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Monopoli food

The landscape with the colors of history and nature finds its ideal mirror in the typical dishes. The delicacies of the sea land in the port of a very rich table. How can you resist a fish soup (Cjambòtte) or a fried fish in which even crabs peep out? A baking pan of rice, potatoes and mussels, the first cousin of Valencian paella, reminds Monopolitans of the Bourbon domination. The octopus, grilled or cooked in a terracotta pot (pignata) and even raw, has been a staple of the Adriatic diet for millennia. The countryside pours its meadows into the dish as in the typical ‘ngrepiete: its name could derive from the Greek adjective kraipnos with the meaning of quick, swirling as the wooden spoon swirls inside the terracotta pot to mix purée of fava beans and country vegetables. There are mainly four traditional herbs, namely the common aspraggine called Pisscelucerte, the wild fennel (Finucchjidde), the dandelion (Dente di leone) and the rural chicory (Cecuredde). Our local panzerotto is similar to the Neapolitan fried pizza, born from the leftover dough of bread fried in olive oil in the form of half-moons stuffed with pieces of tomato and cheese. A variety of watermelon called Cjanciuffe is a key summer ingredient in the Cjallèdde, a refreshing wet bread soup also seasoned with sliced tomatoes, olive oil, salt, pepper and oregano. Next to this excellent course we find zucchina alla poverella, fried slices of zucchini with vinegar and mint. Since the fifteenth century the tradition gives us the recipe of taralli. These are baked goods probably born in times of famine made with a mixture of flour, olive oil, salt and white wine, usually offered to guests. Among the typical sweets, a place of honor goes to the bocconotto, a shortcrust pastry filled with “pasta reale” (almonds and sugar paste) and black cherries.

Eventi a Monopoli

Prospero Fest 2024
From June 16 – 21 “Prospero Fest” takes place at the Old Port (Porto Vecchio)
30 May 2024

Prospero Fest, the event promoted by the Department of Culture of the Municipality of Monopoli, to be held from 16 to…

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Visit Monopoli: the presentation video for the 2024 events season.
7 February 2024

This year again, the City of Monopoli participated in BIT24, the International Tourism Exchange, to present the calendar of events for…

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The great exhibition on the History of Urban Art
5 February 2024

IN MY NAME above the show, the international exhibition of Urban Art scheduled from 19 July to 3 November at the…

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Bit 2024: Presentation of the City of Monopoli’s tourist events
5 February 2024

A long calendar of events, music, theatre, exhibitions, meetings with authors and traditions that will accompany citizens, visitors and tourists until…

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PhEST returns from September 1st to November 1st
24 July 2023

Kicking off from 1 September to 1 November in Monopoli, Puglia PhEST – an international photography and art festival that dedicates…

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“Ritratti Festival” returns to “stop time” from 17 July to 3 August 2023
14 June 2023

Determined to “fermare il tempo,” the Ritratti di Monopoli Festival captures moments in an artistic project that explores various aspects of…

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