Reggio Emilia – City of a Hundred Languages


The child
is made of one hundred.
The child has
a hundred languages
a hundred hands
a hundred thoughts
a hundred ways of thinking
of playing, of speaking.
A hundred always a hundred…

from the poem “No way. The hundred is there.”
by Loris Malaguzzi. Translated by Lella Gandini





The hundred languages are the endless number of children’s potentials, their ability to wonder and to inquire.


The hundred languages remind us that there are multiple ways of seeing and multiple ways of being.


The internationally acclaimed educational excellence of the preschools and infant-toddler centres of Reggio Emilia now shares with the city some of its distinctive features: an aptitude for inquiry, a warmth of welcome, care for spaces and the relationships that form within them.


The Reggio Emilia City of Hundred Languages project was designed to uphold everyone’s right to well-being. In order for children to feel well in the city, everybody also has to feel well. We believe that a homely place for a child is a homely place for all people.






The point of departure and experimentation for this project is the historical city centre with its many restaurants, pizzerias, cafès, pastry and ice cream shops. We hope that the project stimulates curiosity and the motivation to explore yet other places and spaces around the city.


In the initial phase of development the theme of providing a quality reception at the table was foregrounded, as supported by the necessary attention given to environmental comfort and to those services related to children’s and adults’ well-being at the table. Of course, one important aspect which cannot be ignored is the quality of the food itself.


Restaurants and eating places list


Restaurants, trattorias and pizzerias

Cadauno, Caffè Arti e Mestieri, Condor, Giardino, Il Pozzo, L’Angelo, Officina Gastronomica, Piccola Piedigrotta, Prospero, A Mangiare,

Delle Notarie, I Malavoglia, Sotto Broletto, La Morina, Sipario, Tirabusson, Vecchia Reggio… del Carbone, La Combriccola


Cafès and pastry shops

Antica caffetteria Tropical, Bar Duomo, Caffè del Torrazzo, Caffetteria Giada, Deseo Café, I Fratellini, Il Bar della Libreria all’Arco, Mascotte Café, Pasticceria Antica Resti, Pasticceria Ligabue, Scheridan’s Caffè


Ice cream and yogurt parlours

Armando’s delizie creative and La Scintilla




Requirements for a quality welcome

Environmental comfort and equipment

• safe table arrangement
• spacious and easy movement around tables
• sound-proof environment
• care for breastfeeding mothers
• baby stroller parking area
• high chairs, adapters and seats
• children’s eating set (plates, boxes, cutlery)
• equipment for hygiene and toilet training
• bottle and babyfood warmer


• children’s menu
• half-portions
• children’s breakfast and snacks
• illustrated menu in Italian, English and other languages
• quality ingredients
• information on the ingredients
• report on the sources of agriculture and
• livestock products available



• help in choosing from the menu
• meals served at the same time for both adults and children
• professional development of service staff
• option of paying the bill at the table
• promotional evenings for families
• programs for special occasions spacer



• ideas for enjoying your time while waiting for meals




Downloas The guide




A project promoted by

Municipality of Reggio Emilia

Loris Malaguzzi International Centre

Reggio Children

Preschool and Infant-Toddler Centres – Istituzione del Comune di Reggio Emilia

International Association Friends of Reggio Children


In collaboration with






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