What an incredible lunch with Alessandro and his sister Maria Teresa Ceci earlier this week at Sorelle Picchi, a Parma culinary institution and one of Emilia’s landmark restaurants and culinary icons!
But when the owner/manager came to take our table’s order, I made the grave mistake of asking for my tagliatelle with ragù. And of course, when in Emilia, the term ragù means ragù alla bolognese.
The gentleman frowned subtly and I could tell that he didn’t approve of my selection.
“Should I get something else?” I asked him politely.
“Well, you should get whatever you like, of course,” he said with a warm smile. “But it’s not the best thing on the menu.”
I was slightly puzzled by this observation: Isn’t everything on the menu good? I mean: Would they put something not good on the menu? Of course not!
He gently suggested that I should get the tagliatelle with culatello and mushrooms (above), a “house speciality” as he put it.
“We are in Parma, after all,” he said grinning broadly.
Needless to say, I wasn’t disappointed!
What a great restaurant! A Parma classic and delicious all around. The green ravioli stuffed with spalla were another revelation, btw.
I can’t recommend it highly enough (and Ceci makes the house Lambrusco for this standby gastronomic icon).
Trattoria Sorelle Picchi
Str. Luigi Carlo Farini 27
43121 Parma, Italy
+39 0521 185 5966