Netflix: Season 2
Phil Rosenthal continues his trip from Venice to Modena, where he tries aged balsamic vinegar and meets with Massimo Bottura of the famed Osteria Francescana.
For Part 1: Somebody Feed Phil: Venice
1. La Consorteria 1966
Piazza Giuseppe Mazzini 9
A small shop specializing in balsamic vinegar with an extremely knowledgeable staff on all things related, and also with tastings.
Tasted: 12 and 25-year old balsamic vinegar
Gelato with cherrywood vinegar
2. Bar Tiffany
Via Canalino 58
Small sidewalk cafe serving the gnocco fritto, which is a lightly fried puffy dough to be dipped into the cappuccino or used as a sandwich. Fried in strutto, or pig's lard, this is a specialty of Modena.
Gnocco with mortadella, salami, and prosciutto
3. Osteria Francescana
Via Stella 22
The no.1 ranked restaurant in the world in 2016 and 2018 according to the San Pelligrino's World's 50 Best Restaurant list, Phil spends time with Massimo Bottura for the day and heads to the restaurant's kitchen to try their signature dishes.
Tasted: Tasting menu, including:
Parmigiano reggiano transformed into 5 different expressions - souffle, foam, sauce, air, and cracker
Sea salad - oyster, squid, ink, seaweed, leaf made with mussels
Sole en papillote - with edible sea water paper
Pigeon and meatball with dehydrated sauces
1. Mercado Albinelli
Via Luigi Albinelli 13
The oldest market in Modena selling fresh produce, meats, pasta, baked goods, and cheeses. Both prepared food and fresh food are ready here to take home, and Phil tries the fresh parmesan cheese in the market.
2. Duomo di Modena
Beautiful cathedral with the construction started in 1099. Has stone carvings along the exterior call to give it the nickname "Stone Book" cathedral.