Archivio | Food and wines RSS feed for this section

“Routes of taste” in Salento: Zollino, Spongano, Seclì e Ortelle

18 Lug

In local inns or in the most elegant restaurants, the typical cuisine of Salento is a real art that is celebrated on every self-respecting table. From fish dishes, in coastal resorts, to grilled meat typical of the hinterland, you will only have to choose and you will discover, through the flavors, a fundamental part of this land. In this “road map of taste” we advise you where to go and what to eat.

ZOLLINO – In the countryside of Zollino, the selection of the seeds by local farmers has made it possible to preserve some particular types of legumes that enjoy the De.Co. “Pisello nano” and broad bean (with a more flattened appearance and a pod with no more than 5 seeds) are included in the traditional agri-food productions of the Apulia Region. Also famous are chickpea, black chickpea, lentils and white beans.

But Zollino is not just a land of legumes. The symbol of this village is the “scéblasti”, a dough of bread seasoned with courgettes, olives, onions, capers and chilli which in griko means “without shape”.

SPONGANO – It is the homeland of “cunserva mara“, a tasty homemade preserve obtained from the sun drying of sweet peppers, hot peppers and tomatoes, which are then mixed in a perfect sauce to be spread on wheat bread or bruschetta.

SECLI’– It is the village famous for the “bits” of horse meat, to which a festival is dedicated every year after August 15th. The main course is accompanied by other recipes, always based on horse meat, prepared by the butchers of the town.

ORTELLE – In October Ortelle, on the occasion of the feast of San Vito, celebrates the pig Or.Vi., raised according to ancient methods following a specific protocol. The result is a delicate and tasty meat, with which sausage, ribs, skewers and capocollo are packaged for grilling or boiled or with sauce. Typical of Ortelle is also the “pirilla”, a homemade bread flavored with pieces of tomato, pumpkin, onion, black olives and, sometimes, raisins.

To find out where to stay to visit these and other villages in Salento, take a look here:

Holiday houses –> https://www.villainpuglia.it/EN/Home

Holiday villas –> https://www.villesalento.it/index.html#/    

For further information:

e-mail –> info@villesalento.it

phones –> (+39) 392/0202233 – (+39) 328/4617633

“Routes of taste” in Salento: Maglie, Lecce, Cannole e Uggiano La Chiesa

11 Lug

From “Pasticiotto” to “caffè in ghiaccio”, from “Rustico” to “Tajeddhra”: there are many typical dishes of Salento that tell a part of the history and traditions of this land. From recipes to local products, we trace a “road map of taste” through the villages of gastronomic excellence.

MAGLIE – The village hosts every year, in early August, “Mercatino del gusto“, a festival in which the flavors of the traditional cuisine of Salento are celebrated, but not only. In those days you can smell the scents and aromas of local products.

PRODUCTS – Maglie produces its renowned pecorino cheese. Whether fresh or aged, sheep’s cheese is obtained from a production process that has been handed down over the centuries. If aged for a few days, it has a soft, light yellow paste. After a long maturation, however, it has a wrinkled, leathery crust and a hard straw yellow interior: highly recommended on pasta with sauce!

LECCE – It is the main seat of the most precious architectural jewels of this land. But Lecce not only offers an artistic heritage, it is also the place where you can taste some typical dishes, which have now become famous beyond the borders of the Salento peninsula.

THE PRODUCTS – Pasticciotto is a sweet of shortcrust pastry that opens up all the sweetness of the custard inside; Cotognata is a kind of solid jam cut into blocks that comes from quince apples; Rustico is a rotisserie product made of puff pastry and stuffed with bechamel, mozzarella, tomato and a pinch of pepper that all the local people from Lecce prefer for a snack.

With the pasta di mandorla (almond pastry), at Christmas and at Easter, locals make the traditional sweets of fish shape (at Christmas) and lamb shape (at Easter). Sanguinaccio is a product of Salento gastronomic tradition based on seasoned, flavored pork blood, stuffed into the intestines of the same animal and cooked.

CANNOLE – Small town a few kilometers from the much more famous Otranto, Cànnole owes its fame mainly to the “municeddha” festival which takes place every year in August.

THE PRODUCTS – The tradition of eating snails has been celebrated since 1985 when the idea of ​​a party dedicated to it was born. The idea is inspired by the “cuzzari“, the name by which the inhabitants of Cannole were called snail-gatherers. During the festival, the snail is prepared according to various recipes: fried, roasted and with sauce.

