by Great Italian Chefs 23 April 2018

Lamb, chillies, anchovies, bitter liqueurs – the most iconic parts of Abruzzo’s local cuisine are what makes it stand out from the other regions of central and southern Italy. Get to know more about this beautiful untouched part of the country and what to eat and drink when you get there.

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Great Italian Chefs is a team of food lovers dedicated to bringing you the latest news, views and reviews from the gastronomic mecca that is Italy. From Veneto and Lombardy in the north to Calabria and Sicily in the south, we celebrate the very best of this glorious cuisine and try to bring you a little bit of la dolce vita wherever you are.

It’s hard to work out why Abruzzo doesn’t enjoy the same amount of tourism as its neighbours. It has stunning craggy mountains; beautifully rugged coastlines and plenty of medieval hilltop towns scattered in between. Perhaps it’s because the region is mostly countryside; huge swathes of Abruzzo are either nature reserves or national parks, and there are even wolves and bears living in the tree-covered hills far away from civilisation. But for anyone who has been to this untamed part of Italy, it’s clear that this is a place that hasn’t been influenced by the busy, modern way of life. Instead, it retains that feeling of ‘old Italy’, with simple yet brilliant food and drink at its heart.

If you ever visit Abruzzo, be sure to spend a few moments relaxing, glass of the local Montepulciano red wine in hand, and take in the surroundings. Perhaps you’ll spot a flock of sheep on a mountainside, or some fishermen on the end of a trabaccho hoping to catch dinner. Always look above the doorways in towns, too – when the season’s right there are usually bunches of local chillies drying out in the sun, ready to be crushed and sprinkled over plates of pasta alla chitarra with lamb ragù.

Take a look at our Abruzzo guides, recipes and articles below to get a real feel for the region, then get planning your next culinary getaway.

Abruzzo: the complete foodie guide

For a crash course in the food and drink of Abruzzo, read our full guide to the region's most famous ingredients and dishes.

On the lamb

Local flavours

On the menu