EATING WELL

TASTE
FLAVOUR
TRADITION

EATING WELL IN CALABRIA

The typical cuisine of the province of Catanzaro is based on simple and genuine elements such as olive oil, chilli pepper and wholemeal bread. Local specialities are pasta chjna – a pasta filled with provola cheese, boiled eggs, soppressata and topped with meat sauce and grated cheese – and ciambrotta, a vegetarian dish of dry pasta with a sauce of fried eggs and pecorino cheese. The most famous of the main courses is U Murzeddhu, a special tripe cooked over a low heat, with a spicy sauce. Morzello is eaten inside a special round bread typical of Catanzaro called Pitta.

Then there are “stigghiole”, i.e. kid, veal or pork offal cooked with tomato, vegetables and chilli pepper. Also of note are sausages such as soppressata and cheeses such as butirri, a type of caciocavallo cheese with butter inside. Characteristic sweets are the “crocette”: dried figs filled with walnuts, cinnamon, candied citron and baked in the oven. All almond sweets are also good. Desserts are accompanied by the local Malvasia wine, while for table wines all the various wines produced in the hills of the province are excellent.

TYPICAL CUISINE information: scivateddi (handmade spaghetti), tiana (roast lamb seasoned with spices, potatoes, artichokes and peas) and the typical morseddhu, made by grinding the offal and adding the inevitable red pepper and tomato sauce.

FOOD AND WINE ITINERARIES

THE ROAD OF CASSIODOREAN FLAVOURS

A gourmet route along the Ionian coast of Catanzaro
where wine, oil and organic crops reign supreme.

The road winds through the central section of the Gulf of Squillaceand is organised to show how the same products already praised by Cassiodorus are grown and cultivated. Olive groves, orchards, wild herbs – everything you need to flavour the typical local cuisine comes from here. The scent of oregano and the overwhelming flavour of capers, which accompany the area’s real pride and joy, organic olive oil, emanate from this road. Not forgetting asparagus and wild fennel, whose spring leaves are used to season pasta dishes.
All these products are protected by theAssociazione Strada dei Sapori Cassiodorei, with its food and wine itinerary that mainly touches on the towns of San Floro, Girifalco and Staletti, are all small Catanzaro municipalities strongly linked to their agricultural traditions and surrounded by specialities known as “ervi e timpa”, which in local dialect means trail herbs.

Cassiodorean flavours

Street capersare selected from the flower when they are still tightly closed and firm. They are then salted, so that their aroma can be released when the fruit is ripe and finally rinsed or pickled, thus ending up in a thousand traditional recipes. The wild asparagus, on the other hand, arrive on Calabrian tables thanks to their collection from the hedgerows near vegetable gardens and orchards; while fennel, which is also wild and whose flowers and seeds are used to scent various dishes, grows all over the place along the country lanes. Oregano, on the other hand, is still harvested with the whole plant when it is still in flower, with its bunches hanging in the shade to dry before use in the kitchen. And then there is the organic, extra virgin olive oilto which many companies in the area are dedicated.

OUR SUGGESTIONS

FARMHOUSE

6 km from the Oasis
The ‘I PASCOLI DI ULISSE’ farm
Locality Fiasco Baldaia, Squillace (CZ) – tel. 392 6227780

FISH SPECIALITIES

4 km from the Oasis
THE ROCKS
in Roccelletta di Borgia
tel. 389 2612262

3 km from the Oasis
THE RICHNESSES OF THE SEA
cod speciality
piazza della Repubblica Squillace Antica
tel. 338 5955415

4 km from the Oasis
THE SAILER and AQUATIC
in Roccelletta of Borgia
tel. 0961 391389

MARIS STAR
Catanzaro Lido,
54 Sant’Elena Street
tel. 0961 735225

THE TERRACES
Copanello, Stalettì
P.zza Giovanni Falcone
tel. 0961 910845

U’NOZZULARU
Sellia Marina
tel. 0961 969854 – 0961 963208
cell. 328 2630784

PIZZERIAS

4 km from the Oasis
LE ZAGARE
via Gironda, Squillace
tel. 360 526504

CIRO
Germaneto
Viale Europa 3
tel. 0961 33008

CIRO EXPRESS
pizza delivery
Germaneto
tel. 0961 360066

ICE-CREAM, CREAM AND PASTRIES

excellent ice creams can be found all over the area.

MARRON GLACÈ
in Catanzaro Lido

OSTERIA

WINO
excellent local wines and friendliness
via XX settembre Catanzaro

BARS AND CLUBS

KIOSCO BAR
SANTA CHIARA

Via S. Chiara, 88069 Squillace.

The kiosk located at the foot of the old monastery is the meeting point for all the young people of Squillacesi (and not only)… With music, games and shows, it is ideal for everyone! PS: good cocktails!

DISCO
LA SCOGLIERA DI PIETRAGRANDE

Copanello

Historical summer meeting in a unique atmosphere. Dance to the hits of the season on a dance floor set among the rocks of the Pietragrande cliff, surrounded by rocks and sea, illuminated by a starry sky.

FRUIT AND VEGETABLES and LOCAL PRODUCERS

VEGETABLES grown locally and brought to your door:
tel. 348 2111210

FRUIT AND VARIOUS
via dei Feaci, Squillace Lido

SUPERMARKET in Squillace, 2 km from Oasi del Governatore

FESTIVALS

July and August, in the various villages in the surrounding area,
there are numerous festivals and village fairs with a culinary theme of local specialities.

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