Slow Food

The cellar of Trattoria La Buca

You can find many restaurants in Italy that would qualify as Slow Food, but
we decided to have lunch at La Buca, which, after reading many outstanding reviews, sounded like the real deal. The trattoria has been run by the women of the family for five generations, and Miriam was cooking the day we came. La Buca is located in the small town of Zibello, not far from the Po River, and a short drive from Reggio Emila. There is not much to see in this small town, but it has a nice bike path that runs through the town and continues along the Po River.
To be sure of a table on Easter Monday, we made reservations by email. The weather was not great, so seating in the lovely outdoor patio was not available. But, the interior is very pleasant and accommodates quite a few people. Nevertheless, Miriam came out from the kitchen to greet us and apologized for the crowded tables (which were not crowded at all).
La Buca is known for their cured meats, so we had their appetizer with a variety of Culatello, Prosciutto and another cooked ham that was tender and not salty at all. The meats were all delicious, and went well with the perfectly aged Parmigiana Reggiano cheese they served.
We ordered the house white and house red wines, which were the best house wines we’ve had yet. But, I must admit that our group is not particularly wine savvy. The white wine was from Val D’Aosta and the red was a Gotturnio.
When Miriam came out again, she answered our questions and recommended a few specials. A few of us had the Pasticcio di Maccheroni in Crosta Dolce, which was a Maccheroni pasta surrounded by a sweet crust. This is a lovely dish from the Emilia Romagna region that was influenced by the middle east. Other savory dishes were a pasta in brodo, tagliatelle with culatello (a type of ham), pollo cacciattora and trippa alla parmigiana. All of the dishes were excellent.
When they rolled the dessert cart to our table, we couldn’t resist trying a few. We tried the Zuppa Inglese, an almond torte and the Zabaillone with fresh cream—all incredible. But a big part of the enjoyment was learning about the different dishes from the cordial staff who were happy to explain how the food was prepared. Everyone working at La Buca is proud of the restaurant and the traditions that they’re preserving.
Needless to say, we weren’t the only ones enjoying a meal that day. People come from all over the region to eat at La Buca. By the time we finished our wonderful and relaxing meal, there were others waiting outside for a free table. This is definitely a place that requires a reservation. Yet, we weren’t rushed at all and the owner even invited us to see their cantina where they stored the meats, cheeses and wines. It was a perfect ending to a perfect meal in the countryside near Reggio.
Below: La Buca, the patio, cutting the meats




About msraaka

I am an artist, writer and desktop publishing consultant living in the Pacific Northwest. After our first visit to Italy, my husband Bob and I have found ways to spend more and more time there and other countries in Europe. We love to travel, but especially to stay in one area and get a better sense of place. I love learning languages, so I continue to study Italian, French and Spanish so I can communicate a bit more with the locals. Even learning the basic greetings can make a big difference.
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2 Responses to Slow Food

  1. lemonodyssey says:

    This looks like a delicious way to spend Easter Monday — and in Italy it’s always a good idea to do as the Italians do on a Sunday or holiday and enjoy a relaxing pranzo. I love the photo of the cellar!

  2. lemonodyssey says:

    What a delicious way to spend Easter Monday! I love the cellar photo.

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