni puts a creative spin on traditional tastes, serving a wide selection of delicious cured meats and hearty pasta and rice dishes such as risotto al radicchio e salsiccia. The small, warmly painted dining room provides a cozy spot for its guests to enjoy the menu in. The wine list also offers a fantastic selection of local wines to complement a meal.
Osteria dei Mascalzoni, ia Cinque Piaghe, Parma, Italy, +39 0521 281809
A few steps from the Piazza Duomo, Osteria dello Zingaro is a great place for rustic regional dining, serving local favorites and delicacies, including unusual plates like grilled horse and tripe alla parmigiana. For diners seeking something simpler or less meaty, it also offers mixed cheese platters and, unusually, a reasonably wide range of vegetarian-friendly dishes.
Osteria dello Zingaro, Borgo Correggio, 5/B, Parma, Italy, +39 0521 207483
Ristorante La Forchetta serves traditional Parmesan dishes in a sleek modern dining room, even though it’s situated in the one of the oldest palazzos in the city. The menu is varied, from flavorful tortellini dishes such as tortelli d’erbetta al burro to the hearty veal with oven baked potatoes. There are only 65 seats, so be sure to make a reservation before you arrive.
Ristorante La Forchetta, Borgo S. Biagio, 6, Parma, Italy, +39 0521 208812