Emilia Romagna was pretty much my entire reason for really wanting to go to Italy. Well, Antica Corte Pallavicina was my entire reason for really wanting to go to Italy. I’d read this article a few months prior, ripped it out of Bon Appetit magazine and stared at it endlessly. “Emilia is maximalism incarnate. This region is the proverbial land of plenty, where people perch on mountains of grated Parmigiano and roll ravioli off the summit.” Are you dying!? Because I did. And I had to go there.
My new favorite place on Earth. Hands down. If I could leave everything I’ve built in Los Angeles, I would settle down at this hotel for the rest of my life and never look back. Antica Corte Pallavicina is a luxury boutique hotel/restaurant about 20 kilometers north of Parma. It was built in the 14th century and recently renovated and opened as a hotel & restaurant. Not only did we have the most amazing meal of our Italy trip, but likely the most amazing meal of my life. Culatello flights, pheasant with shaved truffle, frog broth with mushrooms, woodcock stuffed Agnolotti, Sturgeon with crayfish, hare with shallots, beef stew, parmesean flights… And every dish better than the last! Everything you eat is either grown or raised on the farm or sourced locally, including the wine, and their specialty, lambrusco. The chef/owner makes 5,000 culatello hams and supplies the most elite of Italy & Europe. On a tour of his cellar, I happened to notice one ham heading off to Mr. Armani himself. (I nearly died.) The rooms are luxurious, spacious and incredible comfortable. Want a fire in your personal fireplace, someone will build it for you! Perfect, perfect, perfect. Amazing. It makes me happy just to think about it!
If you are considering an Italian vacation, go here! Happiest place on Earth 🙂
Our first stop though was Trattoria La Buca di Zibello. The pork sausage & pork shoulder wrapped in pig skin, heaven. I read about this place in the article as well, and when he says it’s a country trattoria, “the kind you dream of finding,” he’s right on. Small and inviting and absolutely delicious.
And one final shot at the airport, the beginning of what would be a 29 hour trip home from our most amazing vacation to date.