The whitewashed buildings that make up the towns and villages of Puglia speak of the rustic influence of the southern Mediterranean on this beautiful region.
Let us transport you to Puglia
The quaint, cobblestone streets of Bari, overlooking the ocean to the east, are typically abuzz with the friendly chatter of the city’s locals. Cucina povera, literally “poor kitchen”, is a culinary practice widely observed here, involving produce that can be grown or foraged at a low cost. This ethos informs much of the cuisine of Puglia where Orecchiette is a staple pasta variety and many dishes are made with fish caught locally.
Taralli are a bread-based snack, quintessentially Puglian, and eaten whenever a need to feed presents.
The street markets of Bari and Foggia offer a kaleidoscope of fresh vegetables to enjoy, including exotic specimens.
Burrata, literally 'buttered' in Italian, is a soft and decadent Pugliese cheese often served with olive oil.
Cime di Rapa
Cime di Rapa are a classic (and important) Pugliese crop, practically unknown outside of the region.
Visit Restaurant Grotta, not too far from Bari, to dine as close to the sea as nature permits.
Puglia's second city, Foggia, offers blue skies, the warmest of welcomes and almost too much to eat.
Polignano a Mare
Polignano a Mare is known for its unspoiled beaches and rustic, cliffside dwellings.
The tiny town of Alberobello is famous for its unique ''trulli'', or whitewashed stone huts with conical roofs.
A National Marine Park was established around this town, Porto Cesareo, to protect its exquisite beauty.
Our very own head chef, Roberta (pictured on the left as a little girl) grew up in Puglia, and misses it every day.
In a Pugliese caseificio (dairy), fresh burrata - the jewel of Italian cheeses - is made.
Notte della Taranta
A festival celebrating traditional 'Pizzica' dancing, said to flush out the poison of a spider bite.
In Puglia's vineyards, fantastic wines such as Primitivo are made and shipped across Italy and beyond.
Puglia was originally colonised by the Mycenaean Greeks. This influence is visible in the region's architecture.
Italy's oldest olive tree can be found in Puglia where the species are almost sacred. It's now illegal to dig up an olive tree here.
Treat yourself to our dishes inspired by pugliese cuisine
Treat yourself to an authentic taste of Puglia with our limited edition dishes inspired by the region’s cuisine. Alternatively, take a look at our weekly menu to see what delicious recipes you can have delivered to your doorstep this week.
Read about Puglia
If you want to fall even more in love with Puglia, just read our guide to the region written by Roberta, our lovely head chef and true Puglian native. Bring a taste of the southern Italian coast to your kitchen with our Orecchiette with Tomato & Basil Sauce recipe.
Take your Italian education one step further by learning to make your own pasta at home. Our pasta making kits come complete with specialist tools and flours, and if you’re a complete newbie, don’t worry – we have a range of gift sets that cater for all abilities. Once you’ve perfected the basics, you’ll become a pasta pro in no time!