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Review: I titled this "A Great Experience" because this adventure was more than about the food -- obvious as it is a bed and breakfast located near the Apuan Alps or foothills. This adorable country bed and breakfast is located in the mountains of greater Borgo val di Taro, Italy and takes about a 15-20 minute drive (mostly vertical!) from the train station. It is run by two animal-loving people who make you feel very welcome. I will focus on the food for the sake of space and interest. The location of dinner (and breakfast) was in a gorgeous glass dining room that overlooked the low rolling mountains next to us. Grape vines that came in from the outside garden adorned the inside of the dining room. Our first course were these light, puffed, friend pieces of bread with a strongly lemon hummus. It was a great way to start and a very interesting combination of flavors. Then came the porcini risotto. The porcinis were local and this risotto was the only risotto we had during our stay in Italy but it was excellent and we went through it very quickly. Our main course was a chickpea frittata with onions which had this wild taste. Unfortunately, by this time we were starting to fill up and had trouble making it through our meal with ease! Then came the dessert which was relatively light and was something like a shortbread pie topped with fruit (perhaps elderberries??) preserves on top. This was a great way to end the evening though we were both filled beyond belief. The next day was our breakfast at Paradiso dei Gatti and it was equally as refreshing. Freshly brewed coffee (with soy milk!) and a variety of light breakfast cakes. The place is also surrounded with animals including goats, sheep, dogs, horses, chickens, and, of course, cats. I highly suggest going here if you plan on staying anywhere near Parma or are traveling across the country. It was a nice break from the denser cities and want a greater variety of local foods specific to the area (that are vegan or have a veganized approach).