UGGIANO LA CHIESA – Framed by olive groves and countryside, Uggiano la Chiesa is the “Village of Bread and Oil”.

THE PRODUCTS – Every September, on the occasion of the Fair of the Village of Bread and Oil, it is possible to taste the fragrant loaves, accompanied by other typical culinary specialties.

To find out where to stay to visit these and other villages in Salento, take a look here:

Holiday houses –> https://www.villainpuglia.it/EN/Home  

Holiday villas –> https://www.villesalento.it/index.html#/

For further information:

e-mail –> info@villesalento.it

phones –> (+39) 392/0202233 – (+39) 328/4617633

Wine and olive oil routes in Salento: Morciano di Leuca, Specchia and Alezio

4 Lug
tag

From the northernmost municipality to the southest part of Salento, wine and olive oil are the traditional products of this land. Production is not only a link with the past, but also a synonym of quality. A brief overview of the centers of Salento excellence will guide you in choosing the DOC products to enjoy the true flavor of this land. Let’s discover the wine and olive oil routes in Morciano di Leuca, Specchia and Alezio.

MORCIANO DI LEUCA –Located in the extreme edge of the Salento peninsula, Morciano di Leuca is 64 km from Lecce. The historic center is dominated by the imposing castle, with high crenellated walls and a circular tower. Worth a visit the facade of the Church of the Madonna del Carmine, also known as “de lu cumentu”. From the glass panes of the square you can see the underground oil mill and the grain pits.

OLIVE OIL –There are 18 underground oil mills that testify to the ancient link between Morciano and oil. Some of them date back to the ninth century and many were obtained from the granaries of the Messapian era. Near the parish church you can admire an ancient stone mill for olives. Today there are many small and large farms as well as individuals who produce and sell quality olive oil.

ALEZIO – Cradle of the ancient Messapian civilization, Alezio rises a few kilometers from Gallipoli and houses one of the most important archaeological collections on the Messapi, in the rooms of the eighteenth-century Palazzo Tafuri, once a stately home owned by a noble Gallipoli family. Its rooms contain funerary objects and ancient finds, including balsam pieces, trozzelle and terracotta deities. In front of the museum, there is also the Archaeological Park.

THE WINE – Alezio gives its name to a doc wine to be tasted in two variations, both from the Negroamaro grape: the Alezio Rosso, with its warm and bitter taste, and the Rosato, drier and more velvety.

SPECCHIA – A timeless municipality, Specchia, 54 km from Lecce, is among the most beautiful villages in Italy, deserving to have been able to recover and enhance its architectural jewels. Today the ancient village is a characteristic widespread hotel, the heart of which is represented by the Risolo Castle, together with the Mother Church and the former Convent of the Black Franciscans.

OLIVE OIL – The underground oil mills of Specchia, ancient evidence of the town’s olive production, are still perfectly preserved today. The municipality is also part of the “Jonica – Antica Terra d’Otranto” Oil Road and its extra virgin olive oil is among the best in the region. Recently, the producers came together under a single label identified with the “De.C.O. Specchia ”(Municipal Designation of Origin), affixed to each bottle of oil produced in the country.

If you want to visit Salento and spend your holiday in wonderful houses or villas, click below:

Holiday houses –> https://www.villainpuglia.it/EN/Home

Holiday villas –> https://www.villesalento.it/index.html#/

For further information:

e-mail –> info@villesalento.it

phones –> (+39) 392/0202233 – (+39) 328/4617633

Wine and olive oil routes in Salento: Novoli and Squinzano

27 Giu

Red, rosé and white, Salento wine is a product of quality and tradition. Similarly, the olive oil is called “yellow gold” due to its truly precious properties. Almost every town in Salento has its own production of oil and wine: a brief overview of the centers of Salento excellence will guide you in choosing the DOC products to enjoy the true flavor of this land. Let’s discover the wine and olive oil routes in Novoli and Squinzano.

NOVOLI– It is the “town of fire”, because every January the Patron Saint Sant’Antonio Abate is celebrated with the lighting of the “Fòcara“, a mountain of faggots that are lit with a fireworks display unique in the world. In the heart of the village stands the ancient Church of the Immaculate Conception, which preserves a Byzantine fresco from the early 14th century of the Madonna enthroned with the Child.

