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Regional food of Puglia

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Puglia, at your own pace.
Explore Puglia on foot or by bike, savouring life’s simple pleasures.

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Puglia Information
Location of Puglia
Area: 19,366 km²
Population: 4 million
Density: 210/km²
Capital: Bari
Provinces
Comunes
  • Bari
    • Acquaviva delle Fonti
      Adelfia
      Alberobello
      Altamura
      Bari
      Binetto
      Bitetto
      Bitonto
      Bitritto
      Capurso
      Casamassima
      Cassano delle Murge
      Castellana Grotte
      Cellamare
      Conversano
      Corato
      Gioia del Colle
      Giovinazzo
      Gravina in Puglia
      Grumo Appula
      Locorotondo
      Modugno
      Mola di Bari
      Molfetta
      Monopoli
      Noci
      Noicàttaro
      Palo del Colle
      Poggiorsini
      Polignano a Mare
      Putignano
      Rutigliano
      Ruvo di Puglia
      Sammichele di Bari
      Sannicandro di Bari
      Santeramo in Colle
      Terlizzi
      Toritto
      Triggiano
      Turi
      Valenzano

  • Barletta-Andria-Trani
    • Andria
      Barletta
      Bisceglie
      Canosa di Puglia
      Margherita di Savoia
      Minervino Murge
      San Ferdinando di Puglia
      Spinazzola
      Trani
      Trinitapoli

  • Brindisi
    • Brindisi
      Carovigno
      Ceglie Messapica
      Cellino San Marco
      Cisternino
      Erchie
      Fasano
      Francavilla Fontana
      Latiano
      Mesagne
      Oria
      Ostuni
      San Donaci
      San Michele Salentino
      San Pancrazio Salentino
      San Pietro Vernotico
      San Vito dei Normanni
      Torchiarolo
      Torre Santa Susanna
      Villa Castelli

  • Foggia
    • Accadia
      Alberona
      Anzano di Puglia
      Apricena
      Ascoli Satriano
      Biccari
      Bovino
      Cagnano Varano
      Candela
      Carapelle
      Carlantino
      Carpino
      Casalnuovo Monterotaro
      Casalvecchio di Puglia
      Castelluccio dei Sauri
      Castelluccio Valmaggiore
      Castelnuovo della Daunia
      Celenza Valfortore
      Celle di San Vito
      Cerignola
      Chieuti
      Deliceto
      Faeto
      Foggia
      Ischitella
      Isole Tremiti
      Lesina
      Lucera
      Manfredonia
      Mattinata
      Monte Sant'Angelo
      Monteleone di Puglia
      Motta Montecorvino
      Ordona
      Orsara di Puglia
      Orta Nova
      Panni
      Peschici
      Pietramontecorvino
      Poggio Imperiale
      Rignano Garganico
      Rocchetta Sant'Antonio
      Rodi Garganico
      Roseto Valfortore
      San Giovanni Rotondo
      San Marco in Lamis
      San Marco la Catola
      San Nicandro Garganico
      San Paolo di Civitate
      San Severo
      Sant'Agata di Puglia
      Serracapriola
      Stornara
      Stornarella
      Torremaggiore
      Troia
      Vico del Gargano
      Vieste
      Volturara Appula
      Volturino

  • Lecce
    • Acquarica del Capo
      Alessano
      Alezio
      Alliste
      Andrano
      Aradeo
      Arnesano
      Bagnolo del Salento
      Botrugno
      Calimera
      Campi Salentina
      Cannole
      Caprarica di Lecce
      Carmiano
      Carpignano Salentino
      Casarano
      Castri di Lecce
      Castrignano de' Greci
      Castrignano del Capo
      Castro
      Cavallino
      Collepasso
      Copertino
      Corigliano d'Otranto
      Corsano
      Cursi
      Cutrofiano
      Diso
      Gagliano del Capo
      Galatina
      Galatone
      Gallipoli
      Giuggianello
      Giurdignano
      Guagnano
      Lecce
      Lequile
      Leverano
      Lizzanello
      Maglie
      Martano
      Martignano
      Matino
      Melendugno
      Melissano
      Melpignano
      Miggiano
      Minervino di Lecce
      Monteroni di Lecce
      Montesano Salentino
      Morciano di Leuca
      Muro Leccese
      Nardò
      Neviano
      Nociglia
      Novoli
      Ortelle
      Otranto
      Palmariggi
      Parabita
      Patù
      Poggiardo
      Porto Cesareo
      Presicce
      Racale
      Ruffano
      Salice Salentino
      Salve
      San Cassiano
      San Cesario di Lecce
      San Donato di Lecce
      San Pietro in Lama
      Sanarica
      Sannicola
      Santa Cesarea Terme
      Scorrano
      Seclì
      Sogliano Cavour
      Soleto
      Specchia
      Spongano
      Squinzano
      Sternatia
      Supersano
      Surano
      Surbo
      Taurisano
      Taviano
      Tiggiano
      Trepuzzi
      Tricase
      Tuglie
      Ugento
      Uggiano La Chiesa
      Veglie
      Vernole
      Zollino

