Basilicata Week is taking place in Berlin for the first time. Once called Lucania by the Romans, Basilicata is a region of Italy rich in history and gastronomic diversity. It is home to Matera, the 2019 European Capital of Culture and UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as breathtaking landscapes from sea to mountains and medieval villages. This extraordinary southern Italian region, which lies between Apulia, Campania and Calabria on the Ionian Sea, will be presented in ten different Berlin restaurants for a week.
Basilicata Week will take place from October 4th to 8th, 2023 and will be an opportunity to get to know the recipes, wines and oils of this region and their places of origin.
During the event, the participating restaurants offer a typical dish accompanied by a glass of red wine (Aglianico del Vulture or Primitivo lucano) and an olive oil tasting. These dishes are prepared with some of the region's typical products, including fusilli, strascinati, salsiccia, pepperone crusco, cacioricotta and more.
The participating restaurants are some of the best Italian restaurants in Berlin, all run by restaurateurs from Basilicata: Trattoria a' Muntagnola, Marina Blu, Mozzarella Bar, La Premiata, Carpe Diem, Trattoria Lucania, Masseria da Rocco, Modì, Dolci e Salati as well Spaccanapoli. The latter, although it has its origins in Naples, will prepare a pasta dish with pepperone crusco to celebrate the diverse culinary landscape of this region.
Interesting facts about Basilicata Week:
Participation is easy: simply visit one of the participating restaurants on the event days and order the Basilicata Week menu. Each restaurant offers its own menu, but one thing is certain: each dish is accompanied by a glass of wine (Aglianico or Primitivo) and a small bottle of olive oil to taste with bread. There is a QR code on every wine and oil bottle that shows a video about the product's region of origin.
Basilicata Week brings the wine, food, tourism and history of Basilicata to Berlin and is organized by the Federazione delle Associazioni Lucane in Germany and the Basilicata region in collaboration with True Italian.