Viagra and Parmesan Might Have Similar Effects, Scientist found.

Parmesan cheese in popular culture:

Not just cheese, more than a staple for those in Emilia-Romagna and the entire word, Parmesan Cheese is a myth, a tradition and at the core of Italian cuisine. The elderly of Modena, one of the areas where the production of Parmesan is safeguarded and brought forward, have always considered Parmigiano Reggiano a cheese with energetic and energizing properties, but there’s more. They also believe this cheese to have aphrodisiac properties and to be able to make those who eat it “horny”. The younger generations might not know of this bit of trivia from their parents or grandparents, but Parmigiano cheese is said to enhance a person’s sexual desire. This was considered a legend until recently, as it hadn’t been proved by scientific research, but folk tales do prove to be true sometimes, as is the case for Parmesan.


You might not need the blue bill after all – source

Parmesan cheese and science:

Local professor Mario Baraldi ( has a 50 years’ long experience in pharmacology and started researching Parmigiano Reggiano’s purported aphrodisiac properties with a scientific study based on the fact that about 15/20% of the male population has erectile dysfunction. His study was conducted on sexually sluggish male rats and then published on the Journal of Pharmacy and Nutrition Science because the professor discovered that feeding Parmesan cheese to the rats over a period of time improved their sexual performance. In fact, Parmesan is constituted for the 30% of free amino acids that are  precursors and building blocks for nervous system stimulants such as dopamine.

Parmesan cheese and its synergic effect with traditional Balsamic vinegar:

Often the two products are consumed together. It’s really an experience to try, and purely from a gastronomic standpoint it’s something you’ll have to taste for yourself to completely appreciate the characteristics and strengths of both foods. The salty, grainy consistence of the cheese, paired with the smooth, sweet but slightly sour taste of Balsamic vinegar (also traditionally produced in the area of Modena and nearby) meet in an extremely enjoyable way. Balsamic is advertised as being a good partner for a wide array of different foods and dishes, but pairing it with Parmigiano Reggiano is like a meeting that was meant to happen. Some people pour a few drops on top of the cheese – which must not be cut in a straight direction, but flaked roughly with a special knife – while other people prefer to pour a small pool of Balsamic vinegar on their plates and dip the Parmesan flake in it. The different qualities of Balsamic vinegar ease the choice, since the more expensive the product chosen, the less drops each of us will use, both for the quality and the quantity needed to appreciate the taste.

Professor Baraldi reckons that consuming both products together can prove beneficial: the Balsamic vinegar helps the stomach in receiving and absorbing the cheese because of its unique sweet and sour taste. This way, the synergy created is not only a pleasant eating experience for your palate, but also for your body and sexual life.

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Why Carlotta traditional Balsamic vinegar is so Special?

Not all balsamic vinegars are created equal. Carlotta special reserve is a 25 years old traditional balsamic vinegar made at Acetaia Di Giorgio in Modena. It is tradition to start a new batch of vinegar when a baby girl is born, so it did Giorgio when Carlotta was born. In the past the batch would become the girl dowry and she bring it to the new family. Carlotta Special reserve is aged in barrels of different woods such as cherry, mulberry, ash, juniper and the produce won several prizes with the Carlotta balsamic vinegar. It is a truly unique product that will not fail to impress your guest at your next dinner party. 




How to Eat Like a Local in Rimini

Eating like a local in Rimini, specifically, enjoying seafood and fish in this area, is easier done than said, since the whole Riviera, from Bellaria to Cattolia, during the winter and summer alike, is full of restaurants in the hundreds providing delicious dishes. From the more simple seafood based dishes like Spaghetti allo scoglio (“reef spaghetti” with clams, mussels, shrimps and other shellfish) or clam chowder to the more complex and refined dishes requiring ingredients and a preparation process far more sophisticated and intriguing, we’ve selected 5 restaurants + 1 where you can eat like a local the delicious fish of the Adriatic Sea in Rimini and nearby.

anche nella piadina ci può essere arte

Piadina is served pretty much everywhere in rimini – source

Dallo Zio – Rimini

This restaurant, has been for decades a staple of the city’s cuisine. It recently has had a change in management but the quality and freshness of the ingredients and the philosophy behind their cuisine have not. It’s a must for the fresh fish and simple recipes following the tradition of Rimini.


