Why Modena is the Culinary Epicenter of Italy

Any avid foodie who has made it a point to travel around the world will tell you that Modena is the culinary epicenter of Italy. The city’s fame has developed from its most iconic and well-known export, balsamic vinegar. Other noteworthy parts of Modena’s culinary landscape are the markets, vineyards, cheesemakers, regional pasta specialties, and restaurants. These restaurants include everything from little mom and pop trattorias, to Michelin-starred, white table cloth institutions. 

The best way to experience Modena’s fine offerings can be arranged through a culinary tour of Italy. Our Italian Culinary Adventures team understands just how unique Modena is, so to get the most out of your visit, our tantalizing travel program is designed to be filled with extraordinary foods that will have you coming back for more.


Emilia-Romagna, one of the 20 regions of northern Italy, is where you will find Modena. Modena is renowned as the producer of three of Italy’s most significant heritage foods. And those are Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, traditional balsamic vinegar, and prosciutto ham. Many Italians are passionate about their food and we believe the best way to share their unique tastes is through a culinary tour of Italy. Throughout the tour, we provide a more in-depth look at the subtleties that stand unique to Modena alone. There are certain heritage methods and agricultural communities that make Modena a true stand-out when it pertains to regional Italian specialties.

Pasta, Pasta, Pasta

Our culinary tour of Italy will take you throughout Modena so you can experience first-hand the foods that make Modena famous. We start with pasta. More specific, tortellini. This type of pasta is filled with meat, whether it be pork, cured ham, sausage, etc., and is best enjoyed with a spoon. Certain styles of tortellini are small, and others can be oversized. As you increase the size of the tortellini, you can increase the number of delicious ingredients tucked away inside. Some tortellini dishes are served in a small to-go cup in broth, or ‘en brodo’ as the Italians say. And some are served in a big bowl, bathing in irresistible cream or tomato-based sauce as an entrée.

A Wide Selection of Meats

No visit to Modena, or anywhere else in Italy, is complete without sampling the wide selection of homemade meats. Local salami, zampone di Modena, and boiled meat are a few among the many types of meats offered throughout the region. We encourage you to step out of your comfort zone when it comes to trying different Italian meats for appetizers, dinner, or a snack.

Modena’s Fruits

The wide array of fresh fruits grown in Modena can’t be forgotten along our culinary tour of Italy either. We’ll introduce you to mela Campannian or apples, pears, Angelina plums, black plums, apricots, quince, peaches, sour cherries, and pesca nocce- to name a few. Modena is also known for a special relish made from candied fruits. These whole fruits are candied in a subtle sauce flavored with mustard seeds. It is a compliment among meats and cheeses and even some desserts.

Call Italian Culinary Adventures Today

As you can see, Modena has many offerings that qualify it as the culinary epicenter of Italy. Our tour consists of a curated week of fun-filled tasting and dining in Italy proudly delivered through Italian Culinary Adventures. If you have a desire to try new foods, explore new territory and immerse yourself in the unique culture and landscape of Emilia Romagna, then our program is right for you. Book now with us and you will not be disappointed.