Above: Restaurateur, hotelier, and legendary salumi producer Massimo Spigaroli in his aging cellar at the Antica Corte Pallavicina in Parma province.
Earlier this week, the Gambero Rosso released its 2015 Guide to the Restaurants of Italy, the twenty-fifth edition of the guide.
This year’s Gambero Rosso restaurant guide “Barone Pizzini Animante” Prize for restaurants that “champion their region and foods” went to restaurateur, hotelier, and salumi producer Massimo Spigaroli, whose family’s Antica Corte Pallavicina in Polesine Parmense (Parma province), a stone’s throw from the banks of the Po River, is widely considered one of the top culinary destinations in northern Italy.
The estate’s prized Culatello di Zibello, in particular, represents a benchmark for pork salumi production in Parma, where there are more pigs per capita than anywhere else in the world.
That’s Massimo, below, left, with Barone Pizzini general manager Silvano Brescianini at the Città del Gusto in Rome where the new guide was officially presented this week.
Images via the Antica Corte Pallavicina Facebook.