A food lover’s paradise, the Emilia-Romagna region is truly the capital of Italy's food scene. A recent article in Forbes called it "Italy's Greatest Gastronomic Treasure," and we agree! Osteria la Spiga’s co-founder, Pietro Borghesi, hails from this magical and fruitful part of the world and is honored to share his family’s traditional recipes with you.
Some of the most beloved ingredients found in Italian cuisine originated--and are still produced--in this historical, culinary area. These include balsamic vinegar, mortadella, prosciutto, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and a variety of handmade pastas. For centuries, food and wine lovers have been coming to raise, harvest and experience these authentic regional specialties.
The rich and fertile soil in the Po River Valley yields exceptional wheat for pasta, and it has also contributed to the supreme quality and flavor of the region's dairy products, like butter and cheese. In fact, this is the only area of Italy where Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese is produced, and it holds the exclusive legal title to the name. The town of Modena has a reputation for wonderful pears, cherries, peaches and, of course, the incomparable balsamic vinegar.
Emilia-Romagna meals layer flavors, with pastas that range from tagliatelle (golden egg pasta) and tortelli (stuffed pasta), to tortelloni (larger) and lasagna verdi. Antipasto is celebrated before the first course of a traditional meal and may feature anything from figs with prosciutto and balsamic vinegar to pears with Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Fresh and seasonal vegetables, like grilled asparagus, sauteed greens, and roasted squash play a major role in side dishes. Exceptional and sought after wine also comes from the area's crops of Lambrusco, Sangiovese, Trebbiano, and Albana grapes that grow there.
At Osteria la Spiga, we strive to serve the highest quality, most authentic foods and flavors from this rich, cultural area. Be sure to try some of our favorite family recipes from Emilia-Romagna, including our signature piadina Romagnola bread, gnocco fritto, tortelli alla lastra and more. Salute!