Have you ever wondered where Italians go to holiday in their own country? The answer is Puglia, an unspoiled southern region of Italy at the 'heel' of the boot.
With the Adriatic on one side and the Ionian sea on the other, it has miles of ruggedly beautiful beaches, while the interior has fortified hilltop towns overlooking olive groves and ancient conical 'trulli' houses.
In this episode of ExtraVirgin Postcards, we talk with Silvestro Silvestori, who owns cooking school "The Awaiting Table," operating out of the gorgeous baroque city of Lecce, as well as holding classes in a castle 40 minutes away in the countryside.
Silvestro, who's currently waiting out Italian lockdown in the castle, tells us how a little of the history of Puglia and the Salentino peninsula, talks about the local cuisine and wines and gives us his recommendation for of his favourite places to try some traditional dishes of Puglia.
Some of his restaraurant/trattoria mentions include:
Nonna Tetti in Lecce
Bros Lecce's first Michelin starred restaurant
L'Altabaffo in Otranto
Mare Chiaro in Gallipolli