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Pettorano sul Gizio: The Sagra della Polenta Ragnosa
6 January @ 12:00 - 16:00 CET
Pettorano sul Gizio’s delicious Polenta Ragnosa Sagra celebrates a unique type of polenta that was traditionally made and eaten by the workers of the village who were charcoal burners. The village is Abruzzo’s first bear-smart community & where the artist MC Escher loved to draw and is listed as one of Italy’s most beautiful villages by I Borghi più belli d’Italia.
The polenta is made in a copper pot and ends up looking more like bread than the spreadable polenta is usually eaten on a board in the region. On top are placed sausages and “mugnoli”, a wild spinach that grows in the surrounding mountains with a final sprinkle of pecorino cheese. The whole process of making the polenta takes about two hours. Maybe it’s for that reason the polenta is called ‘rognosa’, ‘difficult’ in a figurative sense. But it could also be called ‘ragnosa’ (‘scabby’) because of the appearance of the polenta, with its rough peel.
The menu also includes pizzas, pecorino, wines, desserts and other typical products from all over the territory. And it’s very likely that good old Befana will pay the town a visit, as the 6th is her feast.
The festival will take place in Piazza Umberto I, right in the centre of the village, or indoors in case of bad weather.
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