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A Queen In The Kitchen – Estate Italiana: FICO Eataly World (Bologna)

FICO, acronym for Fabbrica Italiana Contadina (Italian Peasant Factory) and literally fig or cool! (Italian expression), is THE WORLD’S LARGEST AGRI-FOOD PARK in beautiful Bologna (Emilia-Romagna)

100.000 square meters of authentic Italian agri-food related stuff including :

  • shops and marketplace
  • 40 eating points
  • 40 farming factories
  • 6 multimedia carousels
  • 6 classrooms
  • theater and cinema
  • 2 hectares of fields and stables
  • 1 congress center

FICO is HUGE and the best way to explore it is to rent at the entrance the FICO bike, a Bianchi tricycle provided with two shopping baskets.

If you are planning to visit Bologna, the capital of the Emilia Romagna region, don’t forget to plan a whole day at FICO.

Buona Estate!

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Majestic entrance at FICO Eataly World .

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Red Hot Chili Pepper sculpture in the parking lot.

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Best way to visit FICO is to rent a FICO Bike.

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Neapolitan Pizza at ROSSOPOMODORO.

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Italian Gelato Workshops at Gelato University Carpigiani.

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Traditional Sicilian pastries at Pasticceria Palazzolo.

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Outstanding Italian rice at Grandi Riso spot.

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Huge selection of Italian wines.

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Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, shop and tasting.

IMG_2032Authentic Italian restaurants and bistros a go-go.

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One of my favorite spot at FICO: Librerie COOP bookstore.

Credits:

Ale Gambini (Host, Author, Editor)

Maurizio OTTO De Togni (Executive Producer, Original Music, Video Maker, Photo).

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Cooking DOP & IGP Cooking Class

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On the occasion of the Second Week of Italian Cuisine in the World, I’m excited to host a very special cooking class at the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles, focused on cooking with Italian DOP and IGP products.

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What’s DOP and IGP

DOP and IGP are two designations provided by the European Parliament defining quality criteria for food and agricultural products that ensure their origin and top quality.
DOP (Denominazione d’Origine Protetta) or Protected Designation of Origin, is a really strict certification given to those food specialties whose have unique features of the territory on which they are produced. This certification ensures that products are locally grown and packaged and impossible to imitate outside of their designated area of production.
IGP (Indicazione Geografica Protetta) or Protected Geografical Information is a certification less strict than DOP, given to those products for which their quality and  peculiar characteristics depend on a specific geographical area of preparation and/or production.
Parmigiano Reggiano, Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena, Prosciutto Crudo di Parma are among all the most popular Italian DOP products worldwide.
How to recognize an IGP or DOP products? Check for the seal on the packaging of the product.

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Join me Saturday, November 04, 2017 – 10.30am to 1.00pm at the IIC Los Angeles as I’ll have the pleasure to have my attendees taste :

Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena Acetaia Museo Boni

Parmigiano Reggiano Bertozzi America

Olio Extra Vergine di Oliva La Maolina  Antica Locanda di Sesto

Prosciutto Crudo Di Parma Consorzio Prosciutto di Parma 

…and cook :

Cialda di Parmigiano con Spuma di Mortadella
Medaglioni di Polenta Concia
Lasagne Zucca Speck Taleggio
Ciambellone Olio Extra Vergine di Oliva e Limone

To register call – (310) 824-7408

#aqueeninthekitchen #iicla #DOP #IGP #italiantaste

Photo credits: Mirko Miracle Urania