I woke up one Saturday morning wanting to do something, full of energy and ready to find out something, but, it was raining and the weather really bad, so what to do? Stay at home to do nothing or get out anyway? Suddenly I had a stroke of genius and I remembered FICO. What could be better than eating fantastic food and drinking delicious wine or a beer on a sad rainy day, and discovering new things?
What is FICO?
Fico is a gastronomic theme park. To be more specific I can say that FICO promotes the culture of food and excellent products; you can find restaurants, shops, factories and demonstrations to learn more about this huge thing that and food for Italy.
Where FICO is?
The big food park is situated in the region of Emilia Romagna in particularly outside Bologna. I am from the Veneto region so, for me was really easy and quick, with the motorway in 1 hour and 50 minutes I was there. Anyway, if you take the motorway you need to take the exit Bologna Arcoveggio and from there, there are plenty of signs for FICO.
What to do in FICO?
As I already say FICO focus on Italian food products; it helps you discover some gems of our cuisine that are excellent and renowned. But not only there are also some outside spaces where you can see various crops, such as the olive grove, the vineyard, the orchard and also a greenhouse of citrus. Also, there is a farm with various friendly animals to which you can feed them.
You can discover FICO with a tour guide. I highly recommend doing so because it gives you a full idea of the aim of the park and also they explain to you things that not everyone knows. The tour took 45 minutes and it started with an explanation of why food is important for our body and why the pyramid alimentary is important for us. It continues around the park with the explanations of the products; from mortadella to wine through the wonderful and renowned balsamic vinegar finishing with a roundup of sweets and confetti of all kinds. Not to mention the queen of all Italian tables; her majesty the fresh pasta. The tour moves also to the outside areas talking about the various crops and also about the animals that populate the farm. My tour guide was amazing; very charismatic, enthusiastic and very interested in food.
And, after the tour, it is time to eat something. FICO is divided into sectors, fresh pasta, cold cuts as mortadella, salame Calabro, sweet like cassata siciliana or confetti, wine, beer, oil, Aceto Balsamico and Tartufo; you can taste everything! There are places where you can seat and others where you can buy and bring the elite Italian products at home, the prices are a little bit more expensive than other places but you are going to pay the full experience and this for me has no price.
I am going to tell you a curiosity that the tour guide told us because it is very interesting and it is one of those things that I will always remember.
In the beginning, Mortadella was just for rich people because was a grind of pork meat and pork fat made by hand; only in the ‘800 did the Mortadella start to be cheap and more people could afford it. It is narrated that for this reason, noblemans decided to add to the pork meat also some pistachio known as an expensive ingredient. For this reason, we have smooth mortadella and mortadella with pistachio.
Do you like Italian food? Which is your favorite dish?