OSTUNI CUCINA PUGLIESE
Ostuni restaurant is London’s first eatery dedicated to the cuisine and wines of Puglia. Puglia is a region that represents what Italian food is all about; simplicity and flavour. At Ostuni we value the importance of this authenticity and uniqueness through the Puglian dishes we recreate in our restaurants. With stone from Locorotondo adorning the walls, bar and floor one finds the rustic elegance that reminds us of the most common elements found when travelling the land of sea, sky and stone.
A TASTE OF PUGLIA
In Puglia, cheese is for eating every day; relatively simple but strong and immensely gratifying, eaten as antipasto, atop pasta, or in their panino, traditionally made for taking to work in the fields.
The most famous cheese to hail from the fertile lands of Puglia is cheese-of-the-moment burrata. This indulgent off-shoot of mozzarella has claimed legions of fans, who, after a taste, are converted by the creamy intensity of this loveable artisan creation.
Despite burrata’s cult status, it has humble origins as a product made from the leftovers of mozzarella production. Torn strips of leftover mozzarella mixed with fresh double cream (stracciatella) and ladled into a tougher outer sack, also made from mozzarella, and tied, creating this pride of Puglia that the western world has fallen in love with.
Far from the creamy haze of burrata is ricotta forte, a less famous but locally loved regional cheese. Ricotta is twice fermented in a jar for months, morphing into a powerhouse of pungency with a tang to make you stop in your tracks. As harsh as it sounds, this concoction is also intensely enjoyable, and is typically served with sweet cherry tomatoes to offset the powerful strength of the cheese.