Life in Abruzzo Food & Travel Guide

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

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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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Navelli’s Saffron Queen and the Power of Bling

The contrast in colours from the 3 delicate red stigmas cloaked by purple petals on an Abruzzo Autumn day couldn’t be stronger; the saffron crocuses…

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Chasing the Chestnut at Senarica

Needin’ the nuts? We’d recommend the chestnut festa in Senarica di Crognaleto, Abruzzo! An event that displays that huge difference between the natural foodie, for…

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4 Grosvenor Square: The Menu of the Italian Embassy in London

Danilo Cortellini’s cookbook 4 Grosvenor Square offers a superb gastro-trail through culinary heritage and deliciously clever dishes featuring beautiful ingredients that will appeal to all Abruzzese & Italian food lovers

Help Save the Aventino River in Exchange for a Holiday in Abruzzo

Help Save Otto and the Aventino River in exchange for dinner, rafting and holiday in Abruzzo Italy

Danilo Cortellini’s Ascolana Olives & Fritto Misto

Taking elements from both Abruzzo & Le Marche this dish is a fried heaven of lamb, battered vegetables, sweet custard fritters and olive all’Ascolana; these amazing olives are stuffed with meat, breaded and deep fried to crispy perfection

Tasty Unions & Beautiful Pecorino Pairings

Great cheese especially Abruzzo pecorino has a richness that allows for all manner of bitter, sweet and fruity pairings which bolster it from a simple piece of superb cheese to something magical that lingers

The Secret Inside a Shepherd’s Bag

The secret treats that an Abruzzese shepherd keeps in his bag

Saragolla – Abruzzo’s Blonde Egyptian Queen

The tale of a small ancient Egyptian grain: hard & glassy like amber, nicknamed the ‘Pharaoh’s Wheat’ that flourished in Abruzzo post migration and genocide

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

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Helping Amatrice: Spaghetti All’Amatriciana, #VirtualSagra +

Stunning Amatrice was listed as one of Italy’s most beautiful historic hillside towns with good reason and unlike some of its neighbouring Apennine towns, whose…

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Uncovering Ciociaria & Slow Food in the Shoes of St Benedict

Ciociaria’s new St Benedict's Way (Il Cammino delle Abbazie - Via Benedicti) is a wonderful journey for those heading to Rome from Abruzzo by way…

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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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