Emilia Romagna is the Italian region with the largest number of P.D.O (Protected Denomination of Origin) and P.G.I (Protected Geographical Indication) products.

What do P.D.O and P.G.I mean?
P.D.O - Protected designation of Origin
P.D.O is a trademark of legal protection of the designation of origin which is awarded by law to food and wines which have particular characteristics due mainly or exclusively to the area in which they are produced.
The geographical environment includes both natural (such as climate, environmental characteristics) and human factors (production techniques passed down over time, craftsmanship and savoir-faire), which, when combined together produce a unique product which cannot be replicated outside of a given area of production.
For a product to be awarded the P.D.O status, the phases of production, processing and preparation must take place within a defined geographical area.
A producer of P.D.O products must follow the strict rules of production set out in the production regulations. Compliance of these rules is checked by a specific body.
I.G.P. - Protected Geographical Indication
The protected geographical origin status which in Italy is called I.G.P. is a mark of origin that is normally attributed to agricultural and food products which have a certain quality, reputation or other characteristic resulting from the defined geographical area in which they are produced, processed and/or prepared. To get I.G.P. mark, at least one stage of production must be carried out in a specific area. Producers of I.G.P. products must follow the strict rules set out in the production regulations. Compliance of these rules is checked by a specific body.

Emilia Romagna’s PDO Products (Protected Denomination of Origin)

Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Reggio Emilia
Coppa Piacentina (Piacenza Cured Pork Neck) Culatello di Zibello Ham
Grana Padano Cheese Colline di Romagna (Romagna's hills) Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Brisighella Extra Virgin Olive Oil Pancetta Piacentina (Piacenza Bacon)
Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese Modena Ham
Parma Ham Provolone Cheese
Salame Piacentino (Piacenza Salami) Salamini italiani alla cacciatora (typical Italian salami)
Squacquerone di Romagna cheese Sogliano Pit-aged Cheese
Bologna Potato Voghiera Garlic


Emilia Romagna’s IGP Products (Protected Geographical Indication)

Altedo Green Asparagus Coppia Ferrarese Bread
Cotechino Modena (a fresh sausage made from pork) Borgotaro Mushroom
Marrone di Castel del Rio (typical chestnuts) Mortadella Bologna
Emilia-Romagna Pears Romagna Peach and Nectarine
Romagna Shallots Amarene Brusche di Modena (typical jam)
Zampone Modena (with minced pork meat and spices) Balsamic Vinegar of Modena
Po Delta Rice Cherry of Vignola
Felino Salami Parma Cured Pork Neck
Piadina romagnola bread Salama da sugo

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