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“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.

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

4 Lug
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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.

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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.

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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.

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The most famous dessert of Salento, here it is the recipe of pasticciotto

10 Feb

Pasticciotto is a classic in Salento’s breakfast and lately it is getting more and more famous not only in Salento. With its oval shape, pasticciotto is made up of short pastry with a heart of custard.

Knowing how to prepare it at home will give you a considerable advantage in the popularity index of friends and relatives ;). Follow the recipe!

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