Il pescato del Canevone – Rimini

Located in a medieval building, and in its cloistered garden during the summer months, the Canevone is an excellent seafood restaurant, and probably the best of its kind for such an accessible and convenient price list. Only the freshest of fishes in here, prepared according to traditional and more innovative recipes alike, but without getting too heavy or complicated to the palate.

Cavalluccio Marino – Riccione

Right on the canal harbor of Riccione, the Cavalluccio Marino takes pride in its interesting recipes, prepared with fresh fishes and seafood. Cold appetizers like salmon carpaccio, Catalan specialties but also less complex dishes like fried calamari are a must here.

Liuzzi – Cattolica

This is Raffaele Liuzzi’s restaurant. He’s a brilliant and extravagant half actor, half chef who renews the dishes served in his establishment at each visit you’ll make here. Innovative and experimental dishes that require the customers’ collaboration in a real show for Liuzzi’s unforgettable experience of local tastes.

Al Moccolo – Rivazzurra

A textbook fish and seafood restaurant of the Riviera. Spacious rooms with long, crowded tables, a crustacean’s aquarium, the pizza oven ready and waiters rushing around. Typical restaurant offering excellent fresh fish according to dozens of different recipes for appetizers, first and second courses.

If you’re looking for something inexpensive and on the go, but great in tastes and quality as well, we recommend:

C’è quel che c’è – Rimini

This typical trattoria provides also take-away service and it’s open for lunch, to taste the local dishes even if you’re short on time. The “C’è quel che c’è” restaurant is a warm, welcoming establishment, simple but enjoyable, convenient for those who are stopping in Rimini just for a short while. Menu varies according to the day’s catch, to ensure quality and freshness.

Get Your Designer Brands For Cheap While In Bologna

Do you want to freshen up your wardrobe without spending too much and without having to wait for seasonal sales? There’s a solution, and it’s called outlet. Real neighborhoods made for shopping, or big malls with all kinds of fashion stores with items on sale and prices lower than you’d find in retail stores. If you don’t mind that the items on display are from past collections or are what was left in the brand’s warehouse at the end of the current season, outlets are the place for you.

To follow are 5 outlets you will find in Bologna and nearby… prepare your wallets and have a good shopping!

Maybe it's Art - Louis Vuitton Shopfront, Milano

Get your brands while you are in Bologna for less – source


1. Burnin’ Lab Outlet

Inside an historical building in Bologna, this fashion outlet is small but full of surprises and hosts clothing and accessories for both men and women. Brands in store are Roberto Cavalli, Versace, Dolce e Gabbana as well as less high-end merch like Guru, Guess, and Meltin Pot brands‘ items. Open Monday to Saturday from 10 AM to 1 PM and from 3:30 PM to 7:30 PM, closed on Thursdays.

Burnin’ Lab Outlet, Via del lazzo 4, Bologna
Telephone: 051220017

2. Castel Guelfo Outlet Village

Be careful not to get lost in this incredible fashion village, since there are 110 businesses inside, comprising of fashion outlets, cafes and restaurants. There’s a free shuttle bus connecting the center of Castel San Pietro to the square just in front of the outlet. Brands in store are Adidas, Bottega Verde, Caleffi, Calzedonia, Camicissima, Nike and more.
Open Monday to Saturday from 10 AM to 8 PM except for Monday mornings, and the closing time extends until 8:30 PM on Fridays and Saturdays.

Castel Guelfo Outlet Village, Via del Commercio 20A, Poggio Piccolo, Bologna.
Telephone: 0542670765

3. Coin Outlet e Factory Store

Outlets collecting all the unsold merchandise from the over 1000 stores open in all of Italy. Brands in store include Boss, Desigual, Esprit, Fornarina, Guess and Valentino. Open Monday to Saturday from 9 AM to 9 PM except for Monday mornings. Open on Sundays from 10 AM to 8 PM.

