Basilicata is the mountainous region of Italy’s north. Rugged and unforgiving terrain make agriculture difficult in this sparsely populated region. Here is the home of ‘cucina povera’ reflecting isolation and hard times. Many dishes reflective of a nothing goes to waste attitude; lard flavoured with peperoncino, sausage using (nearly) every part of the pig and long-brasied dishes to tenderise even the toughest meat. The region is deeply entrenched in peasant traditions, ancient homes are cut in to the stone coastline and have housed families for generations. Impenetrable mountains have left this part of Italy untouched compared to other regions.
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