A product and the land where it comes from  October 2010
   

Mantua

Known both for its art and good food (especially the local pumpkins), Mantua is the perfect destination for a weekend away. Stroll through the streets, visit the city’s historic buildings and stop to eat in a casual trattoria or award-winning restaurant

Traveler’s Notebook

Where to sleep, eat and shop

WHERE TO SLEEP

Casa San Domenico
A mix of modern and classic

vicolo Scala, 8
tel. +39 335.259292
Doubles from 200 euro

Armellino
Frescos, antiques and fireplaces

via Cavour, 67
tel. +39 346.3148060
Doubles from 85 euro

WHERE TO EAT

Aquila Nigra
Great flavors and presentations

via Bonacolsi, 4
tel. +39 0376.327180
Dinner starting at 65 euro

Osteria Ai Ranari
Rustic, yet flavorful

via Trieste, 11
tel. +39 0376.328431
Dinner starting at 25 euro

Il cigno dei Martini
Family-run restaurant

piazza d’Arco 1
tel. +39 0376.327101
Dinner starting at 45 euro

WHERE TO SHOP

La Ducale
Jams, mostarda, top quality chocolate and more

via Calvi, 23
tel. +39 0376.321305

Salumeria Bacchi
Local salumi and cheeses

via degli Orefici 16
tel. +39 0376.323765

In Mantua, the piazzas are like living rooms and every building is a work of art. In this elegant, Northern Italian city, you live well and eat even better. The quality of life is very high, the people are well educated and the pace is slow and relaxed. In tune with cultural and artistic trends, Mantua hosts important events and exhibits every year, like the Festivaletteratura, an international literature festival. There are also events celebrating the food traditions of this fertile land, dotted with lakes and flanked by the Mincio River.

The streets of Mantua are insatiable for food and good taste, from the restaurant Aquila Nigra to the delicatessen Bacchi to the Ranari inn. Not only pumpkin tortelli, but also thinly sliced salami, Sbrisolona cake, pike in sauce.

The streets of Mantua are insatiable for food and good taste, from the restaurant Aquila Nigra to the delicatessen Bacchi to the Ranari inn. Not only pumpkin tortelli, but also thinly sliced salami, Sbrisolona cake, pike in sauce.

Di Zucca in Zucca, for example, is a festival dedicated to one of the most loved ingredients in Mantua, the pumpkin.
Until December 8th, visitors to the city can taste pumpkin prepared in various ways, take part in cooking classes and vegetable carving (more information is available at the web site).

The homeland of Virgil, the great Latin poet, and the Gonzaga family boasts beautiful historic buildings that have remained intact for centuries.
Visitors to Mantua can explore them by foot or by bike.
First stop is Palazzo Te, a 16th century masterpiece, followed by Palazzo Ducale, an enormous palace or as city within the city.

As for accomodation in the heart of the city, the B&B Armellino is a perfect mix of charme and peace.

As for accomodation in the heart of the city, the B&B Armellino is a perfect mix of charme and peace.

Also worth a visit are Piazza Sordello and Piazza delle Erbe with its Rotonda San Lorenzo, the city’s oldest church, built in 1082.
The church contains an impressive matroneum and Byzantine frescos.
The city blends itself nicely into the surrounding landscape.

In addition to historic sites, Mantua offers a wide variety of dining options, from elegant, white-tablecloth restaurants to casual osterie.

The Mantuan cuisine is based on simple ingredients prepared with care, mixing tradition with the tastes of today.
Some of the local specialties include bigoli con le sardelle, pasta with sardines, stracotto d’asino, donkey stew, salame con l’aglio, garlic sausage, luccio in salsa, pike in sauce, tortelli di zucca, pumpkin tortelli, and torta sbrisolona, a crumbly cake.
At Acquila Nigra restaurant, you will find elaborate dishes made with top quality ingredients.
Here, the sauce for the pike is made with anchovies, parsley, and capers and is serves with grilled polenta. At Osteria ai Ranari, guests eat off of wooden tables and simple paper tablecloths.
The dishes are similar to those Virgil would have eaten: sorbir d’agnoli, stuffed pasta in broth.
Another classic Mantuan restaurant is Il Cigno dei Martini, located in piazza d’Arco.
The family that runs the restaurant does so with passion for culinary history and research, as well as the reworking of old recipes. In this warm environmant, try the risotto alla pilota, “miller’s rice”, anguilla in carpione, fried and pickled eel, and torta di ricotta, ricotta cake.

Fruit mustard to eat with cold cuts and cheeses, sweets and breathtaking glimpses of the historic center: Mantua is a continuous flow of taste and culture.

Fruit mustard to eat with cold cuts and cheeses, sweets and breathtaking glimpses of the historic center: Mantua is a continuous flow of taste and culture.

And don’t forget to stock up on all the delicious specialty food products of Mantua at Salumeria Bacchi.
Here you will find the best salumi and cheeses.
The best bread, made from an over 90-year-old starter, can be purchased at Panetterie Randon (there are shops located on via Vittorio Emanuele, via XX Settembre, 24 and in via Chiassi, 105).
If you are simply looking for a place for an espresso or a glass of wine, stop by La Ducale, where you can browse the shelves while you wait

Silvia Ugolotti – Photos by Marzia Gandini

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