Restaurant: Osteria del Pozzo
Location: Modena, Italy
Date: June 5, 2011
Rating: Very good casual
This post kicks off the food portion of my 2011 Europe trip, Eating Italy. We begin our month of gastronomic excess in the heart of Emilia Romagna, Modena — home of both Ferrari and Balsamico di Modena. It’s oddly rainy for June, and exhausted from over 27 hours of air and ground travel we stumbled across the street to this local place.
The have a number of rooms in these cute little tents.
A prosecco, slightly sweet.
Caprese of course. Each portion is a whole ball of real buffalo mozzerella! Huge.
Homemade pasta, ham, arugala, cream, parmesan. This was a VERY good pasta by my taste, the in heavy ham & cream style I love (see here or here).
Spagetti and pomodoro.
Bresola, thin sheets of cured beef and parmesan and arugala. Good stuff.
This 15E sangiovese was very drinkable.
Homemade (all the pasta except the spagetti was) with zucchini and shrimp. A nice light pasta.
Potato gnocchi in gorgonzola sauce. These were the kind of amazing gnocchi that are nearly impossible to find in the states, where they are so fluffy they melt in the mouth.
Tortellini in broth. A very traditional dish, little meat pockets in a savory chicken broth.
Classic taggliatelli ragu.Probably mixed pork and beef.
The case of traditional northern Italian desserts. Various cakes and tortes.
The chocolate with hazelnut nougat cake. Very rich.
Cherry torte. It tasted like strawberry rhubarb pie.
A sampler of fresh fruits. The cantaloupe was particularly flavorful and sweet. The cherries were great too.
This place was a perfect choice for the right off the plane choice. It was casual, reasonable, but had very good food. Perfecto.
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