Slow Food at La Giarra

Students posing inside the restaurant with their food

On our way to our weekend trip to Torre di Albidona, we stopped at a Slow Food certified restaurant. The restaurant was called La Giara (translated “The Jar”) and was located in the small town, Cerzeto. Slow Food is a movement that supports locally grown crops and produce to promote sustainable agriculture. All of the food at this restaurant was grown less than one mile away and prepared naturally.

The food was DELICIOUS. We started with antipasti such as cheese, prosciutto, pancetta, olives, bread, and much more. Next, the pasta dish was brought out; thick noodles made from scratch, topped with homemade tomato sauce. The third course followed, which is the meat portion of the meal. We had polpette, which is similar to a meatball, and fried eggplant. That wasn’t it. More food kept coming including a dish made from zucchini flowers, potatoes, peppers, and for dessert there was fruit with sugar on top.

As we were eating, we learned more about Slow Food and the process and what it takes to maintain the certification. All the dishes, besides the pasta dish and dessert, were served family style - there was a lot of passing around of the food. Even though we were full, no one could stop eating because the food was so scrumptious. Best meal ever.

This post authored by Kasey Schumacher and Tina Fowler