Food Tour CAMPANIA. Part 2
The beautiful Campania region, in the southwest of Italy, is maybe one of the best destinations for a “food pilgrimage.” From antipasti, pastas, main courses, desserts and liquors, this corner of the nation will never disappoint you or your appetite.
A UNIQUE CULINARY HERITAGE
If you are looking for an unforgettable vacation, you should consider a trip to Campania, known all around the world for its sun, sea, culture, and food. The fertility of this lend allows rich harvests of flavorful vegetables. This region is also famous for an extensive variety of seafood specialties, cheeses, traditional cured meats, desserts, and liqueurs.
THE HOME OF PIZZA
Did you know that Campania is the birthplace of pizza? One of the most adored foods around the world was invented in this blessed land when, in 1889, Queen Margherita of Savoy visited Naples. Three simple ingredients - tomato sauce, basil and buffalo mozzarella – create this culinary Neapolitan miracle. Even today, if you want to taste real pizza, you should go to Naples.
Campania is also the Italian capital of street food. Baked, grilled, fried, Campanian street food selection is huge and, of course, delicious. You should try pizza fritta (fried pizza), pizza a portafoglio (the classic folded pizza), and panuozzo (a sandwich made by pizza). You can’t leave the region without tasting the cuoppo, a cone – made from paper – filled with fried seafood. In the street food category, falls also gelato, sometimes flavored with espresso or the famous lemon from Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast, called sfusato because of its typical long shape.
Spaghetti, maccheroni, cavatelli, trofie, fusilli, ziti…Campania treasures the secret of pasta. The capital of pasta is in this region is the city of Gragnano, not far from Naples. The ancient Kingdom of Naples, indeed, had one of the most important production of dry pastas. The pasta produced in Gragnano, made with durum wheat and pure local water from Lattari Mountains, is rigorously extruded through rough bronze form and mountain air dried. Magnifico proudly offers a top-notch selection of Gragnano pasta by Cuomo.
Someonw fondly refer to mozzarella di bufala (soft stretched-curd cheese made with buffalo milk) as the white Campanian gold. It is produced in the cities of Paestum, Salerno and Caserta. Mozzarella is the main ingredient of one of the most beloved antipasti, the Caprese Salad made with tomatoes, fresh basil, a drizzle of olive oil over and mozzarella. For this and many other reasons, Campania should definitely be your next Italian vacation!
- Donatella Mulvoni