  • Taranto
    • Avetrana
      Carosino
      Castellaneta
      Crispiano
      Faggiano
      Fragagnano
      Ginosa
      Grottaglie
      Laterza
      Leporano
      Lizzano
      Manduria
      Martina Franca
      Maruggio
      Massafra
      Monteiasi
      Montemesola
      Monteparano
      Mottola
      Palagianello
      Palagiano
      Pulsano
      Roccaforzata
      San Giorgio Ionico
      San Marzano di San Giuseppe
      Sava
      Statte
      Taranto
      Torricella

Puglia Flag
Puglia Airports
Puglia National Parks
The Alta Murgia National Park
The Gargano National Park
Puglia Details
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Puglia, at your own pace.
Explore Puglia on foot or by bike, savouring life’s simple pleasures.

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Regional food of Puglia
Olive trees growing in Puglia - Photo: www.understandingitaly.com

Puglia is a flat, fertile, sun soaked region in southern Italy which, together with its iron rich soil makes it one of the most productive agricultural regions in the country.

It is famous for its olive oil and produces between 250,000 and 300,000 tonnes each year. Italy is the second biggest producer, after Spain, and Puglia provides around 40 percent of the country's extra virgin olive oil.

Durum wheat grows in abundance and is used for making pasta and bread. The pasta from Puglia is made without eggs as they were once considered to be a luxury. The most famous pasta made in Puglia is 'oricchiette' (meaning little ears) which is still made daily by the elder women in most of the small villages. The bread in Puglia, which accompanies all meals, is more diverse than many other regions in Italy and comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. It is cooked in traditional wood burning bread ovens and some of the villages still have a communal bread oven where the locals go to bake their bread every day.

The town of Altamura, in the north west of the region, lays claim to two culinary victories. It has a unique, traditional local bread made from durum wheat flour, yeast, water and marine salt. Originally, the bread was created for the shepherds and farmers who would work in the surrounding countryside for many days at a time without returning home. The bread undergoes five stages in between rolling out the dough and the baking which is done in an open oak wood fire resulting in an unusually long lasting loaf. The first victory for Altamura is that their bread was granted a DOP certificate, the first in Europe for a baking product. The second is that when McDonalds opened up in the piazza the locals refused to eat there, preferring their own bread filled with local meat products. After less than 2 years McDonalds gave in and vacated the area.

Vegetables obviously grow well in the warm climate and are used in abundance, always fresh and always seasonal. Tomatoes are used for making sauces to go with the local pasta and aubergines, peppers and courgettes are roasted and grilled as an accompaniment to meat.

The interior of Puglia is rocky and here there are many sheep and goats which are bred for their meat as well as their milk which is used for a variety of cheeses. Lamb is the most popular meat, followed by pork and horsemeat with beef, although now becoming more popular, being used very little.

Puglia has many delicious local cheeses, perhaps the most famous being Burrata which is made from mozzarella and cream. Others include Cacioricotta - a seasonal Ricotta cheese made from unpasteurised ewes' milk, Canestrato - a hard cheese which is a mixture of sheep and goat's milk, Fallone di Gravina and Caciofiore.

Fish plays a large part in the cuisine of Puglia and the long coastline offers a large array of fresh fish on a daily basis. Sea bass, red mullet, anchovies, mussels and cuttlefish are among the favourites but there are many other types on offer in restaurants.

In spite of this excess of food, the daily cuisine in Puglia, as in the other southern regions of Italy, tends to be simple, fresh and wholesome with most locals growing, rearing and making enough for their individual needs.

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Puglia Information
Location of Puglia
Area: 19,366 km²
Population: 4 million
Density: 210/km²
Capital: Bari
Provinces
Comunes
  • Bari
    • Acquaviva delle Fonti
      Adelfia
      Alberobello
      Altamura
      Bari
      Binetto
      Bitetto
      Bitonto
      Bitritto
      Capurso
      Casamassima
      Cassano delle Murge
      Castellana Grotte
      Cellamare
      Conversano
      Corato
      Gioia del Colle
      Giovinazzo
      Gravina in Puglia
      Grumo Appula
      Locorotondo
      Modugno
      Mola di Bari
      Molfetta
      Monopoli
      Noci
      Noicàttaro
      Palo del Colle
      Poggiorsini
      Polignano a Mare
      Putignano
      Rutigliano
      Ruvo di Puglia
      Sammichele di Bari
      Sannicandro di Bari
      Santeramo in Colle
      Terlizzi
      Toritto
      Triggiano
      Turi
      Valenzano

