Tours of the Fini factory can be arranged only for official tour groups, usually those with an interest in the food industry. The company simply does not have the facilities or personnel to escort tourists around its factory.
But if you want to sample the local cuisine, the Finis operate a very good restaurant that features Modenese specialties such as filled pastas, zampone and boiled meats. The meat dishes are traditionally served with delicious relishes flavored with balsamic vinegar.
Reservations are recommended, but be careful in making plans to eat at the Ristorante Fini (Piazzale San Francesco, phone 223-314). It is closed every Monday and Tuesday, as well as from July 29 to Aug. 29 and from Christmas Eve through Jan. 2.
The Finis also sell their products in two shops, at the Piazzale San Francesco and at Via Emilia 55. The shops are open daily -- except Thursday -- from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Remember that pork products cannot be brought back to the United States but cheese can. Fini parmesano reggiano cheese is excellent in quality and well packaged for travel. The price is right, too -- $4 to $5 per pound.
INFORMATION: Chamber of Commerce, Via Ganaceto 134, Modena, phone 22-25-29.