Category Archive: Food and Wine

Vinitaly 2016

Having friends in the wine business has many advantages, not least the opportunity to buy exceptional wine at cost, but it also opens up many other doors to exceptional experiences. Vinitaly was one… Continue reading

Poetic, Passionate Plates of Puglian Cuisine: Masseria Il Frantoio

They say it’s not all about the food and ‘they’ may be right but at Masseria Il Frantoio, located near Ostuni, you will find passion and poetic stories, as Armando Balestrazzi (the owner),… Continue reading

Rosso Velluto: Vox Popvli Food and Wine Event

Vox Popvli may not sound like your typical Puglian restaurant but that’s because it isn’t. Owners Stefano Suma and Pia Urso (husband and wife) have travelled the world, experiencing an array of culinary… Continue reading

Buona Pasqua! Happy Easter from Puglia!

The scarcella, also known in some areas as scarcedda, is a typical Puglian Easter cake. Another dialect term (from the Brindisi region) is pupu cullovu which means baby with egg, which I thought… Continue reading

Antichi Sapori: An antiquity of Salento delights

Even on a cold, wintery day in Puglia, with a sprinkling of snow on the ground, there was still a very warm welcome from Antichi Sapori. Where Giusy was keen to welcome us… Continue reading

Cooking Like a Local: Pugliese Style! – ‘A La Brace’

Written by guest blogger Maria Demkowicz Having cooked a traditional roast chicken, Yorkshires and trifle Sunday lunch for Italian friends I was invited for a return match the following week. With some trepidation… Continue reading

Judging an Advanced Culinary Art Course: Oh, what fun!

It was a great honour to be invited to judge an advanced culinary art competition at the 4 Star Ostuni Palace Hotel, in Ostuni the other night. And it was a lot of… Continue reading

Enogastronomic Event: 4th March 2016

Puglian Pleasures are teaming-up with Corso Vittorio Veneto, in San Michele Salentino, to offer a night of enogastronomic delights. From their creative kitchen, you will sample 3 local Salento courses, paired  with the… Continue reading

Review of Puglian Pleasures Wine Tour: By Let’s go to Puglia!

This year I had the pleasure to meet the founders of Let’s go to Puglia and several of their guests as they joined us for our Puglian Pleasures wine tour. This is their… Continue reading

Cooking Like a Local: Pugliese Style! – All Things Squash

Keeping with tradition and using only fresh local ingredients, this week’s ‘cooking like a local’ makes some great tasty dishes using the humble squash, which in my opinion is under used and under… Continue reading