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Food Coma meet La Tana di Charly , best food in Emilia-Romagna

16.03.2012 No Comments

I love food so much, some times I fall asleep reliving every savory moment from a good meal, and for those who take a trip to Emilia-Romagna, in the province of Modena,  they must head over to La Tana di Charly restaurant. I am not really a reviews kind of person but I had to share this find of mine with everyone who loves and appreciates great Italian food as much as me. I have to also say the countryside of Pavullo nel Frignano was pretty incredible on the eyes as well.

I was basically searching for a good but affordable place to eat in this area since I was finally using a birthday smart-box gift for a “chocolate massage” and “doccia emozionale” ( yes that’s “emoitional shower” which seriously oozes cheesiness )  but hey, a massage is a massage right? Of course we decided that any foray outside of Florence must include a great meal hence our visit to this place on a Thursday for lunch.

When we arrived the family was sitting enjoying lunch inside and Charly took us to the cantina outside for aperitivo, including fresh white wine and local salami’s,  ( even one made with goat meat ),delicious savory cakes and dried meat while Charly joked around about his “Americano” nickname instead of the Italian Carlo.

We headed back inside where Charly asked us what kind of wine we wanted. As always whenever we venture outside of Chiantishire, I really wanted to try whatever was local to the area.  Lambrusco was the most obvious choice , it being Emilia-Romagna and despite my intial reservations from a bad-lambrusco experience we ended up thanking the Italian wine gods as it was delicious, fresh and bubbly.

They brought out some nice appetizers of the usual salamis, prosciutto and some fresh bread for us to kick off what was a fantastic meal.

A quick and mouthwatering appetizer accompanied by an amazing wine
wine and appetizers

Next was a delicious, and seriously I want to eat-it-right-now soup made with legumi, beans, fresh oil and peperoncino and crusty bread to throw inside. We almost licked the bowls but then I decided we had class.

One of the most fascinating and delicious food I've had
hearty mountain soup

Next course was a pasta dish, linguini al coniglio or linguini made with rabbit. It was the perfect size and consistency and really made me start to wonder why I haven’t eaten more rabbit, other than the fact they almost are too cute of an animal to eat.

You can never go wrong with a delicious pasta dish
I wish I could eat the picture

We were very full at this point but when the secondo arrived, we somehow found place in our stomachs to eat most of it. A classic meat dish, tagliata and porchetta with cheese on top accompanied with roasted potatoes and fresh salad. It was divine, and reconfirmed why I could never be a vegetarian again.

This dish completed our amazing experience at this restaurant with this mouthwatering plate
you might be bursting at this point, but you WILL find space for this.

We had a mimosa-type lemon cake as dessert which I especially loved since me & lemon anything is a sure winner. Charly insisted we try some cherry liquor and even though t-man was saying no no no , as soon as it was brought out, he couldn’t resist.

Cherry Liquor that was served to us, is a must try!

Needless to say Charly and me will have to meet again, hopefully sooner rather than later even if the streets to get there can be a little frightening for the light-hearted driver. I always have to remind myself how amazing food can also yes, be found outside of Tuscany ;). We spent about 27 euros a person (fixed-price) which was quite a deal considering the quantity and quality of food we tried.

To check out La Tana di Charly (it’s also a bed & breakfast ) yourself. below is all the info:

Tana di Charly,  Via Signorelli 1, Loc. Querciagrossa,  41026 Pavullo. ( province of Modena) Tel. 053/6324329.


Georgette Jupe is a 'Tuscan Texan' digital social media marketing maven based in Zug, Switzerland and Florence, Italy. When she's not at her day job as editor at ITALY Magazine, she's creating social strategies for international clients and providing travel, foodie & life tips via her blog 'Girl in Florence'. Hobbies include plenty of reading, hiking, beagle cuddles, the hunt for the 'perfect' flat white and laughs with the girls.

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Hi There!

Ciao, I'm a curious American "Tuscan Texan" who has called Florence, Italy home for the past 13 years and now you'll find me between Firenze and Zug, Switzerland. Besides the blog, I am the editor at Italy Magazine and I also work as an established digital social media marketing strategist (5+ years) as well as a freelance writer. You might have seen my articles in Lonely Planet and a feature on my blog in Forbes. This space is my way to share what life is like living and working abroad, as well as provide up-to-date true advice on traveling, eating and living in Europe with tips for weekend trips. I'm married to a wonderful Frenchman and we have a Florentine beagle who rules the household. Keep in touch with our adventures with your favorite glass of franciacorta or espresso!


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