If you’ve been to Italy (or never have), perhaps it’s time to see another side–Puglia at the heel of the boot? With its windblown, gnarled olive trees, hyper-local, seasonal & wild-foraged cuisine, fresh seafood caught in small boats visible from shore, wood-oven baked breads, outstanding varietal olive oils, hand-made pasta like orecchiette & cavatelli, seasonal gelato, exquisite tree-ripened fruits, and a thriving wine industry, it’s no wonder Puglia is called “the Tuscany of Southern Italy.”
Puglia is the home of burrata and more burrata (fresh hand-made mozzarella stuffed with mozzarella straciatella–raggedy strands–mixed with heavy cream), an exquisite treat! We’ll also visit nearby Matera, in the province of Basilicata, where until the 1950’s, many families lived in caves and the roof of one house is the walkway to another–well worth the trip.
I will be traveling with a small group (maximum 15 guests) to Puglia for a seven-night voyage of culinary discovery, culture, history, scenic beauty, and winery visits. We stay in a traditional, lovingly restored masseria–a villa–where the proprietors grow all the food served on premises (talk about eating local!).
We’ll have two cooking classes with myself and talented local chef, Rocco Cartia, market visits, lunch and tasting at a fine local winery, a walking tour of old Bari where the local women each make her own version of ear-shaped orecchiette pasta, and a fabulous multicourse dinner at a restored 15th century olive mill that produces organic olive oil in four varietals with attached walled citrus garden and edible flower and herb garden.
The dates of the tour are October 2 to 9, 2013. We will be meeting the group in Bari–most people will fly in from Rome–a one-hour flight and convenient if you’d like to spend a few days there either before or after the tour.
Only six places are left so if you’re interested, don’t delay.
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