The Nora-Tassi family has been operating this cheerful and crowded no-frills trattoria since 1950. Enzo and son Giovanni run the front, and Argia, Enzo's wife, makes all the tasty desserts. It's packed with Modenesi eager to eat terrific food at relatively inexpensive prices. The tortellini in brodo makes an excellent starter, as does maccheroncini di Enzo (macaroni in a minced veal-prosciutto ragù). The bollito misto comes with the usual salsa verde and mostarda
(a fruit condiment) made in house. Many meats are served al balsamico—and since you're in the town that gave the world this precious commodity, why not indulge? Wash it down with the local wine, which happens to be a frizzy Lambrusco served slightly chilled. Note that the trattoria is up two flights of stairs.
Via Coltellini 17, Modena, 44110, Italy