CIAO – BUONGIORNO!
Finally, we arrived in Parma and will be here for 3 nights at the lovely Villino di Porporano.com I just adored this part of Italy – our hostess Elena Maria Ciotti remodeled top to bottom a lovely old farmhouse. I will say on a side note ** it took a bit to find it. It is set in the middle of a small area just outside Parma city limits next to a cluster of apartments – you’d never guess the beauty awaiting you. So when I stepped through the gates felt as though I was transported to another time.
No detail was spared by Elena – I want to call it “Italian Shabby Chic”. We stayed in the Rose room. It had a glorious clawfoot tub, separate sitting area, large shower, water closet and was very comfortably elegant.
Mike and I with the owner/hostess Elena of VILLIINO di PORPORANOThis area is just outside the city of Parma. It reminded me a lot of my hometown of Frederick, MD (some 20 years ago) with lots of farmland, rustic buildings, and fantastic people. We arrived late but it worked out for the best because we had the lovely dinner at a local family-owned restaurant “TRATTORIA MORA”. A short walk from our B&B, it is family owned and the “Godfather” of Parma still rules the dining room. We had the privilege of meeting 3 generations. It was quaint and had simple fantastic food and wine. We were in heaven. I soon made my way into the good graces of the owners and got a tour of the kitchen and adjoining market. We were treated as longtime friends. Mike fell in love with the local Lambrusco’s and who wouldn’t. Nothing like the Martini & Rossi sweet stuff, this was bubbly like most local wines in this area. It was rich but not too overpowering. Even the shape of the bottle was cool.
Homemade pasta with root vegetables and “FRESH” porcini mushrooms.
Proscuitto, of course along with these fantastic warm pillows of fried dough. Heaven.
Paulo & Mike no language barrier when it comes to food & wine!
We were in the presence of a legend – the “Parma Nostra”!
Exhausted, full and happy we walked back to the B&B and slept like babies. Thank you so much, everyone, at “MORA” we can’t wait to come back! You can follow the Chef Matteo Mora on FB (he’s the tall one in the back 3rd generation) @matteomora on FB.
Tomorrow off to the prosciutto & balsamic tour with Alice Rossi @Alicerossi so looking forward to it!