Actually, Modena is also very well known for cars, with the Ferrari factory located very nearby in the small town of Maranello. It also boasts several car and motorcycle museums, and plays host to recurring motoring events during the year. But our focus in Modena, as in everywhere we go actually, was definitely the food. This was actually just a short stopover on our way to Parma from Bologna, to pick up some Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena to take home with us, and since it was lunchtime, it was a good time to try out some of the local cuisine.
After walking all around the center of Modena under some beautiful arcades and checking out the beautiful churches and majestic buildings, and visiting the colorful market full of all our favorite Italian goodies, we decided to stop for lunch at da Danilo (Via Coltellini, 31 – tel: 059.22.54.98). We started with an antipasto of salumi and parmigiano reggiano, and went on to have one of the best pasta dishes I’ve ever eaten – tortellini stuffed with ricotta & herbs and sitting in a wonderful sauce of, what else, Balsamic Vinegar di Modena. And everything was washed down with a half bottle of Lambrusco, a sparkling ruby red wine, which is, of course, another local specialty. We finished with an Affogato (vanilla ice cream with espresso poured over it), which always tastes better in Italy.