Basilicata isn’t the most visited region of Italy — it is dry, rocky, mountainous and somewhat isolated. Food traditions are less influenced by the centuries of Mediterranean marauding that shaped the cuisine and culture of most other parts of Italy — they were easier to get to. But the region is beautiful with rich volcanic soil. And it’s the home of Matera, considered the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. Caves carved out of the craggy stone terrain make up the original dwellings of the Sassi di Matera people and housed this paleolithic community up until they were forced to leave the Sassis in the mid 1950s for major retrofits. It’s a pure food of the south.
For our Easter menu from Basilicata:
We’ll start with a Minestra of ceci beans and early spring vegetables
And follow with a traditional Basilicata Orecchiette alla Potentina Orecchiette with mozzarella and meatballs
Lamb will be spit roasted and served with anchovy sauce
Dessert: Easter wheat berry torte with kumquat compote
Please join us!