Tasting my way through "la cucina povera" in Puglia, Italy

Tasting my way through "la cucina povera" in Puglia, Italy

Every evening around seven o’clock the people of Puglia put on their glad rags and take a leisurely stroll through town. This ritual is known as la passeggiata, and here, on the heel of the boot of Italy, it’s as languid as the setting of the sun itself. It’s a time when everyone comes out to indulge in each other’s company as well as some local fare. Never mind its just before dinnertime, restaurant and café patios are packed with passersby who have stopped for a bite of antipasto and a glass of primitivo red wine; a basket of taralli (a pretzel-like snack) washed down with Birrozza craft beer; or a custard-filled pasticcioto with caffe in ghiacco, iced coffee laced with almond milk. Even the steps of ancient churches are lined with gelato junkies and pizza buffs.

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