The ruins of the ancient city of Pompeii, destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE.

The Origins of Southern Italian Cuisine Southern Italy has never been a particularly wealthy region. Instead, it’s always had a more agricultural working-class population. The dishes we attribute to Southern Italy were usually created by mothers finding new ways to feed their kids. A great example of this is sanguinaccio , a unique way of adding chocolate ingredients to pig’s blood in an effort to cover up the taste. This pudding-like concoction is sometimes used as a topping on meat—a trick to get kids to eat more protein. Many famous dishes have origins that trace back to specific chefs. That isn’t the case in Southern Italy. The most famous dishes



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