The Michelin-starred chef suggests his perfect slow food road trip around his home country
01
Villa Manodori Balsamic Vinegar

This vinegar is around 40 to 50 years old. You should come to my new place Casa Maria Luigia and you can taste it there. It’s won a gold medal. That’s worth travelling to Italy for just to taste that.

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02
Caseificio Rosola Parmigiano Reggiano

You have 550 litres of milk compressed into 50 kilos of cheese and aged four years. Go to Rosola, which is 40 minutes’ drive up on the Apennines Mountains outside Modena. You get the most amazing cheese... and the view.

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03
Antico Corte Pallavicina’s Culatello

It’s like the heart of Prosciutto. This Culatellos is aged for 42 months at Antico Corte Pallavicina in Polesine Parmense. Find it 35 to 40 minutes’ drive outside Modena. It’s something that gives you an addiction.

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04
Lambrusco

The wine is so undervalued. The producers of Lambrusco didn’t have that kind of pride to understand that it could be a great wine, but now the young generation have brought Lambrusco to another level. [Follow Bottura to Castello di Levizzano and enjoy a glass of Lambrusco Grasparossa of Castelvetro on the piazza.]

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05
Mortadella Favola

At Da Favola in San Prospero they create the most amazing mortadella. We serve it with fried dough. We slice the mortadella then put it on top of the dough. We finish it with ricotta from Rosola and very old balsamic vinegar – this is all you need for breakfast.

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Chef Massimo Bottura was in Singapore for the World's Best 50 Restaurants Awards

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