• food and wine,  Puglia,  travel

    Pleasures of Puglia: Primitivo and Cavatelli with Shrimp & Eggplant Arrabiatta

    Peer into the Pleasures of Puglia Lecce, Puglia Puglia, the elongated region, known as Italy’s “heel,” is located all the way on its east coast, and has as its neighbors Molise in the north and Campagnia and Basilicata on the west.  Puglia is bordered by the Ionian and Adriatic Seas, and has the longest coastline in all of Italy.  This long Mediterranean coastline is conducive for trading with Greece and other European countries. The region is divided into six provinces: Bari, Barletta-Andria-Trani, Brindisi, Foggia, Lecce and Taranto. The province of Lecce is often referred to as the “Florence of the South” due to its magnificent baroque architecture on all of…

  • food and wine,  Molise,  travel

    Molise Food & Wine: Sausage & Tomato Herbed Focaccia with #Biferno Rosso

    Meet Molise: This Petite Region Packs a Punch Courtesy of  Babbo NYC Petite, small, tiny.  These words have been used to describe, Molise–the second smallest region in Italy. Mo-who?  Well, Molise, is appropriately referred to as the “belly button” of Italy, because it’s just that. Molise is a tucked away, hidden even, lesser known region of south central Italy, positioned with Abruzzo in the north, Campagnia in the south, Lazio to the West and Puglia to the East. Molise’s two major cities are Campobasso (also its capital) and Isernia.  As Molise has a small coastline along the Adriatic, Termoli serves as the main port, is home to a picturesque beach resort…

  • Basilicata,  food and wine,  travel

    Basilicata Aglianico and Veal Osso Buco #Wine #Travel

    The Beauty, Food and Wine of Basilicata Basilicata’s Landscape San Fele, Potenza by Studio EG Beautiful Basilicata, Italy Basilicata by Studio EG Basilicata is a hidden beauty located on the instep of the Italian boot-shaped peninsula. Originally given the name Lucania, from the Lucani people who once populated the area, Basilicata is the mountainous region in southern Italy that rests in between Pulia and Campania.  Mountains make up 47% of Basilicata, with Mount Vulture, an inactive volcano, being one of its key geographic features. The region has several parks, like Pollino National Park, that separates Basilicata from Calabria in the south. Potenza and Matera are its two provinces.  This southern region also…

  • food and wine,  Friuli Venezia Giulia,  travel

    Friulian Pinot Grigio and Roasted Branzino #Wine #Travel

    Italy’s Gateway to Eastern Europe Friuli, also known as Friuli Venezia Giulia, is a small region in the northeastern tip of Italy. Although it is one of the smallest regions, it has a huge impact.  This little region, west of Veneto, is the connector, or gateway to central Europe, as it borders Austria and Slovenia. As a result, Italian is spoken, along with some Friulan Slovene dialects near the eastern border. Fruili is characterized by a diverse terrain, consisting of mountains (Fruilan Dolomites, Carnic and Julian Alps), pastures, streams, lakes, lagoons and a beautiful coastline.  It’s main city is Trieste. The economy is based on local crafts, farming and tourism…

  • food and wine,  Umbria

    Another Taste of Umbria: Truffle Roasted Chicken & Hédoné Bianco #travel #Wine

    Continuing on The Road to Umbrian Food & Wine On my recent exploration of the Umbrian region of Italy with the #ItalianFWT group, I made Black Truffle Linguine.  I enjoyed it immensely to the point that I didn’t want my truffle love affair to come to an end. So…it didn’t.  I still had some truffles on hand, so I decided to make Truffle Roasted Chicken and open a bottle of Hédoné. As discussed previously, Umbrian cuisine is characterized by pork, olive oil and truffles.  There are the black truffles, or tartufo neri, which are found around the Norcia and Spoleto areas of Umbria. They have a very distinctive flavor and are…

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