10 Things to eat in Matera and where

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La great culinary tradition of Matera is based on the simplicity of the dishes, which combining simple and genuine ingredients, offer an extraordinary taste capable of evoking flavors forgotten elsewhere.
Taking a cue from a statistic conducted by SaporideiSassi.it, a company that operates in the selection of excellent gastronomic products based in the Sassi di Matera, today we want to offer you a list of the 10 dishes and typical products that are the most successful among Italian tourists foreigners who flock to the Lucanian capital every day.



Index

  1. Matera bread
  2. Cruschi peppers
  3. Broad beans and chicory
  4. Cialledda
  5. Strascinate, turnip tops and cruschi peppers
  6. Crapiata Materana
  7. Orecchiette with mushrooms and sausage
  8. Ravioli of pezzente and Sarconi beans
  9. Gnummiredd
  10. Chianca focaccia
  11. Where to eat in Matera: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Bread of Matera

The typical Matera product par excellence is bread, in these parts it is almost a monument to idolize. Indeed it is something unique, not only when it is fresh from the oven. Matera bread is great for 6-7 days.

  • Recommended to: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner / Snack
  • Average cost: € 2,80 per Kg
  • Main ingredients: Remilled local durum wheat semolina, water, natural mother yeast, brewer's yeast, salt

2 - Cruschi peppers

These are sweet peppers of a particular local variety (Senise PGI) which are dried in the sun and lightly fried. The result is a real crunchy and very tasty pepper chip, a real explosion of taste. An ingredient in many typical dishes, they are also excellent as a snack.



  • Recommended to: Lunch / Dinner / Snack
  • Average cost: € 4,00 per pack
  • Main ingredients: Peppers, extra virgin olive oil, salt

3 - Broad beans and chicory

Authentic peasant dish made up of very poor ingredients that give life to a delicious, healthy and nutritious dish, seeing is believing.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 8,00
  • Main ingredients: Bread, broad bean puree, wild chicory, extra virgin olive oil

4 - Cialledda

Materano dialect term to indicate the panecotto made with stale bread enriched with other poor but tasty flavors.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 7,00
  • Main ingredients: Bread, turnip tops, carousels, onions, extra virgin olive oil, spicy

5 - Strascinate, turnip tops and cruschi peppers

Matera is only a handful of km from Puglia, therefore there is an inevitable contamination of traditions, including gastronomic ones. The strascinate with the turnip tops of Matera see the cruschi peppers replace the anchovies that are used in the Bari area, giving crunchiness and that typical pepper flavor.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 9,00
  • Main ingredients: Bread, turnips, eggs, cruschi peppers, extra virgin olive oil, spicy

6 - Crapiata Materana

Soup of legumes and wheat of ancient tradition, still today on 1 August in Matera there is a festival of crapiata. The dish was born from the desire to celebrate the end of the wheat and legume harvest. In ancient times, people gathered in the neighborhoods of the Sassi and each of the neighbors brought with them a legume of their own cultivation to be added to the cauldron that cooked together beans, chickpeas, peas, peas, broad beans, wheat, cherry tomatoes and onions.



  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 7,00
  • Main ingredients: Chickpeas, Cicerchie, Beans, Broad Beans, Wheat, Lentils, New Potato Chips

7 - Orecchiette with mushrooms and sausage

Better known as orecchiette alla materana, a dish that sometimes sees cavatelli instead of orecchiette. Regional pasta with sauce, cardoncelli mushrooms typical of the Murgian area and fresh sausage.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 8,00
  • Main ingredients: tomato, pork sausage and cardoncelli mushrooms

8 - Ravioli of pezzente and Sarconi beans

A very tasty and substantial first course that perfectly combines various poor ingredients typical of the Lucanian territory.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 13,00
  • Main ingredients: Semolina pasta, pezzente mountain sausage from Matera Slow Food presidium, Sarconi PGI beans, tomato sauce

9 - Gnummiredd

These are lamb entrails, liver, lung, heart and sweetbread rolls held together in a thin natural casing.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 15,00
  • Main ingredients: lamb entrails

10 - Focaccia alla chianca

The favorite street food of Matera, a durum wheat focaccia, cooked directly on the refractory stone of the wood oven. High and crunchy, topped only with fresh cherry tomatoes and olives.


  • Recommended to: Breakfast / Lunch / Snack
  • Average cost: € 8,00
  • Main ingredients: Remilled durum wheat semolina, water, brewer's yeast, cherry tomatoes, olives, extra virgin olive oil

Where to eat in Matera: best restaurants, typical bars and street food

The cuisine of Basilicata and in particular that of Matera it's a simple kitchen, derived from what the earth offers, with a lot of bread, meat and vegetables.

In this city you will find everything, in fact you will be spoiled for choice between bakeries, cafes with strictly local street food, but also informal trattorias and more sophisticated restaurants. For all palates and all budgets.
Here's where to eat in Matera: best restaurants, typical bars and street food.


1 - Grandma Sesella's Ancient Recipe

  • Description: a special street food where you can choose from many baked goods, pizzas, focaccia and pucce, as well as hot dishes, panzerotti and traditional biscuits. Cozy place with seating inside
  • specialty: pucce (stuffed sandwiches)
  • Average price: from € 8,00 per person
  • Address: via T. Stigliani, 82, Get directions / Facebook page

2 - Quattroquarti Crust and Crumb

  • Description: small and welcoming place with few seats but with a rich variety of typical local products based on meat, meat and vegetables, and recipes available in a vegan version
  • specialty: puccia quattroquarti with Lucan capocollo with walnut cream, fresh cheese, grated pecorino di Moliterno, tomatoes, rocket
  • Average price: from € 5,00 per person
  • Address: Via Ascanio Persio 25, Get directions / Website

3 - The Lucanian Abundance

  • Description: a historic restaurant in the city with an exquisite home cooking with local raw materials and traditional meat and vegetable dishes. Elegant restaurant with modern and sophisticated furnishings
  • specialty: leg of lamb in the Lucanian Dolomites
  • Average price: from € 35,00 per person
  • Address: Via Bruno Buozzi, 11, Get directions / Facebook page

4 - Stano

  • Description: family trattoria where you can taste traditional dishes created with fresh first choice ingredients. Ambience and elegant but at the same time welcoming and relaxing
  • specialty: pignata (stewed sheep meat with potatoes, chicory, celery, salami and pecorino)
  • Average price: from € 10,00 per person
  • Address: Via Santa Cesarea, 67/69, Get directions

5 - Dimora Ulmo

  • Description: sophisticated restaurant located in a renovated and elegantly furnished noble palace where you can enjoy refined cuisine without forgetting tradition and local raw materials
  • specialty: egg and ciambotta (typical Lucanian dish based on eggs, onion and peppers)
  • Average price: from € 50,00 per person
  • Address: Via Pennino, 28, Get directions / Official site

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