THE WINE –The Novoli countryside is almost entirely planted with vineyards, a feature that has very ancient roots. As evidence of this, the coat of arms of the municipality itself, depicting three bunches of grapes hanging from a branch.

SQUINZANO – Just 17 km north of Lecce, the town is characterized by the presence of numerous churches, from the Mother Church dedicated to St. Nicholas with the Baroque style facade to the 16th century Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. On the greenhouse towards Campi Salentina, the Convent of Sant’Elia stands in a panoramic position, hosting conferences and cultural events. In via Monte Grappa, on the other hand, the ancient noble residence of Villa Cleopazzo in Art Nouveau style appears, today the scene of summer events.

THE WINE –The “Squinzano” doc (denomination of controlled origin) was established in 1976 and offers wines such as Negroamaro and Malvasia, rosé and susumaniello, new wine and Chardonnay, excellent to accompany traditional Salento dishes.

OLIVE OIL – Squinzano is also a land of vast olive groves where olive oil is produced. Celebrating the town’s agricultural vocation is the small Museum of oil and wine.

If you want to visit Salento and spend your holiday in wonderful houses or villas, click below:

Holiday houses –> https://www.villainpuglia.it/EN/Home

Holiday villas –> https://www.villesalento.it/index.html#/           

For further information:

e-mail –> info@villesalento.it

phones –> (+39) 392/0202233 – (+39) 328/4617633

Wine and olive oil routes in Salento: Copertino and Leverano

20 Giu

Wine and olive oil are the two jewels of Salento and among the main products of the Mediterranean diet. Olive groves and vineyards mark the landscape of this land not only from a visual point of view, also influencing the other senses such as smell and taste. A brief overview of the centers of Salento excellence will guide you in choosing the DOC products to enjoy the true flavor of this land. Let’s discover the wine and oil routes in Copertino and Leverano.

alt

COPERTINO – The castle is the fulcrum of the historic center of the village which rises 15 km from Lecce. The manor is in fact one of the largest and best preserved in Salento with its Baroque embroideries, the portal and the Renaissance balconies. The maze of alleys in the historic center leads to the birthplace of San Giuseppe, the “saint of flights”, a destination for tourists and pilgrims.

THE WINE – The Dop wine of the same name is produced from the Negroamaro vineyards surrounding Copertino. The production of red wine, particularly appreciated for its ruby ​​color and dry taste with a bitter aftertaste, is an excellence of the territory.

LEVERANO – Just 10 minutes from the renowned beaches of Porto Cesareo, Leverano is characterized by the cobbled streets of the historic center that lead to the Tower of Frederick II, commissioned by the Swabian emperor to protect the Ionian coast from pirate raids. Worth visiting are the Mother Church dedicated to the Annunziata, the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie and the church of the Madonna della Consolazione.

THE WINE – Embraced by the vineyards, Leverano gives its name to a doc wine whose origin is linked to the two historic producers present in the area since the 1960s. Reds and rosés are based on Negroamaro and black Malvasia.

Leverano Doc Bianco goes well with light dishes, such as raw seafood, risotto and fried fish; Rosato is perfect for enjoying spicy cold cuts, first courses with meat sauces and grilled red meats. The Red wine, on the other hand, is ideal for cured meats and aged sheep’s cheeses and grilled, baked or stewed red meats. For some years now, the production of Vino Novello has been added, celebrated in a big party in November.

If you want to visit Salento and spend your holiday in wonderful houses or villas, click below:

Holiday houses –> https://www.villainpuglia.it/EN/Home

Holiday villas –> https://www.villesalento.it/index.html#/ 

For further information:

e-mail –> info@villesalento.it

phones –> (+39) 392/0202233 – (+39) 328/4617633

Wine and olive oil routes in Salento: Galatina, Martano, Melendugno, Vernole

13 Giu
tag

Wine and olive oil are the hallmark of Salento. Expanses of olive trees and vineyards as far as the eye can see characterize the landscapes of the countryside of the Heel of the Boot. A brief overview of the centres of Salento excellence will guide you in choosing the DOC products to enjoy the flavor of this land. Let’s discover the wine and oil routes in Galatina, Martano, Melendugno and Vernole.

