October 10, 2013 marks the bicentennial of Giuseppe Verdi’s birth.[...] Verdi was born in the small countryside village of Roncole, near Parma, and throughout his life he kept his residence close to where he was born. A passionate farmer, he was also a gourmet, coming from an area known for some of the best Italian delicacies, such as Culatello, Parmigiano Reggiano, Grana Padano, Parma Ham, strolghino, coppa, salame Felino, Spalla di San Secondo, Torta fritta, Spongata, Fontana Wine, Malvasia di Candia.
VerdiVerdi himself wrote about his passion for his native land’s food in the myriad of letters he composed throughout his life, where he talked about cooking tips, recipes and anecdotes from the kitchen. As an ambassador of his land, he sent his friends charcuterie and cheeses and organized convivial lunches in his villa with typical Emilian genuine cuisine. [...]