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Below are stacks of reviews we both received during the past 5 years working with Parma’s Food n Walk and Golosa tours.

Now we want to make Food n Wine tours famous for all the right reasons and give you the best tour of a lifetime.

Thanks again, and we hope to see you again soon.

 

Caterina Conforti and Nick Garrett

FWT

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Barb_C_Cdn_in_TX
Spring, Texas, USA
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18 reviews 18 reviews

Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 starsReviewed August 4, 2012 NEW

Spent a very enjoyable day enjoying the great scenery and wonderful views above Corchia. Day started off by taking a short train ride from Parma to Berceto where I was met by Nick. Drove to the incredibly picturesque village of Corchia, then walked up to old mine shaft, passing by some wild boars on the way. Finished off the morning…More 

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From initial point of contact to emails exchanged post return home; the service received was beyond what could be expected. I took a very vetted approach to who we would end up choosing for our guide throughout Parma and I am exceptionally happy that Nick/Food & Walk Tours was the operator to come out on top prior to us embarking. There were very specific things we wanted to accomplish on our tour and many things we wanted to see. Although most of the other operators (if not all) saw this as an opportunity to quote a higher rate; Nick pleasantly told us he will make anything work, so long as we have the time to do it and without further fees. It is also to note that Nick has the patience of a saint, as the amount of questions we asked prior to booking was quite extensive and beyond that he even helped up figure out the best days and to schedule it  based when we were in town as well as when we had to leave. He really spends the time to make sure your tour is tailored every bit to your liking before you even book.
      From our first initial meeting Nick took us to meet one of the oldest Parmigiano-Reggiano making families in Parma. We watched the entire process and got the grand tour and tasting. Nick knew every detail of the process from the procurent of the whey to the proper way to enjoy/pair the finished product depending on it’s age. His relationship with the people there is what really separates Nick as every one he works with, he has a real connection to. By the special treatment and abundant extra samples given, I’m 100% certain they treated us far better than the other tours that go through there.
     Our second destination was a scenic drive and tour around Parma with a stop at a small cafe known for their sweets in addition to the best Cappuccino in Parma. After our quick morning pick up Nick brought us to the place where the best Prosciutto crudo & Culatello is made. Again another of the storied families who he has a relationship with and again we were the only ones give the private walk of the facilities without so much as an escort. As before he showed us the entire process, from how the meat is chosen to the subsequent stages of spicing, curing, drying and aging. We really got an appreciation of how much time and effort is spent at keeping the quality of the product to the 99.999% degrees (far superior to its look-alike over-seas).
     After the Prosciutto crudo & Culatello tour we got the chance to visit the magnificent Torrechiara Castle and as this was one of the things we requested to see outside of the normal route, Nick made the visit all the more special. He arranged for us to have a full gourmet lunch in the castle itself! We dined on “just made” assorted Tortelli, truffles , local cheeses, Prosciutto, Culatello and sinful deserts, so by all means it was far from a snack. After one of the most amazing meals we had in Italy topped off with a couple bottles of wine, we proceeded to our final destination. Nick took us to the Venturini Baldini Family grounds for a very exclusive tour. We were able to lean about the the family history, the process of making Balsamico, how its takes over 70 Liters to produce just one tiny 10 centiliter bottle…………….and  that’s not even factoring in the aging process of 12-60+ years! After seeing the vineyard and wine bottling station we had the rare pleasure of tasting some of the rarest, oldest and most sought after balsamico in all of Italy. As stated prior I can say with utmost certaintly that being able to taste a dab of the 50 & 60+ year Balsamico’s would have been out of the question with another person showing us around. We got a very rare peek into the grounds and operations of one of the most revered families in Parma all thanks to Food & Walk Tours, needless to say its a life time experience we wont soon forget!
           Knowing we got to experience things no other tours are able to and peek into places most of the public is not allowed was well worth every Euro spent but Nick’s consistency in going above and beyond is where the tours true value lays. I personally may have indulged in one too many bottles bought at the Venturini Baldini residence but none the less wanted some more to share as a gifts as well. Nick arranged for Venturini Baldini to ship a bottle to my friend in Spain and he really took the care to make sure it was done properly. After seeing how thorough our tour day was, never once could I even question if it would get there. That is the difference with Nick as his candor, energy and personality are what really separate him from his peers. The entire day felt as if we spent it with a great friend and not a guide. In closing Nick/Food and Walk Tours is the best option you could possibly have for Parma and or the other areas he guides. You could choose another provider, you may get a better rate (although I highly doubt it) but one thing is certain and that is you will not experience the region to the extent you can with them and their relationships.
Sincerely, ~ Everett Kamin ~

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“AWESOME TOUR-well worth the money!”

