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Did you know that a person from Parma, Italy, is known as a parmigiano in Italian? That gives you an idea of how rich the food culture is in this Northern Italian town, famous around the world for its Parmigiano Reggiano DPO - Prosciutto di Parma DPO - pasta and much more.

Parma is the first Italian city to be declared a World Heritage Site for its gastronomy, by UNESCO just a year ago on December 11, for its food delights that include shops, restaurants, and a network of food museums. Parma is also the headquarters of barilla, the world’s largest pasta company, and Academia Barilla. Which promotes Italy’s rich gastronomic culture around the world.

Recently, the New York Times decided to dedicate an episode of its travel column "36hours" to Parma, dubbing it the home of Parmesan, renowned hams and unique products, which contribute, along with the stately beauty of the ancient Duchy, to a memorable and unforgettable visit dedicated to pleasure.

The Guardian voted Parma the city with the best quality of life in Italy. When one tells people they live in Parma, the response is immediate: “Parma, che bella!” – so beautiful!

“The city is compact and easy to navigate by foot, and you can travel further afield by bike or on the reliable, cheap bus network. A tour of the historic center - starting with the Duomo, Baptistery, and painted ceiling at San Paolo Convent, then heading over the river via Palazzo della Pilotta to the Palazzo Ducale - is fascinating and not too demanding. Whether it’s prosciutto, pasta or parmesan cheese, this city is defined by its food”.

For the occasion of the first Italian Cuisine Week Worldwide, the flavors of Parma are traveling to New York City, in a joint effort of the Mayor of the city of Parma, Federico Pizzarotti, the Parma Alimentare consortium and Barilla Restaurants. Parma Alimentare is the promotional consortium which coordinates the initiative and has the mission of promoting the world famous Food Valley.

Together, they will host a special gastronomic event on November 17thto celebrate the city of Parma at Barilla Restaurant - Herald Square.

Michelin-starred Chef Massimo Spigaroli, will top the event with a creative menu featuring products typical of Parma, including Parmigiano Reggiano DPO, Prosciutto di Parma DPO, Delicius Rizzoli Anchovy Fillets, Coppini Arte Olearia (Olive oil), Lambrusco wine and Barilla Pasta that will surprise the finest palates
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