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Puglia is one of the most beautiful regions in southern Italy. It makes up the ‘heel’ of the famous Italian ‘boot’, stretching along the coast to provide the area with kilometres of Mediterranean ocean. Bordered by three other regions that are rich in history, Puglia is a central location for Italian culture, history, and cuisine. When you visit the region, you will want to sample some of the food and wine in Puglia. This guide tells you all you need to know about the local cuisine and where you can sample it.

An Introduction to Puglia Cuisine

Puglia, perhaps, has some of the finest food that Italy has to offer. It is, in many ways, the definition of traditional Mediterranean food. It’s fresh, healthy, light, and meticulously prepared by chefs that really care about the food they are creating. Meat is not commonly used, but fish is bountiful. When you taste a dish from Puglia, you won’t want to eat anything else. It is exceptional and beautiful all in one.

Traditional Dishes

Food in Puglia is truly delicious, as mentioned in the previous section, and there are some fantastic traditional dishes. During your holidays to Puglia, you simply must sample a few of these Italian foods.

Rustico: fresh bread stuffed with a variety of local vegetables and herbs.

Burrata: mozzarella filled with a soft and indulgent cream filling.

Pasticciotto: breaded pudding filled with custard, along with honeyed almonds and figs.

Puccia: pizza dough stuffed with meats and cheeses or vegetables like a sandwich.

Frisella: crunchy bread with a drizzle of olive oil (their largest industry).

Pizzette: mini pizzas topped with cherry tomatoes. A light snack enjoyed on the beach.


The main delicacy in Puglia is also their regional speciality. Their classic pasta is called orecchiette, which translates to ‘little ears’. This name is given to them after their delicate shape. While there are many different types of pasta on offer in the region, this is one that you simply must try while you are visiting.

Introduction to Wines in Puglia

Wine in Puglia is not as renowned as its food. However, no Italian holiday is complete without sampling some of the local Italian wine. Puglia produces 17% of Italy’s wine, more than any other region, and it is delicious.

The most commonly grown variety of grape in the region is Negroamaro, which means ‘black bitter’ (literally translated). It is grown almost exclusively in Puglia and is used to produce some of the best wines in the region – namely Salice Salentino.

The most famous grape in the region, however, is Primitivo. The wines it produces, such as Primitivo di Manduria, are high in alcohol content and possess a full body for a rich flavour. White wines are also produced in the region, but much less so than the classic red. In fact, white wine production in Puglia is very low.

Food and wine are some of the best things you can experience on an Italian getaway. At Long Travel we are here to help you experience the best possible locations when you visit. With a wide range of Puglia hotels and Puglia villas to choose from, you can find a place to stay that is near some of the best locations for food and wine, and we can help you discover where they are.

Hotels in Puglia

Tucked away from mass tourism sits undiscovered Puglia, boasting golden beaches, cuisine dictated by seasons and glittering sunshine. Choose from a range of beach hotels, boutique hotels or luxury properties, the choice is all yours..

Self Catering in Puglia

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