Franca welcomes us into her house in Ferrazzano, an ancient settlement that is spread out over the hills around Campobasso, the regional capital of Molise. Franca’s village is on a hill surrounded by beautiful pine forests, and there is a breathtaking panorama from its peak, which overlooks the Mainarde and Matese mountains, with glimpses of the Majella Maiella mountain range and the city of Campobasso.
Our Cesarina is keen to guide you through the flavours of the stunning Molise region. Her local cuisine is particularly rich and varied, with influences from the surrounding regions of Abruzzo, Campania and Puglia. In this Taste Experience, you will also sample one of the culinary treasures of Franca’s town, ‘insaccati’ sausages.
Our journey through the flavours of the Molise region begins with a typical caponata; Franca serves a plate of homemade taratelli with a fresh accompaniment of boiled egg, tomato, bell peppers, anchovies, celery and cucumber. This delightful starter is the perfect opening for the meal.
Next, Franca serves ‘taccozze’, which is a dish of durum wheat pasta with fresh and flavoursome tomatoes. Then, we have a plate of delicious breaded salt cod, which is baked and then cooked ‘au gratin’, and is accompanied by stuffed peppers and raisins.
To finish, Franca serves the local speciality Ferratelle, which are similar to waffles and cooked in a special iron press, giving them their charactaristic diamond shape.