Inspired by Rio’s home town of Puglia in Italy, we recently introduced a new Primi Piatti (Entrée) dish to the Locale menu. Puglia is situated on the eastern side of Italy on the Adriatic Coast and is known for its earthy cuisine and baroque architecture.

The CHITARRA, VONGOLE, COZZE is a dish straight from Puglia and features hand cut spaghetti alla chitarra, clams, mussels, zucchini flowers, garlic and white wine.

Seafood dishes are abundant in the seaside restaurants of Puglia’s coastline, with mussels and clams being popular ingredients.

The region also produces more than 40% of Italy’s food crops including durum wheat, tomatoes, artichokes, fava beans, rocket, courgettes, beans, fennel, peppers and onions. Therefore making Puglia’s cuisine all about fresh, country-style fare.

Our Chitarra would be perfect with a crisp white wine and some Pane D’Altamura – a warm, traditional crusty Puglian roll – to soak up the delicious sauce.

We look forward to seeing you discover a new flavour of Italy’s rich cuisine.