GALATINA –The land of Taranta, where art and faith merge, but also a village with irrefutable architectural beauties. 20 km south of Lecce, Galatina boasts a very elegant historic centre where arcades and eighteenth-century palaces, embellished with imposing portals and balconies, alternate until you reach the majestic Basilica of Santa Caterina d’Alessandria, a true treasure trove of faiths.

tag

THE WINE – Since 1997 the wines of the city have been awarded the Galatina Doc denomination. Among the most renowned productions there are the Galatina Chardonnay, straw yellow, with a delicate aroma, dry taste and good structure, and the Galatina Negroamaro, ruby ​​red, with intense aroma and dry, full and harmonious flavor.

tag

MELENDUGNO – Stretching towards the Adriatic coast with its marinas (Torre Dell’Orso, Roca Vecchia, San Foca, Sant’Andrea) awarded several times by the Blue Flag for the quality of the water, Melendugno is a small town 19 km south of Lecce. In the village, we recommend to visit the numerous underground oil mills, the Baronial Palace of Amely, the Clock Tower and the Church of the Assumption, dating back to the sixteenth century.

tag

OLIVE OIL – A thousand hectares of olive groves, almost all centuries old, make Melendugno an important center for the production of extra virgin olive oil. The cooperative oil mill in the town is a point of reference for over 1,500 producers from Terra d’Otranto who bring their olives here, transforming them into a delicate oil with a slightly fruity flavor.

MARTANO – One of the largest centers of Salento Greece, Martano retains a strong tradition linked to the ancient language of griko, contamination between Greek and local dialect. The historic center is a set of alleys dotted with historic buildings, churches and a castle, later transformed into a baronial palace. We recommend a visit to the Monastery of Santa Maria della Consolazione, surrounded by centuries-old olive groves. Here the Cistercian friars open the doors of the delightful baroque church and the museum-art gallery dedicated to the Gallipoli painter Giulio Pagliano.

OLIVE OIL – With its centuries-old olive groves, Martano is part of the National Association “Città dell’Olio” which brings together the municipalities with an olive vocation by promoting the culture of quality extra virgin olive oil. Furthermore, in October every year, the village holds the festival of the “volìa cazzata”, the crushed olive, a local specialty, according to which the olives are crushed and then left to “ripen” in the water.

tag

VERNOLE – 13 km from Lecce and only 3 from Melendugno and its marinas, Vernole is part of the Valle della Cupa territory, characterized by a deep karst depression. All the sacred buildings of the village are affected by the Baroque influence, such as the church of the Assumption, of Sant’Anna and of the Incoronata. Acaya, a small hamlet, is a tiny sixteenth-century fortified village that preserves intact the castle with towers and bastions.

OLIVE OIL – Surrounded by the millenary olive trees of the surrounding countryside, Vernole still preserves in the subsoil the traces of the ancient methods of milling and oil production, with numerous underground oil mills. The oldest is the Trappeto Caffa, dating back to the sixteenth century.

If you want to visit Salento and spend your holiday in wonderful houses or villas, click below:

Holiday houses –> https://www.villainpuglia.it/EN/Home  

Holiday villas –> www.villesalento.it           

For further information:

e-mail –> info@villesalento.it

phones –> (+39) 392/0202233 – (+39) 328/4617633

Exploring Salento, the land of Salice Salentino wine

28 Giu

Together with Primitivo and Negroamaro, Salice Salentino is the third native wine of Salento. Local food and wine products are an original and “tasty” way to explore our land and its culinary traditions. Together with the classic touristic itineraries among beaches and sea, we offer you a short trip between the provinces of Lecce and Brindisi, to discover the Salice Salentino.

PRODUCTION

Salice Salentino is a DOC wine, whose production takes place in the provinces of Brindisi and Lecce. Veglie, Guagnano and Campi Salentina, in the province of Lecce, San Pancrazio Salentino, Sandonaci and Cellino San Marco, in the province of Brindisi, are the municipalities where the wine is produced, from the vines Negroamaro, black Malvasia of Brindisi and black Malvasia of Lecce.

Salice Salentino is divided into six different types of wine, among which there are red, white, rosé and pinot bianco (also present with the sparkling type), sweet aleatico and sweet liqueur aleatico.

FEATURES

The wine has a more or less intense ruby ​​red color. The smell is pleasant and intense, while the flavor is robust but velvety. These properties make Salice Salentino particularly recommended on roasts, strong cheeses and game.

