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Christmas in Parma between gastronomy and traditions: what to eat and where to order Christmas dishes.

Christmas is approaching and brings a great desire for joy and serenity. The Christmas period is magical, a moment of sharing and union, of traditions that are repeated unchanged over time. Family traditions but also traditions of a territory that come to life in the houses of the city and the province.

Inevitably in Parma, Christmas is an eatery festivity that sees families and friends gather at the table, a table laden with the best delicacies typical of this period. Unfortunately, this particular historical period prevents us from being numerous at the table, from hugging and toasting but even if numerically reduced we can always enjoy the goodness of Christmas Parmesan cuisine which is a triumph of flavors and traditional recipes.

If Christmas Eve dinner, as Catholic tradition dictates, is a lean dinner that brings fish such as cod or eel to the Parmesan tables, Christmas lunch is a true triumph of flavors. The first traditional Christmas dish in Parma is anolini in broth, followed by boiled or roasted meat as a main course. The Christmas lunch ends with traditional sweets: spongata, torrone, chocolate, dried fruit. A rich and typical lunch that traditionally takes place with the family, around long tables of tablemates, relatives, friends.


More and more often, however, families choose the restaurant also for Christmas lunch: a moment to share to be pampered with the delicacies of the chefs. And if you can’t go to the restaurant for Christmas this year, the Parma City of Gastronomy restaurateurs still offer you their delights with take-away or home delivery (list being updated):

Ristorante Operaviva
Ristorante Parizzi
Osteria dei Mascalzoni
Ristorante Al Vedel
Trattoria Antichi Sapori
Ristorante Al Fondo
–  Agriturismo Cavalca
Taverna del Castello
Ristorante Vecchia Fucina
Ristorante 12 Monaci
Osteria Antica Rocca
Stuzzicheria Parmigiana
Trattoria La Porta a Viarolo
Ristorante Unicorno 
Trattoria I Du Matt
 Ristorante La Forchetta


And for those who do not want to give up the traditional Christmas lunch but do not have much time available to cook, the delicatessens shops of Parma City of Gastronomy will think of everything with ready meals or preparations of fresh pasta, meat and fish to take home and cook. Discover the Parma City of Gastronomy shops for your tasty shopping!



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