  • Barletta-Andria-Trani
    • Andria
      Barletta
      Bisceglie
      Canosa di Puglia
      Margherita di Savoia
      Minervino Murge
      San Ferdinando di Puglia
      Spinazzola
      Trani
      Trinitapoli

  • Brindisi
    • Brindisi
      Carovigno
      Ceglie Messapica
      Cellino San Marco
      Cisternino
      Erchie
      Fasano
      Francavilla Fontana
      Latiano
      Mesagne
      Oria
      Ostuni
      San Donaci
      San Michele Salentino
      San Pancrazio Salentino
      San Pietro Vernotico
      San Vito dei Normanni
      Torchiarolo
      Torre Santa Susanna
      Villa Castelli

  • Foggia
    • Accadia
      Alberona
      Anzano di Puglia
      Apricena
      Ascoli Satriano
      Biccari
      Bovino
      Cagnano Varano
      Candela
      Carapelle
      Carlantino
      Carpino
      Casalnuovo Monterotaro
      Casalvecchio di Puglia
      Castelluccio dei Sauri
      Castelluccio Valmaggiore
      Castelnuovo della Daunia
      Celenza Valfortore
      Celle di San Vito
      Cerignola
      Chieuti
      Deliceto
      Faeto
      Foggia
      Ischitella
      Isole Tremiti
      Lesina
      Lucera
      Manfredonia
      Mattinata
      Monte Sant'Angelo
      Monteleone di Puglia
      Motta Montecorvino
      Ordona
      Orsara di Puglia
      Orta Nova
      Panni
      Peschici
      Pietramontecorvino
      Poggio Imperiale
      Rignano Garganico
      Rocchetta Sant'Antonio
      Rodi Garganico
      Roseto Valfortore
      San Giovanni Rotondo
      San Marco in Lamis
      San Marco la Catola
      San Nicandro Garganico
      San Paolo di Civitate
      San Severo
      Sant'Agata di Puglia
      Serracapriola
      Stornara
      Stornarella
      Torremaggiore
      Troia
      Vico del Gargano
      Vieste
      Volturara Appula
      Volturino

  • Lecce
    • Acquarica del Capo
      Alessano
      Alezio
      Alliste
      Andrano
      Aradeo
      Arnesano
      Bagnolo del Salento
      Botrugno
      Calimera
      Campi Salentina
      Cannole
      Caprarica di Lecce
      Carmiano
      Carpignano Salentino
      Casarano
      Castri di Lecce
      Castrignano de' Greci
      Castrignano del Capo
      Castro
      Cavallino
      Collepasso
      Copertino
      Corigliano d'Otranto
      Corsano
      Cursi
      Cutrofiano
      Diso
      Gagliano del Capo
      Galatina
      Galatone
      Gallipoli
      Giuggianello
      Giurdignano
      Guagnano
      Lecce
      Lequile
      Leverano
      Lizzanello
      Maglie
      Martano
      Martignano
      Matino
      Melendugno
      Melissano
      Melpignano
      Miggiano
      Minervino di Lecce
      Monteroni di Lecce
      Montesano Salentino
      Morciano di Leuca
      Muro Leccese
      Nardò
      Neviano
      Nociglia
      Novoli
      Ortelle
      Otranto
      Palmariggi
      Parabita
      Patù
      Poggiardo
      Porto Cesareo
      Presicce
      Racale
      Ruffano
      Salice Salentino
      Salve
      San Cassiano
      San Cesario di Lecce
      San Donato di Lecce
      San Pietro in Lama
      Sanarica
      Sannicola
      Santa Cesarea Terme
      Scorrano
      Seclì
      Sogliano Cavour
      Soleto
      Specchia
      Spongano
      Squinzano
      Sternatia
      Supersano
      Surano
      Surbo
      Taurisano
      Taviano
      Tiggiano
      Trepuzzi
      Tricase
      Tuglie
      Ugento
      Uggiano La Chiesa
      Veglie
      Vernole
      Zollino

  • Taranto
    • Avetrana
      Carosino
      Castellaneta
      Crispiano
      Faggiano
      Fragagnano
      Ginosa
      Grottaglie
      Laterza
      Leporano
      Lizzano
      Manduria
      Martina Franca
      Maruggio
      Massafra
      Monteiasi
      Montemesola
      Monteparano
      Mottola
      Palagianello
      Palagiano
      Pulsano
      Roccaforzata
      San Giorgio Ionico
      San Marzano di San Giuseppe
      Sava
      Statte
      Taranto
      Torricella

Puglia Flag
Puglia Airports
Puglia National Parks
The Alta Murgia National Park
The Gargano National Park
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