Everywhere Aziz Ansari Ate in Modena in Master Of None Season 2

By Ruchika Agarwal October 25, 2017
Eating in Italy is our favourite thing! Image: Master of None on Netflix

Lonely Planet has said that “If Italy were a meal, Modena would be the main course.” It is no wonder then that Aziz Ansari, comedian/writer/actor/foodie extraordinaire found his way there in the first two episodes in his second season as Dev – the quintessential millennial struggling to come to terms with career, love and cultural identity.

And just like the issues the show tackles, the restaurants are very real. If you ever find your self in that corner of the world, don’t hesitate to trace Dev’s delicious steps.

Boutique del Tortellino

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This is where Dev spends his time as an apprentice learning the fine art of making the perfect tortellini. Don’t want to learn to cook? Grab a portion of their Tortellini di ricotta burro e salvia to go for 5 Euro. Tortellini is the traditional dish of Modena, so we know it has to be the real deal!

MENOMOKA

This is where Dev meet with his Italian crew – Francesco, Pino and Ale. They chat over a cup of coffee, and that is exactly what this small place is known for. The cafe even has an outdoor area to enjoy La Dolce Vita and a 1-Euro cup of espresso in when the weather is beautiful. Fun fact: MENOMOKA tops TripAdvisor’s list for nightlife in Modena.

Hosteria Giusti

This four-table, reservation-only restaurant has a menu that changes with the season to match the produce available. They also serve dishes that Modena is known for – fried dumplings with salami, sweet capon salad with Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale (a traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena that takes up to 12 years to make)  and minestrone fritters.

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Dev stops with his new friend/date Sara to grab a drink at this wine bar after their delicious meal. And honestly, we would too. You know what they say, when in Italy, always eat. And when you’re not eating, drink wine!

Enoteca Compagnia del Taglio

This is the historic wine cellar where Dev celebrated his birthday with his friends. They serve over 500 Italian and foreign wines and bites made by local craftsmen and with locally sourced ingredients. That’s 500 + reasons to head to Enoteca Compagnia del Taglio!

Mercato Albinelli

Like every town/city/village in Europe, Modena has its food market hall. The second episode shows Dev and his big bud Arnie strolling through Mercato Albinelli. The merchants let Dev try free samples – something reserved only for regular customers and friends. Try the Zampone – a traditional Modenese sausage made with chicken and minced, spicy pork meat. If this was not enough to make you want to go here, Mercato Albinelli was also seen in the first episode of Chef’s Table, that followed Chef Massimo Bottura of Osteria Francescana.
Big Bud and Little Bud head to this joint, just outside the market, that is known for its delicious sausage sandwiches – panino al cotechino. It is a great way to enjoy Modena’s speciality pork sausage with parmesan cream, pears and Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale. I hear that it is tradition to get a boomerang kissing the sandwich to send out to all your Tinder chats with a “Hey Cutie!”

Osteria Francescana

This restaurant is one of the most famous restaurants in Modena. Not only does it hold three Michelin stars, but it was also rated as the World’s Best Restaurant in 2016. Dev and Arnie manage to dine in the cellar of the restaurant in the episode, even without a reservation because of a crazy connection with someone Arnie knows. But that area usually off-limits for customers, and we aren’t lucky enough to have a mate like Arnie. So, make sure to make your reservations online in advance if you do choose to head there for what could be the best meal of your life.

What are you waiting for? Book your flight, pack your bag, and get going on the foodie adventure the Master of None team so kindly crafted for us! #EatingInItalyIsMyFavouriteThing