Given its reputation for ham and cheese, it is hardly surprising that Parma ham (prosciutto di Parma) and parmigiano-reggiano features strongly on menus, but you will also find other local specialities such as guancia di manzo, cheek of beef. You can eat more cheaply in the bars around Strada Farini, with snacks such as prosciutto stuffed into pastries and other local delights available for around €2 from the many bakeries. Picnic supplies can be bought at the Farmers’ Market by the river on Piazza Ghiaia (Wed & Sat 7am–2pm).

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