Varzi is world
know for its salami. Varzi salami has recently won the European Union's recognition as a
Denomination of Origin Protected product, as well as that of the Italian State (Law 30 May
1989, no. 224). Varzi salami is still made by small local producers who sell it directly
in their shops scattered around the old town centre.
product is a special almond cake, which being hard can be preserved for
quite a long time. It is sold in local pastry shops.
and vegetable growing has declined in the past few years, Varzi can also be mentioned for
its production of juicy and tasty fruit, particularly red and white apples of the
delicious variety. These are often sold directly by local growers as is honey,
offered by a few dedicated producers.
A typical dish
of the local cuisine certainly is ravioli. The stuffed pasta is home made
mostly on special occasions, such as on New Years Day and Eve, during the Carnival
and on the town patron saint's day (St. George). Both the ravioli stuffing and the sauce
is based on minced beef stewed in red wine with chopped onions, a few bay leaves, a little
nutmeg grating and a handful of salami paste.
festivals: the Salami Festival (first Sunday in June), flea market (July and August every
Sunday; rest of the year last Sunday of the month), the Fruit Festival (first Sunday in
Oct.), theFestival of All Festivals (second Sunday in Oct.) and the Festival of Home Made
Bread at Nivione, the Chestnut Festival at Pietragavina (third Sunday in Oct.)
traditions include processions on St Georges Day (the towns patron saint), on
Chorpus Christis Day, on Good Friday (preceded by visits to Jesus
Tomb). Other special religious services are held on Angels Day (first Sunday
in October) and on the Holy Trinity's Day (first Sunday after Whitsunday) at the Reds Oratory, on the baby Virgin Mary's Day (8th
September) at the Whites Oratory and on New Years
Eve at the Parish Church when Te Deum and Tantum Ergo are sung in Latin on the occasion of
a solemn blessing. Special celebrations also during Mary's Month (May). On St. Antony
Abbas Day (Sunday following the 17th of January) cattle (nowadays mostly horses) blessing
festivals, Liberation Day is celebrated in a particular way, as Varzi proclaimed itself a
partisans republic for a short time during the fascist rule.