My digital diary about Modena

by Stefania Fregni

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Modena: 5 traditional restaurants where to eat at least once in your life

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There are special places where to go at least once in your life… they are places to see, to live, to taste.
Every city has ones. They are not simply traditional restaurants in Modena, but they are commercial activities and people that did the story of the city telling its identity through the foods that every day come out from their kitchens.
I’ve collected them in this post because I think they deserve a special mention and a particular place in my heart 😉
These are 6 traditional restaurants in Modena centre where to eat at least once in your life.

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Grandma’s Tortellini

Food & Drink, Stories of Modena - Stefania Fregni - August 21, 2019

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When, in 2015, I wrote this article, I felt I was very fond of it right away. Reasons are many. First of all, because these few lines are dedicated to my lovely grandmother Anna, who passed away in May 2018, but at the time of the writing was 96 year old. She was a special woman who, despite the passing of time, has made everything to respect the good habits of the traditional “rezdora” (a Modenese word to indicate a sort of “queen of the house”). Then, because I will tell you about Tortellini (those of my grandmother) a food that Modenese people have written in their DNA and that represents the tradition especially in this festive period 🙂

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Discovering Modena: a day around Castelvetro, Levizzano and Puianello

Collaborations, Outdoor trips in Modena, Stories of Modena, Video - Stefania Fregni - February 8, 2018

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
[Marcel Proust]

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12 months of My Modena Diary

Stories of Modena, Video - Stefania Fregni - November 17, 2016

“In November 2015 this beautiful adventure began… since then I have traveled a long way!
I rediscovered my city, I observed it, I lived it, I photographed it and I told about it: 12 months of Modena My Diary”

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Gnocco Fritto: a great passion! What it is and how you can prepare it

Food & Drink, Stories of Modena - Stefania Fregni - November 17, 2016

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I love “gnocco fritto”, I can’t resist it! There’s probably something written in my Modenese DNA: when I find myself in front of a little basket full of this fried pastry I’m simply happy 😉

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De Lord’s story: the Modenese pianist

Stories of Modena - Stefania Fregni - April 8, 2016

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As I always say, this blog has given me the possibility, in the last months, to get in touch with so many people and to discover many stories to tell.
One of these is surely that of Christian Carlino, aka “De Lord”, the Modenese pianist who is conquering Europe and Asia.

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How it’s exciting being in a TV program: My Modena Diary goes on air!

Stories of Modena, Video - Stefania Fregni - February 10, 2016

And finally it has happened!
Going on air in a TV program is always very exciting, especially when you are going to talk about your own project 🙂

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Modena street food: the crescentina (tigella) by Or-ma

Food & Drink, Stories of Modena - Stefania Fregni - February 1, 2016

I believe that who thinks that street food is a practice that comes from far away is making a mistake.
If we think about Italian food we can realize how many traditional foods have become perfect street foods over time.
As far as Modena food traditions are concerned, have you ever thought that crescentina (well known as tigella) is one of the first street foods diffused in Modena and then exported all over the world? 😉

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Best wishes for a wonderful 2016 from My Modena Diary | Video

Stories of Modena, Video - Stefania Fregni - December 31, 2015

This is the first “change of year” for My Diary Modena since my blog was born in November (about two months… time goes by so quickly 😉 ).
For this special event, that marks a “new start” for a lot of things to do together, I thought to wish you “Happy New Year” in a particular way.

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So this is Christmas: Modena’s city lights

Not to be missed, Stories of Modena - Stefania Fregni - December 24, 2015

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Christmas has arrived also this year bringing with him its magical atmosphere.

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Travelling into the past: a visit inside the Ex Daytime Hotel in Modena

Stories of Modena - Stefania Fregni - December 19, 2015

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I recently had the pleasure and the luck to make a beautiful visit. A journey into the past in a place of which I had only ever heard.
In this article I bring you to the discovery of the ex Daytime Hotel in Modena.

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My Modena Diary tells Città di Modena its story | Video

Stories of Modena, Video - Stefania Fregni - December 11, 2015

It is really a great pleasure sharing the video (in Italian) dedicated to My Diary Modena project realized ​​by Città di Modena. I’m honored.

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Market stories in Modena: a delicatessen stall with more than 30 years of tradition

Food & Drink, Stories of Modena - Stefania Fregni - November 28, 2015

There are many stalls of Albinelli Market in Modena that deserve to listen to their own the story, probably all. When I walk around the market, in addition to colors and smells, I try to breathe the stories of people who every morning wake up at dawn to go to work. I make myself thousand questions, I try to imagine how many beautiful things they could tell me. And so it did Massimo Manzini, owner since 1984 of Manzini Brothers delicatessen stall. There are so many market stories in Modena….

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Let’s know Francesca Gonzales, the first My Modena diary’s friend

My Diary's friends, Stories of Modena - Stefania Fregni - November 9, 2015

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When I dreamed about creating My Modena Diary project, I never expected to pick up immediatly “on board” someone else. Of course I’ve always thought that working in team is inspiring and motivating. I have always worked with teams. I don’t remember a project in which I was completely alone. I was grown up with the teamwork culture, I’ve played volleyball for most of my life and in this game team is everything.

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My Modena Diary, the adventure begins!

Stories of Modena - Stefania Fregni - November 5, 2015

This is the story of an idea that I had in recent months.
It comes instinctively, like all those things that one feels to do, perhaps because they seems natural or because you already feel them yours.
In this way I have matured the desire to talk about Modena. The city where I live, where I was born and grown up.

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Vintage in Piazza Grande

Shopping, Stories of Modena - Stefania Fregni - October 25, 2015

deeply and unconditionally love vintage, I admit it.
Not only just vintage, but also everything old, old-fashioned, shabby chic etc. I think that this attraction comes from the intrinsic charm simply contained in these words. As if just pronouncing them, you are immediately thrown into a different time dimension, in a fantastic world in which every object is able to tell a unique story, full of emotions.

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