The ingredients of this basket were sourced on Monday, December 5th and during my time in Polignano this September.
This basket is to be enjoyed during long lunch “meetings” where the only P&L worth discussing is panzerotti and lasagna. There is a place in Polignano, owned and run by a local Barese family, in which romantic gestures are imbued in every morsel of soil, every inch of stone, and every tannin that tickles your throat as you drink their wine and dip bread in their olive oil. This is a place you go to when you want to understand what I mean when I say “simplicity is a luxury that only quality can afford.” This place is Terre di San Vito. The De Napoli family, led by Signore Francesco, Lady Lucia, Giacomo, Giovanni and Elena haven’t just created a place that offers some of the best wine I’ve had and jams that make you rethink what antipasti can and should be. No, they’ve created a genuine invitation to indulge in a slow life, lived in harmony with your senses.
Eat the pomegranate and apples — it is our original sign for a reason. Snack for hours on grapes & tarrali, enjoy the cerignola olives, and pick the sun dried tomatoes straight out of the jar. Malbec jam with a sharp cheese will give you confidence at your next dinner party, oil cured peppers stuffed with tuna is the gateway drug to umami. Baked scamorza affumicata with pink lemon zest will forever be the ace up your sleeve. Finish the meeting with a panettone rip.
The following provisions are included in this basket:
- 1 jar of Terre di San Vito malbec or fig jam
- 1 jar of oil cured eggplants or stuffed peppers w/tuna
- 1 Tre Marie mini panettone
- 2 Lucy Rose apples
- 2 Pomegranates
- 2 fuyu persimmon
- 3 satsuma mandarins
- 3 pink lemons
- 1 sachet of tarrali
- 1 sachet of red cerignola olives
- 1 scamorza affumicata
- 1 bunch of red holiday grapes