Fodor's Expert Review Hosteria Giusti

$$$ Modena Italian Fodor's Choice

In the back room of the Salumeria Giusti, established in 1605 and reportedly the world's oldest deli, you'll find just four tables in a room tastefully done with antique furnishings. You'll also find some of the best food in Emilia-Romagna—perfectly executed takes on traditional dishes such as gnocco fritto (fried dough) topped with pancetta or prosciutto, and anolini in brodo (possibly the most fragrant broth in the world). If you're tempted by too many things, half portions may be available. Just leave room for dessert, especially la tassina: served in a little espresso cup, it bursts with chocolate, anise, and egg. The wine list is divine, as are the staff. Reserve well ahead.

Italian Emilian Service Intimate Lunch $$$ Fodor's Choice

Quick Facts

Vicolo Squallore 46
Modena, Emilia-Romagna  41121, Italy


Known For:
  • Gnocco fritto (fried dough) with salumi (cured meats)
  • Outstanding pastas
  • Diminutive size (just four tables)
  • Fabulous traditional food
  • Tiny place, so reserve well ahead
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon., and Dec.–Jan. 10. No dinner

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