Pampepato: the chocolate special bisquit
In all the patisserie and bakery fresh made or industial in the supermarket
What to buy: A little bit of Pampepato history:
During the 1600s, the nuns of the Corpus Domini convent in Ferrara, drawing on an old recipe created by the great Renaissance cook Cristoforo da Messisbugo, created a cake to send to the great personages of the age. Cocoa had only recently arrived in Europe, thanks to Cortes. It was expensive, a luxury commodity, reserved only for the few and added as if a jewel, a precious powder. In the form of a small pumpkin, the dough enriched with fine almonds or hazelnuts and tasty candied fruit, flavoured with the most fragrant spices and all covered with plain chocolate, the rich cake was ready and became the Pan del Papa (Bread of the Pope). No need to guess to whom this little wonder was dedicated. But through time, poetics or some lost aspect of language the name was transformed into “Pampapato” and “Pampepato”, although it's really not pepato (peppered) at all. For centuries, the two names have lived side by side, but the essence has not changed a bit. It is Ferrara's Christmas cake, its party cake, the cake that best represents the city's richness and refinery.
Ferrara bread: la coppia
In all bakery shop
What to buy: The coppia, the typical bread of Ferrara, has recently received from the EU the I.G.P mark (Protected Geographical Identification).
The "twisted" or "twined" bread, the ancestor of today’s coppia appeared in 1536 during a dinner party offered by Messer Giglio in honour of the Duke of Ferrara.
The famous coppia (in dialect "ciupeta") of Ferrara has a central body called knot or ribbon with two twisted pointed breadsticks attached. Either crusty or soft, with or without olive oil, the bread of Ferrara is a great pride for Italian gastronomy.
Its secret is to be found in the quality of the water and the ingredients, as well as the air humidity, the manufacturing and leavening method and the correct temperature of the oven.
Salama da sugo
In the butcher shop or 'salumerie' ( special salami shop) or in good food markets
What to buy: It was a typicol Cristhmas dishes, now u can find it in many restaurant all the year.
The salama is an unusual mixture of pork meat with spices and red wine, which acquires its unmistakable taste after a long seasoning period, during which it remains either hanging from the ceiling or "resting" under the ashes in a cool, airy and above all dark room.
The salama is still produced according to the tradition and can be bought in many butcher’s shops that guarantee the quality of their products.
To prepare a salama you first have to put it to soak in lukewarm water for a whole night, than wrap it in a thin cloth and hang it to a wooden stick in a pot of water, where it will boil gently for at least five hours without touching the walls or the bottom of the pot.
It is then served hot, the tasty meat soaked in the dense sauce, on a bed of soft potato puree.
Thank to Provincia di Ferrara web page for these infos!
Antichita e collezionismo: Fine antiques shop
In a first place, I was pleasantly surprised by the look of this smal square which obviously hasen't been much changed during the centuries. It is situated just a foot from the church of San Paulo.
In the central position of the Piazzetta there is an fine antiques shop, hold by an enthusiastic Ferrarese, with a lot of interesting collections of vessels from various times.
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Market Day: For Bargains Galore on Mondays in Ferrara
The 2nd day in Ferrara was a Monday; luckey for us, Monday is market day in Ferrara. When they have market day, it is a huge market day.
There are about 4 or 5 locations where tents & campers are set up with all sorts of merchandise. There are clothes for men, women, children, and animals. Also, there are spots which sell kitchen items, linens, watches, jewelry, books, toys, gagets, electronics, and picture frames. I'm sure that there are many more things sold, which I have forgotten about.
The prices are more than fair and so cheap compared to the prices in the retail stores in Ferrara.
What to buy: One can purchase almost anything on Market Day. I purchased a winter cap that was grey and black wool of good quality for 3 Euro. I also purchased a sterling silver bracelet for my sister for 10 Euro.
I was pleased with both of my purchases.
Photograph was taken from Orange Tree Garden in the Castle looking out on one of the areas where, on Mondays, Market Day is held. (this is not a Monday). But, a few of the "tents" are visible on the right in the street.
What to pay: Items ranced from pennies to 100 Euro.
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Di Forlani Luc: Unique Gifts for the Home in Ferrara
A very modern and "hip" shop in Ferrara is called Di Forlani Luca. It has unusual items for the home.
My husband saw lots of great items in the window so we went in to look around. The items were so unusual and the designs were so ultra Italian...the best designers in the world as far as I am concerned.
They are especially good with kitchen items. We saw a wonderful stainless steel wire kitchen utensils set and storage arrangement that we wanted to purchase for our daughter.
The photograph was taken by my husband Allan, and it is of me with the package from the shop that was just purchased as we are walking back to our Bed and Breakfast. They wrapped it beautifully for us.
What to buy: Depending on ones taste, he/she can purchase most any accessories for the home.
A footnote to this purchase:
We carried our gifts in nice handled bags as our carry-on luggage. Forgetting about the kitchen accessory gift, we went through security, and they stopped Allan and had him take every gift out.
Once they asked about this gift, it suddenly dawned on him that it contained sharp instruments and would not be allowed as a carry-on. He had to take it to a special place, and we didn't think we would see it again.
Fortunately, it arrived with our other luggage safe and sound. In Chicago's O'Hare Airport, if we would have done that, they would have confiscated it, and we would never have seen it again!
Thank You Venice Airport Security Workers!5s*
What to pay: Expect to pay between 25 Euro and up
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