We’re in Basilicata, an Italian region too often underestimated, but characterized by deep and discrete beauty.
Trattoria La Locandiera is in the small town of Bernalda, steps away from the Matera Sassi and from the Dolomiti Lucane.
In this southern town, known for its connection to Italian-American Director Francis Ford Coppola, women have been passing down recipes from grandma to mother and mother to daughter. Clara and Maria Gallotta are the masters of this historic culinary larder, located in the small town castled on the hill that dominates the Salento Valley, the Ionio beaches, and the nearby Metaponto, in a part of Southern Italy whose evocative landscapes and human warmth make it difficult to forget.
“La Locandiera was born from a strong will of the Russo-Gallotta family (mum and dad) to open an inn, reminiscent of strong flavors and ancient traditions. In May 2002 the desire takes shape and those recipes and preparations of many years spent in the family, between recurrences and holidays, begin to animate a menu that is anything but simple and banal. Aunt Clara, cook and sister of mother Maria, has preserved the gastronomic gifts of our grandmothers. ”
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