This region, which is divided between the sea and the mountains, has produced an interesting combination of flavours and colours; only grain products are lacking in abundance due to the shortage of the flat plains that are necessary to ensure sustainable cultivation. The only plains are that of Gioia Tauro, where citrus fruit and olive trees are traditionally planted. In recounting the food and wine tradition of this corner of Calabria, it is impossible not to mention olive oil, together with table olives produced by the Saracen olive trees from Locri. The meats are of equal importance: goat, wild boar, and above all, prized pork, which gives rise to the delicious capocollo of Ferruzzano and Pietrapennata, aged in catoji, in cellars made of rock.
Then there is the sea, which in addition to the traditional catches made of anchovies, garfish, saury fish, sardines, surici fish, scabbard fish, and swordfish that mainly come from the Bagnara and Scilla areas, there is also “stocco” (typically known as stockfish).
Finally, the typical sweets: from artisanal gelato (ice cream), to mostaccioli, susumelle, and stomatico, a true triumph of sugar for the palate.
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Reggio Calabria, the capital of artisan ice cream
The artisan ice cream in Reggio Calabria is nothing short of an art. The numerous ice cream shops around the city, specifically in the historic centre and on the waterfront, many of which have been awarded national prizes (the first prize for artisan ice cream in 2018 went to Reggio), offer an excep [...]
The magic of the Chianalea village and not to be missed street food
Summer evenings take on a magical and unforgettable charm and atmosphere if you choose to spend them along the narrow streets almost fully immersed in the Tyrrhenian Sea of Chianalea, the ancient seaside village of Scilla. An authentic pearl of the Costa Viola, not to mention one of the most beautif [...]
A tropical mirage on the Strait
The Annona is a fruit plant native to the Andean highlands of Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, and Bolivia, and is almost unknown in Europe. Interestingly, however, this fruit, with its exquisite taste, has been consumed on Calabrian tables for over 200 years.
The region’s mild and favourable climate has [...]
One never sleeps on the Reggio Calabria waterfront
Reggio’s waterfront, especially in the summer, is not only an essential stop on a tour, but also a true journey of experiences that can be had both day and night.
The reception services overlook the sea. With the early light of day, they offer swimming services, and by sunset they turn into a mee [...]
Fishing for swordfish has ancient origins that date back to the second century BC: we learn about it from some Greek historians, such as Polibio, who, fascinated by this type of fishing, accurately describe the technique.
There is also a legend that describes that when Achilles died, his warriors [...]
More than a fruit, it is an institution
What can we expect from a product that traditionally grows only in this area of the world? A unique opportunity to meet in this land master perfumers, experts on natural remedies, and a great variety of traditions that have produced sweets, liqueurs, natural tinctures, oils, essential oils, and mass [...]