Preserving traditional and regional products and cooking, Slow Food was established in the 80s in Italy. It’s all about reducing the carbon footprint of the food industry by utilising the products near you. Another important aspect is the preservation of traditional and local food products and the correct traditional preparation techniques. A true opposite of Fast Food!
The popular Slow Food movement has definitely spread well across the world, many of our City bloggers have written about their favorite places. Here we’ll share a small selection of 10 great places to dine or shop Slow Food style!
1. Mercati della Terra – Slow food organic market
Pictured above is Juliana’s favorite Slow Food market in Milan, the Mercati della Terra. The Earth Market, as it translates to, is a network of farmers that embraces the philosophy of preserving traditional and regional cuisine, sustainable food and small local businesses.
2. Szara Cegła – Coffee and design
Szara Cegła is Valhalla for all Slow Food and good coffee fans. With meetings and workshops concerning Slow Food, and co-organising Le Targ, a market of healthy & slow food, Szara Cegła brings local food providers closer to you.
3. Fontaine Delisnack – Slow fast food
Anete’s favorite place for Slow Food in Riga is definitely Fontaine Delisnack. As it’s open 24 hours daily, you can always get a dose of delicious Slow Food from their very large menu.
4. Can Josep – Can Josep cook? Is the Pope Catholic?
Chef Josep abides by the Slow Food movement in his food shopping and final preparations. With seasonal variations, Can Josep is a popular locals’ destination.
5. Librería A Punto – The centre of slow food in Spain
Librería A Punto is the official headquarters of the Slow Food Movement in Spain. People come here to meet, eat, drink, cook or read. With a demonstration and teaching area, a specialized bookshop and regular tasting sessions there are plenty of reasons to stop by here.
6. Pire Slow Food – Simply good
Svetlana’s favorite in Belgrade, Pire Slow Food!
“There are many restaurants I like going to, but the fact is that the food at Pire is the most similar to my own taste – on the lighter side, fresh and -well- simple.”
7. Neolokal – Local food continues to rise
Serra Ardem sums up Neolokal: “At Neolokal, as the name indicates, all ingredients are local and seasonal. […] uses Slow Food Presidia and Ark of Taste products, a sign of respect for Mother Earth as well as local producers and cultural heritages.”
8. Kanapa – Deeply sophisticated and Ukrainian
“Kanapa is definitely right if you want a classy and fancy evening out with a taste of genuine Ukraine with a modern touch. The venue is a result of accurate work with Ukrainian cuisine history books and the use of the up-to-date cooking techniques. The main idea […] is to use local products and the ones rarely used nowadays to cook” – Olena Ardatova
9. 485˚ – The reinvention of pizza
485˚ Cologne is well known among locals, and according to Micha it’s one of the best pizzerias he’s visited in the last couple of years. The concept, of course, is Slow Food. In fact, Pizza is slow food. Heated at, you guessed it, 485˚, and with only the best regional products from Southern Italy.
10. Cascina Cucagna – Food and leisure at a farmhouse
It only seems fitting to start and end this small selection of Slow Food places in Europe, with another tip from Juliana de Lima, Cascina Cucagna.
“The quality of living green, slow food, “kilometro zero” (which signifies local, low impact primary ingredients, including meats, cheeses, grains, honey products that arrive from local farms and organic wine, to give some examples) are the main mottos of this 17th century recovered farmhouse, in the middle of the city.”
Have you experienced the food at any of these places, or do you have another personal favorite? Remember, this is just a small selection and there are many more delicious places out there!