The traditional cuisine of Abruzzo is eclectic, drawing on pastoral, mountain, and coastal cuisine. Staples of Abruzzo cuisine include bread, pasta, meat, cheese, and wine. The isolation which has characterized the region for decades has ensured the independence of its culinary tradition from those of nearby regions.[1] Local cuisine was widely appreciated in a 2013 survey among foreign tourists.[2]

Ingredients

Abruzzese cuisine is known for the following ingredients:

Dishes

Starters

Bruschetta
Bruschetta

Abbruzzese starters (Italian: antipasti) include:

Pasta

Maccheroni alla chitarra
Maccheroni alla chitarra

One of the region's most popular dishes is maccheroni alla chitarra. The pasta is prepared by pressing dough through a chitarra, creating long, thin noodles similar to spaghetti. It is served with a tomato-based sauce, often flavored with peppers, pork, goose or lamb,[13] accompanied by regional side dishes such as the bean-and-noodle soup known as sagne e fagioli (flavored with tomatoes, garlic, oil, and peperoncini).[14] Other popular pasta dishes are gnocchi carrati, flavored with bacon and pecorino cheese, and pastuccia (polenta with sausage, eggs, and cheese).

Main courses

Arrosticini
Arrosticini

The region features several types of roast lamb and mutton, including:

Other meat-based main coursees include:

Seafood also plays a role in the cuisine of Abruzzo, especially areas near the coast. Brodetti, a fish broth from Vasto, Giulianova and Pescara, is cooked in an earthenware pot and flavored with tomatoes, herbs, and peperoncino. Other seafood includes scapece (marinated fish) from Vasto. It is the only dish in Abruzzo to use saffron, one of the region's most important products. The fish (often skate) is cut into pieces, floured and browned in a frying pan. The vinegar-based marinade can preserve the fish for 20 to 30 days in wooden containers which are passed from generation to generation.

Breads and pizzas

Rustic pizzas are also common:

Salumi

Salumi (singular salume) is an Italian term describing the preparation of cured meat products made predominantly from pork.

Mortadella di Campotosto
Mortadella di Campotosto

Spreadable sausage flavored with nutmeg and liver sausage with garlic and spices are hallmarks of Teramo cuisine. Ventricina from the Vasto area is made with large pieces of fat and lean pork, pressed and seasoned with powdered sweet peppers and fennel and encased in dried pig stomach. Mortadella di Campotosto (well-known in Abruzzo) is an oval, dark-red mortadella with a white column of fat. They are generally sold in pairs, tied together. Another name for the mortadella is coglioni di mulo (donkey's balls). It is made from shoulder and loin meat, prosciutto trimmings and fat. It is 80 percent lean meat; 25 percent is prosciutto (ham), and 20 percent is pancetta. The meat is minced and mixed with salt, pepper and white wine.

Cheeses

The region's principal cheeses are:

Caprino
Caprino

Atri and Rivisondoli are known for their cheeses. Mozzarella (fresh or seasoned) is typically made from ewe's milk; many lesser-known cheeses are found throughout Abruzzo and Molise.

Desserts and sweets

Pizzelle are a typical Abruzzo sweet.
Pizzelle are a typical Abruzzo sweet.

Abruzzo's sweets are well-known:

Fruits

The region's principal fruits are:

Alcoholic drinks

A Montepulciano d'Abruzzo wine labelled as made from old vines
A Montepulciano d'Abruzzo wine labelled as made from old vines

The region's principal wines are:

Liqueurs include:

IGT wines are Alto Tirino, Colli Aprutini, Colli del Sangro, Colline Frentane, Colline Pescaresi, Colline Teatine, Del Vastese (or Histonium), Terre di Chieti, and Valle Peligna.[24]

See also

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