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Bringing you the flavors of Puglia through imported foods and olive oil, & exclusive getaways.

Puglia is a magical place. As the "heel" of Italy's boot,  a peninsula within a peninsula, it is a place where travelers must choose to go. Off the beaten path, trains traversing Italy North to South end their journey here, even the last cobblestones of the ancient Roman Via Appia are laid here.

Thick olive groves, rocky soils, and sea waters on three sides have created a land of unique culture, language, and history. Puglia harbors Italy's best olive oil, ancient vineyards, and some of the best culinary traditions Italy has to offer.  Italians are well acquainted with this "secret", but outside travelers rarely journey to this southern corner of Italy.

We are two sisters with family roots in Puglia. Our mother was born here and so was her mother and her mother. Our family's roots in Puglia are as deep as those of the centuries old olive trees. We have come to appreciate the many gifts Puglia has to offer - from food and wine to its ancient customs. Our mission is to share these with you, to bring you into the fold of Pugliese hospitality so that you too may experience the treasures of this ancient land.

 

 

 

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Recipe Blog

Benvenuti in Puglia!

Beans

One of the first things I do when I arrive in Puglia is remove my watch. Hours and minutes become irrelevant units of time in this sun singed heel of Italy's boot. Here in il mezzogiorno, a term meaning "the south" but literally translated to "the noonday" or the land of perpetual noon, it is the sun's slow arc across the blazen blue sky which dictates daily rhythms. As the sun rises above the clear Adriatic sea, cafés open to their first customers. Towns and villages begin to buzz with the sound of scooters and neighbors calling out, "Buongiorno!". Everyone is busy, either working or shopping for the day's fresh ingredients. Then, as the sun reaches its zenith, businesses begin to shutter and everyone heads home for pranzo. A softer tinkering is heard - namely the sound of silverware and glasses being used at the table. Aromas of sauces and stews fill the narrow alleyways.  And then...silence. Lunchtime slides seamlessly into siesta, until the sun begins its slow decent towards the western horizon and everyone resumes their day's work.

It is here, in this rugged, dry peninsula surrounded by lapiz colored seas that we spent much of our time growing up. As children, we stayed with our nonna, grandmother, and learned much of Puglia's culinary tradition from her. And while our nonna is no longer with us, a numerous extended family still welcomes us warmly each time we make the trip from our home in California. We are fortunate enough to have been taught the language, the traditions, and a deep appreciation for the arts; and we now do our best to pass it down to our children.

We hope to share our knowledge with you, and inspire you to partake in some of the many beautiful things Puglia has to offer, whether it is through our recipes or with our travel tips in hand in Puglia itself.