Castel Guelfo Outlet Village c/o Parco Commerciale Meraville, Viale Tito Carnacini 21
Telephone: 0516333610

Outlet stores near Bologna:

4. Fashion Outlet

Multistore with an area of over 2000 square meters, founded in 2003, this outlet sells clothing for men and women alike from brands such as Armani Jeans, Dimensione Danza, D&G. It’s also possible to purchase directly from their e-store through the outlet’s website.

Fashion Outlet, Via Emilia 73, 40011 Anzola dell’Emilia

5. Fashion Street

This outlet offers mostly items from the current collections with prices on sale at -30% to -70%. Brands in store include most notably Gucci, Jucca and Twin Set. Even more convenient prices can be found on the outlet’s e-shop. Open Monday to Saturday from 10 AM to 8 PM except Monday mornings.

Fashion Street, Via Ronco Maruni 28, San Lazzaro di Savena
Telephone: 051450210

And finally if you are heading to Florence check this article for shopping tours in Tuscany. We also have tips about shopping in Rimini.

What are you waiting for? In these fashion outlets you’ll find sale prices all year round!

We sourced the information from this article in Italian.

How To Go Shopping for Italian Brands In Rimini

The Riviera of Romagna in the region of Emilia-Romagna overlooking the Adriatic Sea is not just clubs, pubs, waves and summer. Here you can drink a mojito on the beach, sunbathe, swim and there’s good news for those who prefer indoors activities: Rimini also means shopping! We’ll cover mainly fashion outlets. There are many outlets in the area surrounding Rimini and the neighboring towns and this post will not cover them all, but have fun exploring them, the internet is your friend if you want to visit an outlet in the Specific.

Rimini is a popular holiday resort in the north of of Italy and it can be easily reached from Bologna and Venice. If you like shopping for brands in Italy continue reading this. We also organise chauffeured tours in the area if you need this service please contact us.

11 Via Montenapoleone, Milano

Shopping for Brands in Italy – source

Shopping outlets at easy reach from Rimini (and Bologna).

Diffusione Tessile, located at the exit of Cattolica’s highway, in Via al Mare. You’ll see a bright yellow sign with a black clothes hanger superimposed. That’s the outlet you’re looking for! This store is not just in Cattolica but also all over Italy, and here you’ll find the fashion lines from Max & Co. from previous years and much more. Dresses on sale, t-shirts from € 15, shoes starting from € 60, swimsuits, lingerie, skirts, pants, scarves, hats, accessories, sunglasses and a lot of sundresses starting from € 35, all of them colorful, cheerful and a real bargain! It’s worth visiting to renew your wardrobe for a seasonal change: the prices are reasonable and the quality is top-notch.
Still not satisfied? Of course not, there’s much more to see, so let’s go to Moschino’s Outlet.
This is the place for you, especially if you’re looking to buy some shoes. T-shirts and shirts don’t necessarily have low prices but here shoes do. This place is a must and you’ll go crazy trying on every shoe from Moschino’s collections. But where is the Outlet Moschino?
The Outlet Moschino is with Pollini’s (just as amazing and worth a visit) in Via Erbosa 1, in Gatteo. The building is quite anonymous from the outside, but there’s a tower nearby that will help you locate the store, which is just beside it. To be sure you’re in the right place or if you need info about the route to get there, you can contact them at the telephone number +39 0541 818106.
Last but not least, if you really want to put a dent to your bank account, visit Sergio Rossi. You’ll find everything here: flats, sandals, open toes, high heels, very high heels, wedges, stilettos, ankle boots, boots and trust me, everything concerning the world of shoes is inside this store. You’ll leave your heart here, as well as a chunk of your wallet.
Prices are not exactly low, but they’re lower than you would find in stores: the outlet price for the shoes is half as much as the retail one. Sergio Rossi’s Outlet is the hardest to find. It’s located in Via Emilia Ovest, 86/90 in Savignano sul Rubicone, but there are no big signs and ads to show the way, just a doorway. Enter and a world will materialize before your eyes!
Have fun shopping, and I will not be held responsible for your bank statement at the end of the month!

We took and translated info from this source

Organic Balsamic Vinegar “Balsamì” Give Away for Reviews.

Dear Food Lovers we are looking for Food Blogger to review our fantastic organic balsamic vinegar of Modena produced by our friendly Farm in Castelvetro di Modena.
We will send one bootle of 250 ml organic balsamic vinegar of Modena for you to try and write a review on your blog. We can send this product worldwide.


