How could we not share the above photo from one of our favorite restaurants in New York City?
Those are taralli, the classic savory snack from Puglia, homemade at Gradisca in Manhattan, one of the city’s leading Italian culinary destinations.
The folks at Gradisca, which is named after the famous character in Federicao Fellini’s classic film Amarcord, take most of their inspiration from Emilia-Romagna (be sure to try the tigelle btw!).
But they also venture out into other regional cuisines of Italy, like these taralli (from their Facebook).
Technically a savory shortbread, taralli are baked using just flour, olive oil, and salt — Pugliese flour and olive oil, of course!
Some believe that they originated as a sort of friendship ring that travelers could carry with them.
Our English-language blogger once heard Master of Wine Jancis Robinson say that they were possibly the best accompaniment to wine tasting (no joke!).
Not only will you find fun specials like this at Gradisca, but you can also drink Cantele Rosato there.
We couldn’t be more proud to be part of this extraordinary program.