Fodor's Expert Review Ermes

$ Modena Italian

Mercurial host Ermes Rinaldi greets you as you walk in and seats you wherever he happens to have room: it doesn't matter that you might be put with people you don't know, since the host feels this quasi-communal style of lunching encourages conviviality. In the kitchen, Bruna, Ermes's wife, turns out splendid versions of cucina casalinga modenesi (home cooking, Modena-style). Ermes recites the short list of primi and secondi, which change daily and arrive promptly. The accompanying wine is local, simple, and inexpensive: most stick to Lambrusco. It's no surprise that this rough-and-ready place is favored by everyone from suits to construction workers to students. Come early to get a table, and note that neither credit cards nor bookings are accepted.

Italian Emilian Lively Lunch $

Quick Facts

Via Ganaceto 89–91
Modena, Emilia-Romagna  44121, Italy


Known For:
  • Popular with everyone from businesspeople in suits to construction workers
  • Primi and secondi change daily
  • No reservations and no credit cards
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. No dinner

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