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Dishes of interest in Gallipoli, Italy

Dishes of interest in Gallipoli, Italy

by George Black

Italy is a country with probably the richest history in Europe, and every city is unique in its own way. For example, Gallipoli may have been founded in ancient times by the Idomeneus of Crete or the Senones Gauls, or the Messpians. That's because the place is as ancient as the oldest of known historical sources. Byzantine castles, the baroque Cathedral of Sant'Agata, Spiaggia la Puritate beach under the city walls, and many other landmarks make Gallipoli an extremely interesting place. The same goes for the food people in such a place eat.

1. Panzerotti are the better calzones
Panzerotti are the better calzones
Panzerotti

Panzerotti is also known as fried calzone, it is crispy golden pillows filled with tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. This pastry can be stuffed with sweet ingredients as well. The dish originated in Central and Southern Italy.

#2 of 25 restaurants with desserts in Gallipoli
Italian
Via Antonietta de Pace, 34, Gallipoli, Apulia, Italy
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Different parts of Italy have their own hallmark foods, and we should probably start with something native to the region of Puglia and its surroundings, where Gallipoli is located. There is a savory turnover that originated in Central and Southern Italian cuisine called panzerotti. It's something like a small calzone, made from dough and shaped accordingly. The main difference is that panzerotti are usually fried rather than oven-baked, thus earning the nickname "fried calzones". 

Check out Fedele for decent panzerotti.

2. Parmigiana is always here
Parmigiana is always here
Parmigiana

It's one of the most popular Italian dishes made of thinly sliced, floured and deep-fried eggplants. Parmigiana is layered with eggplants, cheese and tomato sauce and then baked in the oven. Try it with zucchini or artichokes instead of eggplants.

#3 of 245 Italian restaurants in Gallipoli
Seafood
Via Antonietta de Pace, 15, Gallipoli, Apulia, Italy
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The next item on our list is very common across all of Italy. It's only natural that parmigiana is popular in the south of the country, as its origins are attributed to Campania and Sicily. The dish itself comprises sliced eggplant pan-fried in oil, tomato sauce and cheese layering. It's baked in an oven until it reaches the edible condition with a smooth yet slightly crispy taste. A few variations are available, with the most popular being the one with mozzarella and Parmigiano.

Try Da Clara to get some delicious parmigiana.

3. Ravioli is ever-present
Ravioli is ever-present
Ravioli

This dish dates back to the 14th century Venus and means 'to wrap'. It's a type of dumplings and it's pasta in the form of small dough cases with a savory filling - meat, cheese or vegetables. Ravioli are usually served with broth or sauce.

#15 of 377 restaurants in Gallipoli
Mediterranean, Seafood, Dessert
Riviera Armando Diaz, 75, Gallipoli, Apulia, Italy
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When it comes to Italian cuisine, encountering some things is inevitable. Pasta is essentially Italian in the mind of a food enthusiast, and ravioli is no exception to that rule. the pasta dough with filling is world-renowned, commonly square, and filled with ricotta cheese, spinach, nutmeg and black pepper. As old as most Italian traditions, ravioli is the kind of food you cannot miss whether you've tried it before or not. Modern chefs have perfected the dish so much that missing it would be almost criminal.

Ristorante La Vinaigrette is a safe bet when trying to get modern ravioli.

4. Crostini can take the edge off
Crostini can take the edge off
Crostini

It's a well-known Italian starter consisting of small slices of lightly fried or toasted garlic bread and a variety of toppings. Crostini can be slathered with olive oil and topped with tomatoes, fresh basil, tangy cheese or meat. This appetizer is usually served with soups.

#25 of 377 restaurants in Gallipoli
Seafood, Italian
Riviera Nazario Sauro, 57, Gallipoli, Apulia, Italy
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The lesser-known type of food on our list is still a staple of the local cuisine and deserves all the attention it can get. Crostini, as some readers may know, is originally a peasant dish, therefore, its ascension to the status of a restaurant-style appetizer shows how much society has progressed as a whole. Still, it's tasty enough to warrant respect regardless of its background. Slices of grilled or toasted bread with a variety of toppings is as simple as a recipe can be, and this universal simplicity is its main power. It makes you relaxed and ready for more substantial things.

Il Pettolino offers great crostini.

5. Prosciutto makes it serious
Prosciutto makes it serious
Prosciutto

Try this sweet delicate ham that is made of dry-cured hind legs of pigs. Eat prosciutto raw or add it to pasta or risotto. The recipes of Italian prosciuttos differ in various regions. The most famous is Parma ham, or Prosciutto di Parma, that is salted and air-dried for 8-24 months.

#1 of 141 pizza restaurants in Gallipoli
Pizza
Via Lecce, 85, Gallipoli, Apulia, Italy
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Now, this is that substantial something that can be accompanied by crostini. Dry-cured ham in thin slices is as exquisite and nourishing as well-made meat can be. Italians call it prosciutto crudo, or just prosciutto. It is served as an antipasto, wrapped around grissini, or accompanied with melon or figs. Prosciutto is a great addition to cooked spring vegetables, such as asparagus or peas. Another use is for other meats, such as veal, as a wrap-around veal or steak, in a filled bread, or as a pizza topping.

