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Rubbiara: Osteria di Rubbiara

via Risaia 2 , Phone: 059.549.019

Reviewed by: Bill Sutherland from Italy, review #308

When: 2001

Another of my very, very favorite restaurants.

Directions: You'll sometimes see this listed as in the town of Nonantola, but it is not - it is south of Nonantola. Rubbiara is so tiny, it's difficult to find. Not the same town as Rubiera (near Modena) - but it is nearby.

Osteria di Rubbiara is owned by Italo Pedroni. Sig. Pedroni will do his best to insult you in every way possible, but he truly has a heart of gold. He has won nearly every award possible for his balsamic vinegar and his restaurant has been passed down through his family since it opened in the 1860's.

The entire meal will be fixed family style - and you'd better eat everything on you plate of you'll face Sig. Pedroni's wrath. The meal is always excellent and the price can't be beat. In nice weather, ask to sit outside.

Oh yes, DON'T even try to take a cell phone inside with you. If it goes off during a meal you'll be asked to leave and forbidden to ever return.

After dinner, Sig. Pedroni will bring you several bottles of his homemade liquors to the table. If you are good and try them all, he will bring several more different bottles for you to try - and again several more. As you could guess, my wife always drives home.

One day after lunch, we couldn't understand what one of the liquors was made from. Nearly every patron in the restaurant tried to explain it to us - several kept scratching their arms when they told us what it was. Finally, Sig. Pedroni's son made a telephone call and came back to the table to say, "Poison Ivy". Again, don't let Sig. Pedroni's initial attitude put you off, he is truly a dear, dear man.

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