Genial proprietor Diego Sorba jettisoned his academic career (he has a PhD in Irish literature) to follow his true calling—wine and food. His little wine bar on one of Parma's main drags has a couple of keg tables outside, a few stools on the ground floor, and a communal table upstairs. The simple food, based largely on porcine products (equine as well: people in this part of the world like to eat horse), is delicious but is meant mainly to pair with, and accentuate, the fine wines on offer. There are plenty of seriously good Italian wines to choose from, and there are also a fair number of French wines. The place is convivial, lively, and full of locals.