We made a day trip to Modena and stopped by Bar Schiavoni as I had heard so much about their sandwiches beforehand. Since we already had a lunch reservation at Hosteria Giusti, we picked up 5 sandwiches to go to take back to Bologna for dinner.
We ordered 2 of the famous cotechino, 2 of the Parma ham (aka prosciutto) and fig sandwiches, and 1 of the unique specials, shrimp, pumpkin, and porcini mushrooms. I can't recall which sandwich (maybe the prosciutto and fig?), but one of them had a sesame seed studded roll that was quite dry and crumbly when we finally ate it about 7 hours later or so. The cotechino sandwich traveled much better! I'm sure others won't have this problem as most people are eating the sandwiches immediately, not hours later.
My husband really enjoyed the shrimp, pumpkin, and porcini mushroom one (I took a bite but I'm not a big fan of shrimp to begin with). I hope I got that ingredient combination right. I remember thinking it was an unusual combination, but my husband really wanted to try it.
The cafe is so small that while my husband ordered, my daughters and I waited outside. Luckily, we went before the lunchtime rush so there wasn't a long line. They have a few tables right outside, but I imagine it's not a place to linger given how few tables they have.
I'd happily return here on our next visit to Modena.
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