After returning from visiting Castello di Torrechiara and Fontanellato we returned to the Agritourismo and rested up a bit.
As the afternoon sun faded, we decided it was time to head to Parma for dinner. We again found parking alongside the Parma River....as double bonus, because the next day was Easter, the parking pass was good for two days! Instead of heading into Parma like we did the previous day, the Missus decided we should just walk up Stradone de Martiri Della Liberta', just called the "Stradone". Interesting history here as this was the first Italian Boulevard designed in the French style. We hadn't been on this street before; it was side, tree-lined, with some very nice houses along the way.
At the East end of the street is this interesting structure.....it stood out since it seemed to be isolated in the middle of traffic.
From here we took a left, past the Chiesa di San Pietro d'Alcantara and down some side streets. If we thought that seeing a non-Italian tourist was a rare sight before....now it looked all local.
It was a nice walk.....and we ended up on busy Strada della Republica again.
Even stopping back at the same cafe as the day before for a nice shot of espresso.
It was still a bit early for dinner, so we just wandered around a bit more......
And ended up back at Parma Cathedral.
There a nice open piazza in front of the Cathedral.....it was fun to sit and people watch for a bit. In contrast to Florence, things seemed so laid back here.
The Missus noticed that folks were going in and out of the cathedral.
So we decided to take a look.
The interior and the frescoes were quite dramatic.
From here it was back across Strada Giuseppe Mazzini and down the busy pedestrian Strada Farini. This lively street was Missus's favorite in central Parma. There are busy bars, restaurants, and shops.
Also on this street was a restaurant that was recommended to us named Trattoria Sorelle Picchi. We found the place which seemed really busy. Well, at least the outdoor eating area did. There's what seemed to be the kitchen, which could be viewed from the sidewalk.
There's a deli area and then the dining room, which, unlike the outdoor area, was quite empty when we arrived.
It did fill up quickly a few minutes after we were seated. At which time we noticed that there was an additional dining area downstairs. This was a deceivingly large trattoria!
Our Server was very nice, professional and attentive.
Of course we (I) started with the Culatello di Zibello, this one was aged 20 months. I loved how thin it was sliced.
Because of how thinly sliced and moist this was, it just melted away once it hit our tongue. Amazing......
This time it was the Missus who ordered the Cappelletti en Brodo.
First off, this capon broth was rich, chicken-ny, and not overly salty. It was really good. The pasta, stuffed with what seemed to be a meat-salumi mixture was excellent. The texture was amazing. I mentioned this to our Server who then brought back the menu and pointed out the names of the "Sfoglina" (the pasta makers) on the menu; Giuseppina and Luisella.
I ordered the "Trio de Tortelli".
First off, the ravioli like pasta was excellent, perfect pull, no hard spots, relatively doughy and springy at the same time. The erbette, which I believe is chard and ricotta had a nice milky-bitter-salty balance that was enjoyable. The Missus thought the "zucca" pumpkin tortelli was too sweet and I would probably agree with Her. The spalla (cured pork shoulder) in the green tortelli was nicely flavored and not too salty and the shaved Parmigiano Reggiano did help elevate it.
Overall, a very nice meal. We had really taken to the wonderful textures and flavors of the region. Things seemed so simple and yet the tastes and textures were quite amazing.
Trattoria Sorelle Picchi
Strada Luigi Carlo Farini 27/A
We had a nice walk back to the car.....through the part of Strada Farini that was more sedate.
It had been such a nice day and dinner just topped everything off.