The Valle d'Itria: an unusual landscape
Cisternino Travel Blog› entry 7 of 8 › view all entries
June 23rd, 2009 – by: LaurasAdventures
Say â€śCisterninoâ€ť to someone from Puglia- if their first response isnâ€™t â€śtrulliâ€ť it will be â€śMEAT.â€ť Cisternino is famous for excellent meat. The hills & forests nearby graze a lot of cattle and the town has a tradition of cooking it well. The restaurant we chose, along with many in the city, is a little intimidating at first. Upon walking through the door, you are greeted by a butcherâ€™s stand sporting numerous types of sausage, skewered-rolls of bacon-olive-fillet, enormous steaks of buffalo or beef, and whatever else the butcher is doing that day. Before being allowed to take a seat, you select your raw cuts of meat directly from the butcher- who in our case wasnâ€™t subtle in his opinions on just what and how we should eat that evening. Only after the butcher took our selections and put them on the grill, were we taken to a table and allowed to order water, wine and everything else! But- they do indeed know their meat- it was probably some of the best sausage and skewers Iâ€™ve ever had.
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