Foodies are spoiled for choice
Even the palate deserves its share, and in Piacenza, there are more ways to satisfy it than one can imagine. Not surprisingly, the region is known for its good food and especially for its good wine since ancient times (Cicero mentions it and extols it in the Licino Sestulo Forum with the words “Vinum merum placentinum laetificat,” meaning “the pure wine of Piacenza delights”).
Cured meats, cheeses, wine, and cuisine were showcased, for example, in the 18th century at the court of King Philip V of Spain, husband of Elisabeth Farnese, and to this day, they continue to delight food lovers throughout Italy and beyond. Anolini, pisarei e fasò, and bomba di riso are the most well-known dishes of the renowned Piacenza cuisine. Furthermore, the region offers a rich selection of PDO and DOCG products.
Cheeses like Grana Padano PDO and Provolone Valpadana PDO are the most famous and widely consumed cheeses in the Piacenza area. Emilia is known as the “kingdom” of pork, but in Piacenza, its sovereignty is absolute, with three PDO cured meats: Coppa, Pancetta, and Salame piacentini.
Appreciated by Cicero, popes, and kings such as Pope Paul III and King Charles III of Spain, up to the present day, the DOC Colli Piacentini wines are now 17 in number (although there is an ongoing redefinition of this classification), including Gutturnio (made from Barbera and Croatina grapes) and Ortrugo.