Winter in Southern Italy - Puglia, Massimo's Home!

  • January 21, 2011 · 6:30 PM
  • Massimo's Kitchen Studio

Beginning our sojourn through Southern Italy, we kick off our tour with a visit to Italy’s gateway to the East, and Massimo's home - Puglia. This beautiful region has been ruled by the likes of Greek colonists, Roman conquerors, Goths, Lombards, Byzantines, and Normans. But life in the “boot” of southern Italy is much sunnier today than it was centuries ago. Despite a history of economic hardship, the friendly people of Puglia evoke happiness, hospitality, and a love for life and their land. Surrounded by the Adriatic and the Ionian Seas, the magical landscape of Puglia is home to ancient cathedrals, Greek and Roman ruins, rustic fishing villages, lush forests, medieval hill towns, and pristine white beaches. The Pugliese appetite for life is matched only by an appetite for good food. The region’s dry, hot climate makes it ideal for growing grano duro, or durum wheat – accounting for the superior, irresistible taste of its bread and pasta – and producing world-renowned olive oil., Apulian olive oil is one of the finest in the world and this region alone produces 40% of Italy’s output of olive oil each year. Fava beans, tomatoes, eggplant, broccoli, and zucchini are just a few of the exquisite vegetables cultivated in the region’s rich, fertile soil. With good cheer and hospitality, delicious food and wine, a Pugliese feast is fit for a king. So bring you appetite (an wear stretchy clothes) as we explore the tastes and culture of Massimo's home region. A full menu will be posted shortly and Massimo will be putting together a multi course meal for us to enjoy, so wear comfy clothes and skip lunch! Space is limited to 36 people maximum. You are welcome to invite friends, just indicate the number of people attending when you RSVP. Fee: $75 + HST per person. Wine: Guests must bring their own wine. A recommended list will be sent out to all those participating, a couple of days before the dinner

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  • Warren G.

    We all enjoyed very much the food and overall experience and will definitely be back again !

    January 25, 2011

  • Betty

    Stellar! All my guests had a great time and the food was beyond amazing!!

    January 22, 2011

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