Vast swathes of Puglia are dedicated to growing grain and wheat and it is not by chance that the breads, taralli biscuits and pastas from the region can be bought all over Italy.
Traditional Puglia bread
We have tracked down a small 'forno a legna' in the hamlet of Casalini near Cisternino, province of Bari on the edge of the Valle D'Itria, to give you an idea of what the independent visitor to Puglia looking for gastronomic experiences can find.
The small concern is called 'Vignola' and the owners have spent 12 years refurbishing a disused local bakery back to its original state, complete with stone oven heated with olive wood.
Although modern equipment is now used, the end product is 100% 'artigianale'.
The company produces such products as 'frise', 'friselle', 'taralli', 'biscotti' and 'fagottini'.
The great thing is that the original flavours of years ago have been kept thanks to the exclusive use of local flour, extra virgin olive oil from the hills of Brindisi and DOC white wine from the Valle d'Itria.
Absolutely no preservatives or vegetable oils here. The bread is made from flour 'tipo 0', water, salt, natural yeast and beer yeast. Apparently it's perfect for 'bruschette'.
See also the Altamura bread
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• mostaccioli recipe • sea corals in cream sauce • leccese potato pizza • frittelli • carnival biscuits of putignano • baked lamb with peas • oricchiette pasta with cauliflower • mussels with peppers • orecchiette pasta with turnip tops • bruschetta with roasted peppers • onion calzone • stuffed aubergines • octopus pie • bean and chicory salad • cavatelli seafood pasta • pasta and red shrimps • roast pork and asparagus • how to make fresh italian pasta • mussels au gratin • orecchiette alla pugliese • bruschetta with tomato
• traditional dishes of puglia • altamura bread • salento gastronomy • olive oil production in puglia • wines of salento • fasano dishes • cherry festival • flavors of salento • salento cooking lessons • apulian liqueurs • oysters from taranto • a puglian menu • gastronomy of foggia • canestrato pugliese cheese • lampascioni onions • traditional puglia bread • learn the secrets of the italian food and wine
• the heel of italy • summer festivals near bari • province of brindisi • province of taranto • historical salento itinerary • christmas nativity in puglia • greek salento • adriatic coast of salento • faith itinerary in galatina • castles of puglia • vineyards in lecce • appian way wine route • brindisi olive oil route • gargano food tour • puglia coast itinerary • ceglie messapica • history of fasano • fasano • locorotondo • lecce • alberobello and the trulli • polignano a mare • carnival of putignano • masserie of puglia • ancient taranto • first olympic champion • mottola • martina franca • gallipoli • otranto • heel of italy • bari • jewish culture in puglia • lucera • foggia • tremiti islands • roseto valfortore • santa maria di leuca • monti dauni near gargano • visiting the gargano • monopoli
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