Lievita 72 is good for tasty and properly made prosciutto.

6. Carpaccio adds diversity
Carpaccio adds diversity
Carpaccio

It's an Italian appetizer made from thinly sliced raw meat or fish, drizzled with lemon juice and olive oil and served with onions and capers. Carpaccio was introduced in Venice in 1950. A restaurant owner cooked it for a countess who couldn't eat boiled meat for medical reasons.

#11 of 236 seafood restaurants in Gallipoli
Seafood
Via Incrociata, 9, Gallipoli, Apulia, Italy
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Another appetizer on the list is worthy of a serious meal in its own right. Carpaccio usually consists of beef, veal, venison, salmon or tuna, in different proportions and amounts. The ingredients are thinly sliced or pounded thin and served raw. Other components usually include lemon, olive oil and white truffle or Parmesan cheese. Carpaccio is a rather modernist, or even post-modernist food invented in a post-WWII period, which makes it a perfect choice for a modern meal.

RosiNella is a great choice for carpaccio.

7. Gelato butters you up
Gelato butters you up
Gelato

It's traditional Italian ice cream acknowledged to be one of the best frozen desserts in the world. Gelato was introduced by the Italian chef in Paris in 1600. This dessert contains 3.25% milk and sugar. It has a lower percentage of fat and less air, that's why it boasts of a richer texture.

#5 of 201 cafes in Gallipoli
Italian
Via Cavalieri di Rodi, 13, Gallipoli, Apulia, Italy
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We've had baked and raw dishes on the list, now it's time for something cool, in more ways than one. This dish also has a story to tell in its origin. As far back as the 17th century, Italian chef Francesco Procopio Dei Coltelli invented the cold dessert called gelato for the French nobility to earn citizenship. Gelato is made from ingredients like vanilla, chocolate, hazelnut, almond, pistachio and cream. These ingredients are actually heated first for pasteurization and then cooled for mixing and adding milk to make a frozen mass.

You can try great gelato in places like Cioccolati Gourmet, especially if you like chocolate.

8. Tiramisu makes it even sweeter
Tiramisu makes it even sweeter
Tiramisu

It's an authentic no-bake Italian dessert with a coffee flavor. It means 'cheer me up' because of the two caffeine-containing ingredients - coffee and cocoa. Tiramisu is made from espresso-dipped ladyfingers and mascarpone cream.

Pizza, Italian
Via Lecce, 173, Gallipoli, Apulia, Italy
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If cold desserts are not our thing, we can always proceed to something more neutral but no less sweet and tasty. Tiramisu is a great dish to consume with coffee or tea, as it's coffee-flavoured itself. The basic recipe comprises a mixture of eggs, sugar, and mascarpone cheese, flavoured with cocoa. Aesthetics are no less important, and the classic round shape of the tiramisu cake has been diversified with the introduction of other figures like rectangles and squares.

Beautiful and tasty tiramisu can be found at 1489 Food Pop.

9. Risotto builds bridges
Risotto builds bridges
Risotto

This dish comes from Northern Italian whose climate is ideal for growing rice (riso means 'rice'). The key ingredient is semi-rounded short-grain rice cooked with meat, fish or vegetable broth. Try risotto with parmesan cheese and white wine. Add saffron for flavour and yellow colour.

#11 of 141 pizza restaurants in Gallipoli
Italian, Mediterranean, Pizza, Seafood
Viale Giovanni Bovio, 17, Gallipoli, Apulia, Italy
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Moving away from desserts, let's focus on interregional connections within Italy. Risotto was invented in the north but has since become popular across Italy. Gallipoli is no exception, and broth-cooked rice with creamy consistency can be found at the table at any restaurant. Risotto, unlike other rice dishes, requires constant care and attention, making it one of the more demanding dishes on our list, and for good reasons. The taste, lightness, and texture are felt both aesthetically and in terms of taste.

Trattoria La Stazione has wonderful risotto.

10. Seafood pasta feels exotic
Seafood pasta feels exotic
Seafood pasta

Traditionally seafood pasta is a mix of prawns, clams, mussels and scallops, all tossed together with spaghetti in a homemade tomato sauce. An easy yet elegant Mediterranean meal that’s perfect for entertaining.

#24 of 245 Italian restaurants in Gallipoli
Seafood, Italian
Riviera Sauro, 87, Gallipoli, Apulia, Italy
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Let's finish off today's list with something less anticipated. As stated before, pasta is a very common type of food referred to when discussing Italian cuisine. But what about pasta with seafood? That should get the attention of someone in the know or a regular visitor trying to get a taste of southern Italy. Seafood pasta is a rather natural twist on the classic formula, because clams, mussels, and other seafood products go very well with the basic recipe. The taste is not the same, naturally, but definitely worth checking out.

La Risacca has both the view and the seafood pasta.

Gallipoli has a lot of history and a lot of things to offer, both culinary and aesthetic, not to mention all the other amenities found in a southern Italian city. Have a great time soaking up sunlight and tasting the local food.

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