What we are looking for:

Good food and travel blogs with active social profiles on FB and Twitter
200/300 words review on your blog with a link Back to of the products that we will send you. 

What you will get:

You will get one free bottle of Organic Balsamì (RRP 20 euros)




This extraordinary balsamic seasoning is produced by artisans located in Castelvetro di Modena. It comes from the finest Lambrusco and Trebbiano grapes, and is aged 5 years in ash barrels, the right time to bring to your meal that typical pleasant acidity flavor. Great complement for your salads, side dishes, cooked or raw vegetables, but but also for meats and fish. 

250 ml wax sealed bottles.



Pavarotti Museum Finally Opens in Modena

Pavarotti singing  in Modena

Pavarotti singing in Italy – source

On the occasion of Expo 2015 in Milan, even Modena, together with Luciano Pavarotti Foundation, decides to exceptionally open to the public the doors of Casa Pavarotti that have been transformed into a House-Museum thanks to a path that will permit his fans to better know Luciano Pavarotti both as famous tenor and man.
The visit of the House-Museum in Stradello Nava is part of the Discover Ferrari & Pavarotti Land tour, organised by Modena to show to the tourists the beauties of the city.

In the past, the Foundation opened the House just for special occasions so it is the first time that everyone is allowed to enter the House transformed into a Museum. This decision has been taken to never forget the name of Luciano Pavarotti, and it is even the main reason that encouraged Nicoletta Mantovani (Pavarotti’s wife) to start the Foundation in 2007, after the tenor’s death.

The Museum remains intentionally more in the dimension of a House because the Foundation wants to show how the tenor lived, in other words they want the public to know Luciano, rather than Pavarotti.
For example, an aspect that surely will help us to know him as a simple man is the area of the House that he decided to consecrate to his horses: here he opened a real horseback riding school and for 11 years, he has hosted a prestigious hurdle jumping competition.
Another peculiarity is that it was Pavarotti who designed the House, and the architects followed meticulously his plans while realizing the construction. So the House reflects the personality of the tenor in each detail; it treasures all his photos and memories with the most important people of his life, his friends, his family, his daughter.
What’s more, visiting the House-Museum you will have the chance to admire the clothes he wore during his most beautiful performances, the videos of the several Pavarotti & friends that took place in Modena as well the innumerable awards he gained during his 40-year-career in many theaters all over the world.

The Museum will be open to the public 7 days a week; the public will have the chance to carry out a guided tour based on a service of audio-guides in Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese and Russian, that will guide the visitors throughout the House.
Some rooms are the same as when Pavarotti was alive, as his bedroom and the kitchen, while some others have been set up with a sort of path that retrace his career, with his works, pictures with famous people and friends, awards and so on.

Transforming the House into Museum has not be so easy, on the contrary it has been a very demanding project for the Foundation, but the target to let everyone know how the so well-known tenor lived his everyday life, has been reached. 

If you are visiting Modena you should also consider to visit Enzo Ferrari museum.

Cooking Lessons in Florence With Market Tours

As you have already gathered from, cooking and cuisine are one of the pillars of Italian culture. So what better way to live and experience the country and the city of Florence than to dive into its culinary secrets? This is what we’re offering to you: a complete tour for your taste buds and a training ground for your hidden cooking abilities with a professional and intriguing cooking lesson that can be booked through our website.


Pasta making lessons in Florence


The experience you can book includes:

  • A hands-on cooking lesson of 3 hours for 2 people
  • A complete menu (wine and coffee included) or a monograph on pasta, pizza, desserts or seafood in the Italian cuisine 
  • Pamphlets in Italian and English
  • A certificate of attendance

If you decide to further make your way into the realms of Italian tradition, there’s the possibility to add an optional market tour with the chef to purchase the ingredients needed before the lesson takes place. This would be a great way to understand and explore tastes, products and options for the optimal cooking situation you’re about to experience with “Condon Bleu”’s cooking school’s professionals. Not only that, because exploring the markets of Florence will prove to be more than a culinary tour, but also a cultural visit among locals, to live the city from a different point of view.
Located in the hearth or Florence, the cooking school is inside a prestigious XVI cetury palace and offers a range of cooking lessons and courses geared towards all kinds of visitors, from locals to tourists looking for an extra way to experience what the city has to offer. And what a way do these cooking lessons offer! Creativity, professionalism and expertise are the motto of the school and the chefs and highly trained staff will ensure you’ll learn the secrets of Italian and Florentine cuisine.

