Salento Style Refreshing Espresso Coffee with Almond Milk Syrup

The espresso coffee with almond milk syrup is a refreshing iced coffee native to Salento, the most Southern area of the Apulia region. The main city of this peninsula is Lecce, a fascinating and elegant city full of historic palaces and churches in Barocco Leccese style.

Many of the city’s buildings are decorated with friezes, capitals, pinnacles and rosettes,  and are made of pietra Leccese. It’s a light brown limestone rock typical in these areas, known for its hardness and its ease of processing.

If you happen to be there, after a walk around the streets of the historical center, take a stop in a Bar in one of the plazas (Piazza Sant’ Oronzo or Piazza Duomo) and taste an iced coffee. We suggest also trying out Il Pasticiotto, a small pasta frolla cake filled with custard cream, as it’s one of the culinarie excellences of Lecce.

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Edda Lei Chardonnay White Wine Salento IGP and Spaghetti Pasta with Mussels

The monthly pairing presented by Walkingwine is Spaghetti con le cozze, the key recipe of Il Veliero restaurant, and Edda Lei, Bianco Salento IGP white wine.

Il Veliero is located in Villanova – Marina di Ostuni (Apulia region).

Domenico and Masietta Caliandro opened the fish restaurant in 2005, after many years of experience both in Italy and abroad.

The restaurant features high quality products, which are chosen every morning in the local fish and vegetable markets by Domenico himself.  Beside that, Domenico relies on a rich variety of vegetables grown by Noe’, chef of the restaurant.

In the kitchen, Masietta and her son Davide, together with Chef Noe’, prepare great dishes following the traditional procedures and maintaining ancient tastes.

The Caliandro family revealed their key recipe to Walkingwine, Spaghetti con le cozze (see the recipe below).

Walkingwine paired the dish with a white wine, Edda Lei, Chardonnay Bianco Salento IGP which, with its floral notes, it’s the perfect pairing to enhance the taste of the mussels.

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Homemade Cavatelli with Cannellini Beans and Mussels

Home made Cavatelli are a type of pasta originating from Southern Italian prepared with semolina flour and water. This type of pasta is versatile: its shape and texture mix well with many types of sauces.

For today’s recipe we have seasoned the Cavatelli with shellfish (mussels) and legumes (cannellini), following a traditional Mediterranean – Apulian recipe. The strong flavour of these thin with a tender and floury heart beans goes well with the mussels.

So, roll up your sleeves and let’s prepare the Cavatelli.

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Summer Bread Salad: Apulian Acquasala

The Apulia cuisine, inspired by the Mediterranean diet, features a lot of fresh and local herbs, vegetables, fruits, contains a moderate amount of pasta and bread, and includes a little fish and meat. These wholesome ingredients are all topped with extra virgin olive oil.

The Acquasala, a popular dish in Apulia, is an example of this cuisine. It is not only healthy, as it is prepared with fresh ingredients, it is also relatively easy to make. This dish can be enjoyed perfectly after a long day at the beach.

Remember: this recipe has no exact measurements, so you can add as little or as much of each ingredient as you wish.

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Nero di Troia di Terre Carsiche Red Wine and Capocollo Tagliata Pork Meat by Walkingwine

This week we want to bring you in the Puglia region, and more precisely in Cisternino town, the heart of Itria Valley. We recently had the pleasure of spending a few hours together with Giorgio and Giuseppe, the owners of  Il Cucco Cucina Enoteca, eating delectable food and sipping a glass (or more :-)) of  “Nero di Troia” red wine gently suggested by Walkingwine.

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Zin – Fiano Salento White Wine and Black Trofie Pasta with Broccoli Rabe and Cuttlefish

This week the Walkingwine 3-wheeler stopped in “The white city” Ostuni – Puglia at Ristorante Porta Nova and paired a Zin – Fiano Salento white wine with a “Black Trofie Pasta with Broccoli Rabe and Cuttlefish” dish.

Porta Nova is set on a breathtaking view terrace inside a XV Century Aragonese donjon and it offers a lovely view on the olive trees valley and on the Ostuni shore.

Passionate, territorial and feminine” is the definition Erika Ciaccia, the chef of this renowned and fine restaurant,  gives her cuisine. She offers a cuisine with excellent and local ingredients with an international style.

The restaurant opening by Tonino Ciaccia is dated 1989, and since then Erika loves to spend time with her dad in the kitchen. Her passion grew over time and has been strengthened thanks to a master with Massimiliano Alajmo. the youngest chef to gain 3 Michelin stars. Beside that, Erika went to the finals of “Hell’s Kitchen”, in the Italian television. Since she was 18 years old, Erika is the chef of Porta Nova. 

Today she has prepared for us a fish dish that perfectly blends different ingredients and flavours typical of Southern Italy. This dish is enhanced by the distinct personality and structure of Zin – Fiano, as recommended by Walkingwine.

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Apostles’ fingers – Apulian ricotta dessert

This is a quick and traditional recipe from Puglia – Apulia, Southern Italy. If you are eager to learn more about this region, have a look here.

The name of this dessert comes from its color, which is very pale like the fingers of Apostles. So make sure you don’t burn these crepes! :-))

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Ceglie biscuits: our version

These biscuits are a traditional goodness from Ceglie Messapica, a small town in Itria Valley (Upper Salento) – Puglia – Southern Italy. In recent years, its elegant downtown, its amazing countryside (filled with farmlands, olive groves, medieval castles, vineyards, almond trees and trulli) and its food, made with simple and tasty ingredients, have attracted people not only from all over Italy but also from all over the world.

Ceglie biscuits, Slow food Presidium, are made only with products from the territory: almonds, cherry or grape jam, rosolio (homemade liqueur), lemon. If you wish to have a taste of the original ones and you find yourself in Ceglie Massapica, go and visit one of these bakeries: “Forno Allegrini“, “da Gigliola” or “Caffé Pasticceria centrale“.

If you live, just like us, far from Apulia, bake them by yourself following our recipe and you will get an initial idea on how delicious they are!

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Meat Roll- ups, brasciole from Apulia

When I was a child, in my house in Apulia, Sunday wasn’t a respectable Sunday without a succulent dish of pasta al ragù di brasciole. Despite the name the pasta sauce does not contain the brasciole (the meat roll-ups); these are served separately after the pasta (as a secondo piatto in Italian), always accompanied by some good wine, like the well known Salice Salentino or Negroamaro (which at the time I was of course not allowed to drink :))

Thanks to Fabio, a long time friend, for giving us advices about this brasciole dish. 

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