From Verona to Parma…

Grana Padano wheel maturing at Montanari & Gruzza
Grana Padano wheel maturing at Montanari & Gruzza

With everything wrapped up at Vinitaly we jumped in the car and drove an hour south to Emilia Romagna to the home of our Grana Padano producer Montanari & Gruzza.

Whilst it is great to visit these producers at fairs, you cannot beat heading straight to the source and checking out their operations. Montanari for me produces one of the best Grana Padano and the quality of our visit illustrated why.

In the next few months we will have some new lines for Mondo Imports that really got us excited yesterday.

Rulliano Prosciuitto in the hills of Parma
Rulliano Prosciuitto in the hills of Parma

From the flats of Emilia Romagna to the high hills of Parma we travelled to visit the home of Rulliano Prosciutto.

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Rulliano is considered the Ferrari of Prosciutto di Parma and the efforts they go to pay off in the final product.

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After a long tour and big day we headed out to Trattoria Del Ducato near our hotel in Parma with the owner of Rulliano.

Pasta with Tartufo
Pasta with Tartufo

The food was top shelf and if your in Parma I would definitely recommend it. The Pasta with Truffles was $15 euro on the menu and it didn’t last long after this picture was taken!!

Today we head to Alba to meet some of our producers before dinner in Monforte tonight.

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