Apulia is a region of Southern Italy, practically the “heel” of the “boot” if you look at the shape of the country. It is one of the richest archaeological regions in Italy, from the ancient Greek settlements through the Roman times. In comparison with the country as a whole, the economy of Apulia is characterized by a greater emphasis on agriculture and services and a smaller part played by industry. With the beautiful coastline and clear blue water, the pretty white houses of Alberobello and medieval towns Apulia is one of Italy’s best kept secrets.
DINNER AT RESTAURANT ANGELO SABATELLI ON THE 5th OF JULY
The flavor of tradition here becomes new, creative exotic experience presented in a real artistic way. Every single dish arriving in front of you is a feast, joy for all senses, and enrichment for the soul. Chef Angelo Sabatelli after Rome, Jakarta, Hong Kong, Mauritius returns to his roots in Monopoli creating a brave experiment of bringing unknown to a place strongly connected to the past. Because of his hard work and talent, Angelo Sabatelli was prized with a Michelin star recently.
LUNCH AT THE RESTAURANT AL FORNELLO DA RICCI ON THE 6th OF JULY
Ricci’s “cooking genius” and unprecedented dedication to her craft do not come as a surprise. Her love and passion for Italian cuisine developed since young age at her own Michelin starred family owned restaurant ‘Al Fornello da Ricci’ situated at Ceglie Messapica in Salento (Puglia). Ever since she has won numerous awards and her deep knowledge of ingredients and cooking techniques have granted her a stint as teacher at the ‘Alma Cooking School’ near Parma, established by Gualtiero Marchei, one of the greatest Italian chefs.
MEETING THE PRODUCERS
Learn about wine making and the wines of Manduria, like Primitivo and Negroamaro at Consorzio Produttori vini di Manduria. Take a tour at Caseificio Stella to follow the production process of the fresh cheeses and sample some homemade products from Puglia.
In Allegrinitaly speciality food shop you will find a variety of biscotti, sweets and baked products, all handmade and most of them with the native almonds of Ceglie Messapica. Salumificio Santoro is in a perfect location for traditional salami production, very much worth to try all of them.