Myself and another Chef will be going to be in Tuscany/Emilio Reggio? for 2 weeks - Bologna, Parma, Modena, Lucca, Florence, etc. - and are looking for recommendations on where to eat - we are hoping to find little hole in the wall/very casual restaurants where the owners would like nothing better than for their guests to leave with bellies full of roasted meats and delightful wine - and if they would let us work in their kitchen for a day, even better - we are here to learn and to eat food.
But where do you recommend? Where should we spend most of our time? Right now, our itenararies are pretty empty so any amount of time for any place is still open - we are leaving the day after Valentines Day and are staying till March 2nd - anything important to note about the food during this time? I've never been outside of the country so I have no idea what to expect - I love northern italian food and have been cooking it for awhile now - just need some pointers for what I'm sure is going to be a memorable/life changing experience for us.
Thank you for all your help, we greatly appreciate it...!!!