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2011
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My husband and I visited Parma specifically for this tour as my husband is a chef and was really interested in visiting the places where he gets food from.
Before I left for my trip, I exchanged multiple emails with Parma G and they were really kind and patient to explain the details of the tour.
We drove to meet Nick directly at the Parma Cheese factory and we were 20 minutes late. Nick was kind enough to wait. It was a relief to follow him after driving and getting lost through europe:)
My advise if you are driving, make sure you study the map before you leave and allow a LOT of time to get lost. The street numbers are not in order so it’s a little hard to find the place.
I had read the previous reviews and they helped me a lot when making the decision to go.
To my surprise the tour was just my husband and I. That was great! It’s really amazing seeing the family working together at the cheese factory. The prosciutto was delicious!!! LOVED the tasting and the place we went was beautiful. The Balsamic tasting was my most surprising. The balsamic is awesome and sweet. Nothing I had ever tried before.
Nick has truly selected the best places you could visit.
Thank you for a great memorable experience!

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“Parma a fabulous way to really see Italy!”

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 30, 2011
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people found this review helpful

We took a culinary trip to Italy last year. (Yes, I’m a procrastinator) Our guide, Nick, picked my husband & me up at our hotel in Parma one morning. We drove to a Parmasano Reggiano farm, where we saw all aspects of cheese making, then sampled some! Then we drove out to a prosciutto processing company. And, had a snack of several prosciuttos! Then, we went to a small Balsamic Vinegar company. Here, we saw the several stages of production & sampled some!! Nick was a great guide–very patient & knowledgeable.He even drove our car, since it has been a looong time since I’ve driven a stick shift, let alone in another country. I was glad that he was Australian, so the language wasn’t distracting. I definitely recommend this company & Nick, & will use them again when traveling in this area of Italy

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Tripadvisor Reviews for FWT Caterina 
Attraction Review – Parma, Italy
5.0 of 5 stars

by msrock911   August 10, 2011

… did a private tour through Parma with our wonderful guide Caterina; and what … … Next onto the Prosciutto di Parma processing center…
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by Anne57Sydney   October 08, 2011

… have done in Italy. The Parma Gelosa Gourmet Tours were so professional and if you want to know about parmersen cheese, parma ham or…
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by ReadyTraveler   November 01, 2007

… I booked a tour with Parma Gourmet … … our hotel by our guide, Caterina, whom we found both knowledgeable and delightful….
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5.0 of 5 stars

by St-Ives-Crown   November 07, 2011

… touch. Our guide, the lovely Caterina, met us … … expensive for what we recieved. All questions were pleasantly answered. It was a…
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MORE REVIEWS – (NICK’s reviews as senior guide with P Golosa)
Attraction Review – Parma, Italy
5.0 of 5 stars

by ahenning   May 25, 2011

… we booked this tour with Parma. Nick … … tasting . . . . find out for yourself. Nick met us at the hotel and we convinced…
Attraction Review – Parma, Italy
5.0 of 5 stars

by Marjorie D   October 24, 2011

Nick gave us wonderfully informative food tours of the Parma region, including Parmigiano reggiano production, prosciutto di Parma and…
Attraction Review – Parma, Italy
5.0 of 5 stars

by camillebox   December 30, 2011

…  Our guide, Nick,…
Attraction Review – Parma, Italy
5.0 of 5 stars

by ILSOGNATORE   June 26, 2010

… switched our plan and had Nick the husband … … our trip not only because Nick was very … … felt rush throughout the day. Nick
Attraction Review – Parma, Italy
4.0 of 5 stars

by kattle32   March 25, 2011

… so that we arrived in Parma on a … … reasons we wanted to visitParma was because … … a few outfits, we chose Parma ….
Attraction Review – Parma, Italy
5.0 of 5 stars

by intljeff   July 05, 2009

… we booked a tour with Parma via email for our one day visit to Parma in mid … … the morning of our tour, Nick from Parma…

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