Life in Abruzzo Food & Travel Guide

All about Abruzzo food & travel in a cherry-picked fashion

The Promise of Spring

Shepherd’s Steak – Abruzzo’s Pastoral Cheese on Toast

We were sent this recipe by our organic cheese-making friends at La Porta dei Parchi, in response to a request we had for an Abruzzo…

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Virtues of Le Virtù – Teramo’s Tasty Spring Clean Soup

May 1st sees the Teramo region of Abruzzo celebrating with Le Virtù, a big, strong & incredible soup the aim of which is to allow…

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Getting Slippy at the Cocullo Snake Festival

Cocullo’s snake festival held on the 1st May in celebration of Saint Domenico must win awards for being not just one of Italy’s strangest festivals,…

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A Few of My Favourite Abruzzo Things – Laurence Vannicelli

There is a sense of freedom in Abruzzo that is incredibly rare and is best appreciated without a strict itinerary. Laurence Vannicelli reveals a few of his favourite abruzzo things

Castelli’s Pentacromia Hot Baked Palette

Castelli’s pentacromia sounds more a term that should be in The Exorcist script than Italy’s most important ceramic town describing their hot baked palette

Food & Wine

Saragolla – Abruzzo’s Blonde Egyptian Queen

Ingredients… time-old cheerleaders for free passage, trade and export This particular tale is of a small ancient Egyptian grain: hard and glassy like amber with…

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Bocconotti Montoriesi – Abruzzo’s Seductive Spirit Boasting Pastries

Bocconotti Montoriesi are seductive rustic pastries that celebrate Abruzzo’s most acclaimed harvests around the former Roman small town of Montorio Val Vomano in Teramo.  (more…)

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Tipple But Never Topple – Abruzzo’s Liqueurs

Abruzzo's aromatic liqueurs, namely its digestifs or amari, enjoy a fabled reputation for their complex, aged flavours... (more…)

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Cachi – Winner of Italy’s Most Beautiful Autumn Fruit

Cachi has to be Italy’s most aesthetically beautiful Autumn fruit.  Its soul-stirring leaves turn the most succulent shades of spotted pinks, reds & orange, which…

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Stuffed Zucchini Flowers with Fried Cheese, Capers and Mint

When  next door Nonna gifts you 6 fiori di zucchini (fresh zucchini flowers) following your interest in photographing them in her orto, it would be…

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Magical Nocino – Italian Green Walnut Liqueur

Ciao ciao Nocino, the Italian green walnut liqueur whose dark magical blend is not just delicious and warming but whose seeping runs deep into folklore…

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Places & Sights

Calascio – The Town with a Fable and La Rocca

"Chi si fa pecorella, i lupi la mangiano". Make yourself a sheep and the wolves will eat you.     People have been sheltering and…

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Learning how to Lasso the Moon in Abruzzo

How do you lasso the moon? A great vocab builder from one of the mural facades on the houses in Azzinano in Abruzzo in a…

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Hermitage of San Bartolomeo – On the Beatified Track to Sanity

Abruzzo’s most famous rock face hermitage, dedicated to San Bartolomeo in Legio and just outside the town of Roccamorice, is a wonder.  We decided to…

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#OvertheBorder

Candelara’s Light & Christmas Cheer – Italy’s Unusual Christmas Market

One Italian Christmas market that stands out as more festival than its traditional market rivals is that hosted by  the stunning fortified town of Candelara

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Bostrengo – No Ordinary Little Rice Cake from Le Marche

Bostrengo is a winter rice cake from Le Marche that is scrumptious served as a sweet pick-me-up when you wake to a cold damp squib…

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Rosemary & Raisin Pumpkin Fritters – Aeolian Roof Raisers

Yummy pumpkin fritters from Italy's Aeolian Islands’ green pearl Salina are aromatic and plump with fresh chopped rosemary, raisins and rolled in cinnamon spiced sugar

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Colapesce’s Tale of Love & Heroism

Why is Sicily's brave marine boy Nicola di Messina nicknamed Colapesce  featured as the cornerstone of L'Aquila's most famous fountain?

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Piglio Roasted Aubergine & Buffalo Mozzarella Cake

A delicious roasted aubergine cake with a lick of fresh tomato sauce and buffalo mozzarella that is served as antipasti in Piglio

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Tuscan Extended Family Holiday – Borgo Lucignanello Bandini

For a Tuscan extended family holiday that doesn't end in tears, try the Contessa's airy apartments in the romantic medieval hamlet, Borgo Lucignanello Bandini

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