HISTORY

The origin of the DOC denomination of Salice Salentino is due to Senator Arcangelo de Castris, who, thanks to his winery “Leone De Castris”, has managed to affirm the value of this particular wine in Italy and worldwide. The winery, one of the oldest still in operation, was founded in 1665 by Duke Oronzo Arcangelo Maria Francesco De Castris, count of Lemos.

In the early 1800s the winery began exporting wine to the United States, Germany and France. Five Roses was born in 1943, the company’s best-known product and the first rosé wine to be bottled and marketed in Italy and immediately exported to the United States.

If you don’t know where to sleep in Salento, here you will find some useful advice.

holiday houses -> www.casesalento.com

Holiday luxury villas -> www.villesalento.it

email -> info@villesalento.it

Mobile Phones -> (+39) 392/0202233 – (+39) 328/461763

Exploring Salento, the land of Negroamaro wine

21 Giu

Dark, harmonious and warm, Negroamaro is the most widespread and ancient grape variety in Salento. The heart of its production is in the Upper Salento, from San Pietro Vernotico to Monteroni di Lecce, passing by Cellino San Marco, San Donaci, Guagnano, Salice Salentino and Leverano, headquarters of historic cellars. If you’d like to explore this land, through unusual paths tasting food and wine typical of this area, we suggest you to read this post. Continua a leggere

Exploring Salento, the land of Primitivo wine

14 Giu

Do you want to explore Salento in an different way? We suggest you an alternative way to visit our land, following the Via del Primitivo, a wine of local production which, together with Negroamaro, is one of the main products of Salento. Through a path that combines taste with history, we discover the origins and properties of this wonderful grape variety.

From Manduria to Lizzano, passing through S. Giorgio Jonico, Pulsano, Leporano, San Marzano di San Giuseppe, Sava and Avetrana, here they are the villages where we can find Primitivo wine. With a red color and an intense flavor, Primitivo goes well with cheeses, legume soups, grilled lamb.

FEATURES

Always used as a cutting wine, today Primitivo di Manduria represents one of the main product of Salento’s enology. The notes of sweet and ripe fruit (blackberries, cherries, plums) and spices define the taste of Primitivo, a wine with low acidity and high alcohol content.

Dry as a meal or natural dessert, the wine goes perfectly with grilled meats or aged cheeses. Primitivo is also the perfect companion for traditional Apulian sweets with ricotta, almond and dried fig fillings. A glass of Primitivo is fine even if tasted alone: you’ll be able to appreciate its particular notes. There are two different types: Primitivo di Manduria DOC and Primitivo di Manduria natural sweet DOCG.

Pasticciotto

HISTORY

It is not clear when the vine came in Salento. Maybe it was the ancient Greeks who brought it here or the Romans from Dalmatia. In fact, the wine is genetically very similar to the Crljenak Kastelsnski cultivated from Istria to the Sabbioncello peninsula. Another descendant from Primitivo is Zinfandel, a California cult species. In fact, it seems that, in the early nineteenth century, it was exported overseas by some Apulian migrant.

For the production of wine, the harvests take place at night, the only time when you can have respite from the heat and the sun. In 2011, in the Dolce Naturale version, the Primitivo becomes DOCG, protected and enhanced by the presence of the Primitivo Protection Consortium.

ITINERARIES

The Primitivo paths unfold in unparalleled naturalistic scenarios. We suggest you to bring comfortable shoes and a camera to capture the enchanting landscapes, such as the Natural Reserves of the Eastern Tarantino Coast: from the salt pans animated by numerous species of birds, including pink flamingos, to the marshes embellished with multiple varieties of orchids, holm oak woods and the presence of the Chidro river, custodian of Roman necropolises.

Lastly, we recommend a visit to the Museum of the Primitive Wine Civilization, testimony of the social history and agrarian vocation of this land.

If you don’t know where to sleep in Salento, here you will find some useful advice.

holiday houses -> www.casesalento.com

Holiday luxury villas -> www.villesalento.it

email -> info@villesalento.it

Mobile Phones -> (+39) 392/0202233 – (+39) 328/461763

Salento’s fish soup, let’s learn how to cook “Lu quataru”

24 Mar

The philosophy behind this dish is to cook fish that fishermen could no longer sell because damaged by fishing nets. Far from being a “recovery” meal, today “lu quataru” is the most requested dish in the restaurants of the Ionian coast. Try to do it at home with this recipe!

To find out other typical dishes of Salento, look at the following link! Continua a leggere

%d blogger hanno fatto clic su Mi Piace per questo: