The insalata grika is a salad typical of the griko culinary tradition of the Salentine peninsula in Puglia, Italy. The griko villages of the Salento have strong historical links to Greek culture and a local dialect based on Greek was spoken in the area for centuries.
Tria e ciceri (pasta with chickpeas) is a classic pasta dish from the Salento area of Puglia in Italy, and the signature dish for that area’s provincial capital Lecce. It is a wonderful example of cucina povera whose name reflects the historical influences in Puglia and southern Italy: tria is an old southern Italian word which derives from itriya, an Arabic word for pasta, while ciceri derives from cicer, the Latin for chickpea.
Pasta all’aglio e olio (pasta with garlic and oil) is a simple, very tasty dish that can is quick and easy to prepare. The dish is originally from Naples where it is called maccarune aglio e uoglio and is traditionally served with spaghetti or linguine pasta.
La cucina povera refers to a traditional Italian home-based cuisine, mainly based mainly vegetables, fruits, legumes and grains. The term literally means poor or peasant cuisine.