REGION OF PUGLIA

On Thursday the 27th September we are looking forward to have you try our five course menu plus pairing wines all from the beautiful region of Puglia. Our successful Regional Food and Wine Tour Around Italy continues to impress lots of new Customers plus the many regulars that return for every Region.

Puglia, also known as Apulia, is the most southeastern region, occupying the ‘heel’ of the ‘boot’ of Italy. Puglia can surely now take its place in the first rank of Italy’s famous regions. Clearly, everything the Italophile craves is there in abundance: ancient towns heavy with the tangible past; extravagant churches dreamt up by Europe’s finest architects; the footprints of an endless procession of conquerors and cultures, stamped in stone, gold and marble; seas of olives; olive-green seas; and food the equal of any in Italy. Travellers bored or worn down by the crowds of Campania and Tuscany can find still release in the baroque splendour of Lecce, ‘Florence of the South’, or one of many lesser (but no less beautiful) Pugliese towns.

FOOD

Many regions in Italy claim to the best food, but Puglia could comfortably assume the title. Pugliese cuisine is cucina povera (literally “poor cuisine”) and fish, offal and vegetables feature strongly. The bread is the best in Italy (there are over 100 types of bread in the Salentine alone) and includes the regional speciality taralli (a kind of Italian pretzel), traditionally softened with olive oil and sprinkled with chopped tomatoes. Other Pugliese specialities include gnumerieddi (lamb’s intestines) and orecchiette con la rape, small ear-shaped pasta with green turnip tops. If rumours are to be believed, the Shah of Iran was so addicted to the region’s divine burrata cheese that he had it flown over on a regular basis.

WINE

Puglia has produced wine since Greek times, although until recently it was quantity not quality that mattered. Now that’s beginning to change and one of the labels to look out for is a Manduria produced by the Cosimo Taurino vineyard. It also makes Patriglione, one of Puglia’s most highly regarded and expensive reds. Puglia is one of Italy’s biggest producer of wine. … Almost exclusively cultivated in Puglia, Negroamaro is used to produce some of the region’s best wines, including Salice Salentino.

Hopefully many of you will be able to attend an other amazing Food and Wine Tour Around Italy!

For more information or any questions, please feel free to call us on 01279 79 2002 or email us at info@marcositalianrestaurant.co.uk.

Marco & Team

 

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