Maria invites us into her elegant villa in Corato, Puglia, a town in the province of Bari near the Murge plateau. It’s full of historic buildings and beautiful churches and is just ten miles from the coast, within easy reach of Castel del Monte, a famous UNESCO heritage site.
Maria has had a lifelong career as a chef in a famous local osteria. Now that she’s retired, she has time to dedicate herself to perfecting her favourite dishes, shaping her passion for cooking through a range of culinary activities. She loves organising buffets, banquets, and - of course - being a Cesarina!
The secret of the Cesarina
I always steam locally sourced vegetables, because it is the best way to preserve their vitamin and mineral content and lock in nutrients. I love taking their fresh taste to the next level with spices, aromatic herbs and my local cold-pressed, extra-virgin olive oil.