Category: Food and Drink

Alberobello | Where to eat | QuantoBasta Pizza & Dessert

Awesome pizza (and Pugliese pucce) We visit Alberobello between 9 – 12 times over the summer months. One of the challenges is escaping the crowds in the UNESCO trulli zone meandering up the Monti and Aia Piccola districts. Restaurants are packed, and often cater to international tastes with hot dog and hamburger on the menu. […]

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Bari | Where to eat | La Ciclatera Sotto il Mare

Forget what you may have heard about Bari Vecchia being a gritty “no-go” area for locals. Extensive regeneration was undertaken years ago transforming the area into a fine destination for visitors. And while there are sparking, expensively refurbished apartments with amazing terraces overlooking the Adriatic within the old town you can still see and hear […]

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Al Trabucco da Mimì, Peschici

We struggle to think of a more impressive setting we have eaten in, certainly here in Puglia, but also possibly beyond. The OXO Tower terrace has fantastic views up and down the river Thames, likewise the Mondrian Hotel London’s rooftop bar. Dinner in the private dining room at the top of the Montparnasse Tower, while […]

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The whole is greater …

… than the sum of the parts it’s made of. For administrative purposes our region is split into six provinces: Foggia (FG), Barletta-Andria-Trani (BT), Bari (BA), Brindisi (BR), Taranto (TA) and Lecce (LE). Geographically these correspond to Gargano and Daunia, Imperial Puglia, Bari, the Itria Valley, Magna Grecìa, Murgia and Gravine, and Salento as shown on the […]

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Puglia: 100 reasons why #99

In this our #LostYear we continue our sometime series. Puglia – 100 reasons why. In no particular order … #99 – polpo

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Pettole – Puglia’s Christmas tradition

Pettole, deep fried dough balls, are a Christmas tradition in Puglia. Prepared and eaten during the festive period, pettole can be sweet or savoury. The dough is made from flour, potato, yeast, water and salt, and left for a couple of hours at least to rise. They are then deep fried in olive oil and served warm. […]

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For the best pizza in Puglia go to Lecce – and that’s official!

The 3rd annual Italian Pizza Awards, the Oscars of the pizza world, took place in Rome last month. A jury of around 200 food and wine journalists select the best pizzas nationally and regionally, with awards including Best Pizza in Italy, Best Traditional Pizza and Best Regional Pizza. The award for the Best Pizza in […]

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Food, glorious food

Without a doubt, eating in Italy is a highlight of visiting or living here. Italians are passionate about their cuisine. Indeed, there is a close link between cuisine and family. Recipes are passed down the generations from mother to daughter (it is still unusual to find Italian men cooking – even into adulthood they are […]

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Olive harvest 2019

This year the olive trees in Salento are starting to drop their fruit earlier than usual. This means that we are likely to have less olive oil, as the olives are falling before becoming fully ripe. We harvest our olives using the most traditional of methods. The ground around the tree is compacted so that […]

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