Genial proprietor Diego Sorba jettisoned his academic career (he has a Ph.D. 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. Food is simple, based largely on porcine products (and equine as well: people in this part of the world like to eat horse); it's delicious, but 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.