Story of Saffron Production in Abruzzo

09 September 2010 Published in Abruzzo Food
Obtained from the dried and powdered stem of the 'croccus sativus' which grows on the Navelli Plain in the province of L'Aquila, saffron is considered by many to be the single most representative symbol of the traditional products of Abruzzo. An essential ingredient in Risotto al Milanese (and paiella in Spain for that matter) the spice also crops up in many other dishes across Italy. For example, the fish soup found in Le Marche, south of the Monte Conero, contains saffron for its red coloring in place of the more traditional tomato. This coloring property is also widely appreciated in the production of…
Last modified on 24 January 2017

Montepulciano d'Abruzzo wine

06 July 2010 Published in Abruzzo Food
In the official classification of Italian DOC wines, Montepulciano D'Abruzzo is up there with Chianti Classico, Asti, Oltrepò Pavese, Soave and Valpolicella. It has recently become the third most popular wine in Italy; it used be sixth when we started this website in 2000. As a first indication, we believe that around 65% of the Abruzzo wines production is sold across Italy, while 25% remains in the region. The final 10% is exported. What is for sure is the Montepulciano d'Abruzzo represents 80% of all the DOC wines in Abruzzo.
Last modified on 21 January 2017

Contemporary Abruzzo Cuisine

18 March 2013 Published in Abruzzo Food
Several years ago, I was persuaded by friends to join them on a trek to one of the best restaurants for milk fed baby lamb. I had to imagine what the place had once been like, a modest, restaurant and inn ... in the middle of the land of shepherds. Today, it is a contemporary and beautiful hotel restaurant called La Bandiera and owned and run by Marcello Spadone and family. It is located in lands that look like emerald grazing isles, and rugged purple mountain majesties in the background.
Last modified on 23 February 2014

Favorite Restaurants in Vasto

23 April 2012 Written by Published in Abruzzo Food
We have had the pleasure of exploring the territory of Vasto, both the city itself and along this stretch of the Adriatic coast in Abruzzo in either direction. Vasto city is full of restaurants, but those outside, and especially the famous trabocchi which offer the possibility of a meal or dinner, are a little more difficult to locate once on the ground. The list below should help and comprises our own discoveries and the personal recommendations of a bed and breakfast we stayed in located in the Protected Park of Punta Aderci. 
Last modified on 24 January 2017

Confetti from Sulmona

26 August 2010 Published in Abruzzo Food
The traditional confetti originating from Sulmona in Abruzzo can be seen everywhere in Italy. This is not the paper stuff thrown at weddings, but fabulous sugared coated almonds of every color. They are popular as gifts handed out at the end of marriage ceremonies and other such romantic occasions. The industry developed in the town around 250 years ago. One of the first, and perhaps most famous of the local factories, 'Pelino' dates from 1783 and the oriignal part of the factory can be visited very close to the historical centre of Sulmona. Inside the doors is as close to a real Willy Wonka…
Last modified on 05 February 2017

Corfinio and liqueurs from Abruzzo

13 September 2011 Published in Abruzzo Food
We had the good fortune to find a rare old bottle of Corfinio liqueur in our local enoteca. Made with 42 herbs of the Maiella Mountains and Abruzzese saffron, which gives the liqueur its  typical gold yellow color, it was an absolute treat. The flavour can be paragoned to the people of Abruzzo - forte e gentile. Corfinio liqueur was actually trademarked in 1858 and was invented by Giulio Barattucci. He also gave us some of the many famous liqueurs from the region which we still drink today, such as Amaro Majella and Aternum.
Last modified on 21 January 2017

Campli Porchetta Ham Festival

09 September 2010 Published in Abruzzo Food
Ariccia in the Roman hills of Lazio is well known for its pork or porchetta. But this Italian roasted pork delicacy can be found across central Italy, not least in Campli in Abruzzo in the province of Teramo. Head there in mid August for their porchetta ham festival or 'sagra della porchetta italica'. It is, in effect, an annual competition when the best local pork is judged in the main square of Campli. The event attracts many people from around the region as well as curious holiday makers. It is the summer gourmet happening for this delightful town. The modern history of porchetta production in…
Last modified on 21 January 2017