Puglia (or Apulia) is a place you can easily fall in love with for many reasons: landscapes, monuments, traditions and food, of course. The gastronomic universe of Puglia is made of an ancient culinary tradition in which every element is carefully chosen and it’s characterized by recipes made with simple but tasty ingredients.
The region is well known for two particular kind of cultivations which give life to a large amount of products. We’re talking about olive tree and durum wheat cultivation, so extensive in Puglia that we can consider them a peculiarity of the region.
As you can easily imagine, olive oil is maybe the most important gastronomic product of Puglia, with several DOP extravirgin olive oils of the highest quality: Collina di Brindisi, Cima di Bitonto, Terra di Bari, Terre Tarentine and Terra d’Otranto are the best kind of oil you can find in Puglia.
Bread lovers shouldn’t miss Pane d’Altamura, a type of bread baked in wood oven which have a unique aroma and a special fragrance. Try it with some olive oil or eat it with soup or any other food which requires bread.
Pane d’Altamura is not the only excellence product of Puglia made from wheat: how can we not mention orecchiette? That is, a particular kind of pasta typical of the land that you can prepare with cime di rapa, for example.
At the same time, we can’t forget to cite taralli, with their peculiar shape, that can be eaten as an appetizer or to replace bread.
As most regions of Italy, in Puglia they have a various wine production that satisfies almost every personal taste. Leverano, Moscato, Negroamaro, Primitivo di Manduria are just a few of them, but you can find many more.