The unexpected Italian capital of fine food and fast cars; Jennifer Ceaser; NY Post

Italy – Cathedral, Torre Civica and Piazza Grande, Modena

Overshadowed by powerhouse destinations like Rome and Florence, Modena flies under most travelers’ radars. But given that this northern city is the birthplace of many Italian icons — from balsamic vinegar to Ferrari cars to famed tenor Luciano Pavarotti — there’s no shortage of cultural and culinary riches to discover.

Thanks to its star turn in the most recent season of comedian Aziz Ansari’s Netflix show, “Master of None,” Modena is beginning to see some recognition. With picturesque cobblestone streets and many culinary delights, the UNESCO World Heritage site is ripe for discovery. Here’s some of the best Modena — and its home region, Emilia-Romagna — has to offer.

Irresistible eats

There’s a long waiting list to taste Chef Massimo Bottura’s modern riff on traditional regional cuisine at the three-Michelin-starred Osteria Francescana, ranked number two on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list.

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