Restaurants

Top Choice Gelato in Modena

Gelateria Bloom

Dare we call this Emilia-Romagna's best gelateria? Yes, we dare. Owner Gianluca Degani is fiercely devoted to chemical and additive-free gelato and achieves his creamy magic by adhering to a farm-to-table philosophy…
Top Choice Italian in Modena

Ristorante da Danilo

Speedy waiters glide around balancing bread baskets, wine bottles and pasta dishes in this deliciously traditional dining room where first dates mingle with animated families and office groups on a birthday jaunt. F…
Top Choice Trattoria in Modena

Trattoria Ermes

In business since 1963, this fabulous, affordable little lunch spot is tucked into a single wood-panelled room at the northern edge of downtown Modena. Gregarious patron Ermes Rinaldi runs the place with his wife Br…
Gastronomy in Modena

Osteria Francescana

Reserve months in advance (or pray for a waiting list miracle) at this fabled 11-table restaurant, where reimagined Italian fare is art and tasting menus top out at €250. Owner Massimo Bottura is onto his third Mich…
Italian in Modena

Franceschetta 58

Encased in an old car showroom in Modena’s suburbs, this sister restaurant to Massimo Bottura's fabled Osteria Francescana offers creative, mostly regional Italian with a more moderate price tag and hipper, more cas…
Trattoria in Modena

Trattoria Aldina

Cloistered upstairs in a utilitarian apartment block, Aldina feels like a precious secret guarded loyally by local shoppers from the adjacent produce market. The menu features the kind of no-nonsense homemade grub t…
Market in Modena

Mercato Albinelli

Modena’s covered municipal market cradles a cornucopia of local delights. Foodies should head straight here for Bible-size hunks of parmigiano reggiano, bottles of Vecchia Modena Lambrusco or aged balsamic vinegar, …
Gastronomy in Modena

Hosteria Giusti

With only four tables, a narrow back-alley location, no real signage (you enter via the town's best gourmet deli) and a 90-minute daily opening window, this perplexingly stuffy osteria feels like a real find. It's a…
Modenese in Modena

Bar Schiavoni

Just off the northwest corner of Mercato Albinelli, this lovely cafe run by a pair of adorable sisters specialises in panino al cotechino – small sandwiches which offer a unique way to indulge in Modena's specialty …
Trattoria in Modena

Trattoria Il Fantino

Homemade Modenese miracles are forged in this low-key dining room spread with tortelloni yellow tablecloths and hung with jerseys and racing car photos. A mere €7 gets you an ample-sized appetiser of parmigiano and …