Discover ABRUZZO (part 2)
In this beautiful region, you will find breathtaking nature, art, and beauty, but also enjoy delicious local specialties accompanied by excellent wines.
The region hosts the famous Montepulciano grape variety. Its smooth, plum-scented and elegant red wine, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, is produced in the Chieti province. Today, Montepulciano D’Abruzzo (not to be confused with Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, the Sangiovese-based red wine from Tuscany) is one of Italy’s most famous wines, sold all around the world. Abruzzo produces many other DOC and DOCG wines, included Trebbiano d'Abruzzo and Controguerra.
Thanks to its spectacular variety of landscapes, which ranges from seas to mountain ranges, Abruzzo's cuisine is rich in both delicious seafood and tasty meat dishes. On the coast you will find fish, in the inland, legumes and meat. If you find yourself in the Abruzzo countryside, you cannot leave without trying arrosticini! These salted and grilled meat (usually lamb) skewers are one of Abruzzo's most famous dishes. If you prefer pasta, try spaghetti alla chitarra, handmade noodles with a 200-year-old culinary history. This egg pasta is made with a tool that looks like a guitar, and its is usually dressed with a lamb and tomato sauce. In Sulmona, try two regional specialties: red garlic, or aglio rosso, and confetti, sugar-coated or chocolate-dipped almonds traditionally given to wedding guests. L’Aquila, instead, boasts a booming saffron market. Abruzzo also produces high-quality cheeses, the most typical being pecorino.
ABRUZZO’S OLIVE OIL, A RISING STAR
Extra virgin olive oil produced in Abruzzo has gained praise in recent years. Indeed, Abruzzo is the fifth largest producer of olive oil in Italy, a position it has gained thanks to its perfect temperate climate. Magnifico is very proud to offer a great selection of extra virgin olive oil from Abruzzo’s Tenuta Masciangelo, a producer from Francavilla al Mare, a beautiful city overlooking the sea in the Chieti province. Why do we love Masciangelo’s oil? Because it is simply amazing, coming from ancient and majestic trees, growing in a region blessed by a perfect microclimate, embraced by hills and sea.
- Donatella Mulvoni