OMG! The Best Treats to Eat and Drink in Southern Italy!

Does your mouth water when you think of Italian food? I mean the good stuff, like you get in Italy… Well, just wait. Here’s a roundup of some favorite southern Italian treats to eat & drink  – some that I didn’t even know existed! I fell in love with these on my recent trip to Puglia:

Aperol and Campari Spritzes. Ok, You may be familiar with these from our friends in Milan, where it’s very popular. However, the drink has taken over the entire country! One difference: up north it may cost upwards of 15 or 16 euro, while you’ll only pay 5 or 6 euros for the same drink down south!

A spritz is a wine-based cocktail, with a bitter alcohol added to it.

Aperol Spritz is 3 parts Prosecco, 2 parts Aperol and 1 part soda water. Add some ice, a slice of orange and enjoy!

Campari Spritz is the same, only substitute Campari for the Aperol. Campari is a stronger alcohol, more intense in flavor, and more bitter. (I’m an Aperol girl!)

Aperol Spritz -my favorite!

Arancini. Italian balls of rice, sometimes with cheese or different stuffings, fried to perfection with a crispy golden-brown outside. Don’t burn your mouth!

Caprese salad. Of course, you can find this salad anywhere and everywhere. But you won’t find these flavorful tomatoes just anywhere! There’s something special about tomatoes grown here, and you’ll find this salad on every menu.

Espressino Fredo. This was a new one for me, and wow, you must try this Italian treat! This blissfully delicious, cold espresso is frothed up with cream into a dessert, much like coffee-flavored soft-serve ice cream. Many places have their own specific recipe, but make sure they make it on site, so you know it’s their own concoction! Indulge in this treat after lunch into the evening. You’ll be glad you did.

Luscious bit of goodness!

Fornello pronti. Another food that was new to me. A “Fornello Pronto” is a butcher shop where you can select the meat on a skewer and they cook it for you while you wait. If you sit to eat, expect to pay a service charge; otherwise, do take-away and sit on a nearby bench. The skewer I chose was a combination of little balls of rolled meat: pork, veal and buffalo. Amazing!

Pasticciotto. A traditional southern Italian breakfast that I simply had to try. They are oval-shaped pastries that look like a miniature loaf of cornbread, and come with various stuffings. Traditional stuffing is a lemon custard, but you’ll find Nutella, cherry, ricotta cheese, egg custard or others. They’re mainly intended for breakfast but you’ll find these tasty treats any time of day.

Pucce. Another item I was unfamiliar with and Pucci are everywhere! Basically a hot, round, somewhat flat sandwich, only so much better. There are many ingredients that can go into one, but my favorite was with Capocollo di Martina Franca (a mouth-watering specialty of the region that is cured ham – but like no ham I’ve ever had before!), fresh mozzarella cheese and arugula and the ‘bread’ is crusty and similar to pizza dough. Yum!

Tuna salad and other fresh fish. Another salad that’s not so unusual. But where else but Italy can you get such fresh fish added to a salad, or grilled and served up at your table!

Of course, there’s so much more to be eaten in southern Italy – the fresh cheese, different pastas, I could go on and on! You’ll just have to go an experience for yourself!

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