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Bread from Matera

Ingredients of the highest quality with unique shapes and tastes - the result of culture and traditions born in the Sassi and handed down for generations.

26 September 2022

When it comes to bread, Italy's know-how goes back centuries. From north to south, every town can boast its own traditional bread, the most famous of which includes that made in one of Italy's most beautiful regions, Basilicata: we're talking about bread from Matera. Known for its ancient habitations literally set in stone, the sassi, and for its rupestrian churches, Matera is an undisputably fascinating city. Appreciated by tourists from all over the world, this town in historic Lucania is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. What makes Matera so captivating? Those that visit it immediately have the sensation of walking through a life-size Nativity scene. And it is not a coincidence that this "Second Bethlehem" was chosen for the making of such films as The Passion of the Christ. The particular bread from Matera has long been the city's symbol. Its form and unique taste are the fruit of ancient culture and tradition that still live on today.

True Lucanian Pane di Matera IGP is obtained with 100% Lucanian milled semolina grain known as "Senatore Cappelli." The strict IGP preparation procedures, implemented on the entire chain of production and guaranteeing absolute quality, ensures that grain is stored in thermal-ventilated silos, thus maintaining the grain's organoleptic properties unaltered. Among other things, the procedures call for the use of natural yeast that results from the maceration of grapes and figs in water, and for long fermentation of the dough (similarly to sourdough) in clay cisterns.

Perfectly delightful when consumed alone, the bread should contain a label from its protective consortium, Consorzio del Pane di Matera IGP when purchased. It is often used in such dishes as ‘cialledda calda,’ a mixture of egg, bay leaves, garlic and olives on hot bread; and ‘cialledda fredda,’ which is moist bread with tomatoes and garlic.

Other Enogastronomic Products 

Bread is not the only thing Matera does well: all its products using its famous durum wheat are excellent, including the pasta. And several of its wines bear the D.O.C. Matera seal; they are produced with Aglianico, Sangiovese, Primitivo, Greco and Malvasia di Basilicata grapes.

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