Food Market tour in Florence.

We’ve also mentioned an optional market tour, and our suggestion is to take up on this chance and participate in this adventure among the streets and squares of Florence. Markets in Florence still have even today the same atmosphere of old times, which is definitely worth experiencing, to live up close the vitality and glee of Italian markets, with colors, smells and tastes and a wide range of different people meeting and shopping together.
There are many different markets taking place in Florence, throughout the week, like the Mercato di San Lorenzo, in the square and streets surrounding the Basilica of San Lorenzo in the city’s historical center. In Via dell’Ariento, the market hosts a wide selection of groceries and is the city’s most important market. Other notable examples of interesting markets of Florence are that of Sant’Ambrogio and the one taking place in the Parco delle Cascine.


Learn real Italian cooking in Florence

So, go the extra mile when in Florence and experience the city’s culinary traditions with this extraordinary offer, and learn more about typical Italian cuisine through this cooking lesson. Please enquiry for pricing.


Tutto Food has as its protagonist the Balsamic Vinegar of Modena

The exhibition Tutto Food, which will take place from the 3rd to the 6th May in Milan, wants its public to taste and know the most prestigious products made in Italy: we are talking about the Balsamic Vinegar (Aceto Balsamico) of Modena IGP and the so called Piadina and Squacquerone of Romagna DOP (soft cheese).


Balsamic vinegar condiment from Modena

You will find the food-tasting at the stand K26-M23 di AICIG, Associazione Italiana Consorzi Indicazioni Geografiche at the pavilion 4 of the Rho Pero exhibition, in the expository area of the exhibition of Milan, adjacent to the pavilions of the Expo 2015, as they are directly associated.

The Quadò Editore team, specialized in culinary publishing, has created especially for this occasion, some delicious cocktails and long drinks red orange and natural blueberry-flavored enriched with the balsamic vinegar. You will have the chance to taste them every day at the stand.

However, you’ll see that the best moment will take place Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th when you’ll admire three cooking shows when the vinegar, called Oro Nero (black gold) will be again the protagonist together with the Consorzio Piadina Romagnola and Associazione Squacquerone di Romagna Dop. Federico Desimoni will represent the group of safeguard Aceto Balsamico of Modena IGP, while the group Piadina Romagnola will be represented by the manager Elio Simoni and the vice manager Moreno Giulianelli.

However, the three special cooking shows won’t be the only occasions where the balsamic Vinegar will be the protagonist: during the exhibition Tutto Food, the new web site of the group will be presented and it has been created by the digital communication agencies Aicod and Mind the Pop.

The main purpose of the new web site is to clearly and directly communicate with the potential costumer, letting him know the peculiarities of the Balsamic Vinegar and even the warranties offered by the group. A special area is consecrated to the recipes created by the students of the Catering Institute of Serramazzoni and by a team of Italian food bloggers.

Identità Golose Expo will have the chance to give to its costumers some tasting of balsamic Vinegar. We are talking about the event that for six months, during the well-known Expo 2015 in Milan, will give the opportunity to many Italian and international chefs to create an innovative, original and refined temporary restaurant.

In any case, the Expo 2015 as well as Tutto Food, won’t be the only important events that will take place in Milan. In a totally different location there will be the Milano design week 2015, and again the Black Gold of Modena will be present.

The showroom of Lea Ceramiche in Via Durini in Milan will become a gourmet gastronomy together with Consorzio Modena a Tavola, Modenatur and Artest.

During all the Expo 2015, each month you’ll have the opportunity to experience any kind of tasting , but to see the balsamic Vinegar as main character you’ll have to wait until August to live the sensorial experience called “Gelato e Aceto Balsamico family drops”; as he name suggests, the vinegar will be associated to the ice cream, and it’s clear that it’s not to be missed.