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With temperatures dropping towards the end of the year, knowing what to eat in Modena in winter can help keep you warm with some wonderful Italian delicacies. After all, Modena in December or enjoying a New Year break is a chance to embrace the crisp, cool weather and calm ambience.

Modena boasts a wide array of dining options that cater to visitors of all ages, as well as a fine selection of authentic restaurants. Although before we focus on exactly what to eat in Modena in winter, it's worth mentioning the seasonal treats available at the local Christmas market!

Visit the Modena Christmas Market in 2023

Indulge in the December charm at the Modena Christmas Market! Nestled in the bustling heart of the city, this enchanting market brims with festive joy, presenting an array of one-of-a-kind treasures, exquisite crafts, and delectable culinary delights. A delightful experience not to be missed!

Take a leisurely stroll amidst exquisitely adorned stalls, with a steaming cup of mulled wine in hand as you brave the cold air. Discover a captivating array of handmade ornaments and local delicacies, catering to the friends and family on your cherished Christmas list.

Experience the joy of exquisite Italian delights such as panettone and "torrone". Immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere at the Modena Christmas Market and discover that perfect something for your beloved. A wonderful opportunity to embrace the holiday spirit!

What to Eat in Modena in Winter

Modena in winter offers a delightful experience, one that adapts traditional pasta and comes with homely stews and warm desserts.

Tortellini in Brodo 

A supreme culinary heritage is this exquisite creation - which is handcrafted pasta brimming with a savoury blend of meats and cheeses. Indulge in the lovingly simmered goodness of this rich meat broth. Let each delectable bite transport you to the true essence of Modena culture. 

Zampone 

A wonderful tender pork stewed within a succulent pig's leg, served alongside delightful gnocco—crispy fried bread that pairs exquisitely with ham, salami, or any other delightful accompaniment of your choosing.

Parmigiano Reggiano

This is hard cheese protected by the Protected Designation of Origin (DOP) made from raw and semi-skimmed milk. This cheese has been produced since ancient times in areas with abundant fresh grazing for dairy animals. Originally processed in churches and ancient castles with cool, protected cellars. It may not be winter food as such... but is ideal when sat in front of the fire with a nice glass of Italian red wine.

Gnocco Fritto (fried dumpling)

This gorgeous traditional delicacy hails from Emilia Romagna. It is a prized culinary gem that has been treasured and handed down through generations. This delectable treat is made by combining flour, lard, and water, crafting it into diamond shapes, and frying it until golden in hot oil.

Apple Strudel 

This delectable treat is a beloved culinary delight of South Tyrol and a classic Italian dessert. It consists of a tantalizing blend of spiced apple, raisin, and walnut filling, encased within delicate layers of flaky pastry. Indulge in the scrumptious harmony of flavours and textures!

Tiramisù

Undoubtedly one of the most renowned Italian desserts, Tiramisù captivates with its intricate layers of coffee-infused savoiardi (sponge finger biscuits) and luscious cream crafted from mascarpone cheese, eggs, and sugar, occasionally enhanced with a hint of liqueur.

Amaretti Cookies 

Originating from Spilamberto within Modena lies a delectable treat entwined with the region's culinary heritage since the 17th century. Meticulously crafted cookies blend sweet and bitter almonds, embraced by airy egg whites. After all, you need something to go with your hot chocolate!

Book a Winter Food and Drink Tour in Modena with tabl.

Discover the magic of Winter in Modena and indulge in traditional winter cuisine. Looking for an unforgettable food and drink experience? Our dedicated team is here for you! Chat with us live or email [email protected]. If you need something to accompany your local cuisine, then take a look at our recent blog on what to drink in Modena here.


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