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What to eat in Puglia

Known for its hearty home cooking, Puglia is a lesser-visited region in the heel of Italy that deserves more attention. Home to hundreds of farms, producing everything from olive oil to herbal tea, the area is also packed with authentic trattorias where you can taste local produce transformed into moreish Italian classics. On our Exclusive Puglia For Foodies experience, you’ll visit its farms, restaurants and trattorias but what should you order? Here are our tips for a top meal…

Piselli nano di Zolino Look out for these unique ‘dwarf peas’ (similar to a cross between a chick pea and a green pea), so delicious that they’ve become DOP protected (like Champagne or the Cornish Pasty!). They’ve been eaten in the area for so long that they’ve been found in the stomachs of mummified bodies. Typically cooked in a terracotta pot, they’re a tasty antipasti or side order.

Burrata di Andria Melt-in-the-mouth delicious, burrata looks like mozzarella (in fact, it’s made of that cheese, with plenty of added cream) – and the ‘di Andria’ variation is the crème de la crème. Only edible for two days after production, it’s especially tasty with Puglia’s sun-drenched fresh tomatoes or stuffed into pumpkin flowers.

Fresh fish Puglia’s seaside towns are busy in the early morning, with fishermen returning from fish-packed seas to sell their produce at the port. Anchovies, tuna, swordfish and bonito feature heavily on the menu in restaurants in Otranto, where they’re cooked almost straight from the sea. Expect anchovies to show up on everything from fresh bread to pasta, while the larger fish needs nothing more than olive oil and fresh herbs to make it perfect.

Orecchiette Literally translated as ‘little ears’, orecchiette is Puglia’s specialty pasta. You’ll find it on menus with ricotta and tomato sauce: or be brave and opt for the region’s preferred dressing of turnip greens, garlic and olive oil.

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