Gastronomy in Molise

Gastronomy in Molise is much diversified. You will find many characteristic fish and meat dishes, pasta and pizza, of course, sweets and desserts, made of genuine ingredients and always accompanied by good-quality wines and cheese Italians usually have lunch between 12h30 and 14h00 and dinner at 20h00/21h00.
“Going out for a meal” is very common because having a meal in a restaurant is relatively cheap. Most restaurants are open from 12h00 to 14h30 and from 19h00 to 00h00.
Some of the food specials

Main courses:

  • Home made fresh pasta (cavatelli, crioli, fusilli, sagne) with ragù from Molise (tomato sauce cooked in pork meat)
  • Pizza and Minestra (corn pizza with vegetables)
  • Polenta
  • Taccozze con fagioli ( fresh pasta with beans)
  • Maccheroni con la mollica (Spaghetti with bread and baccalà)
  • Brodetto alla termolese ( Fish soup with tomato)

Meat and fish:

  • Stewed lamb
  • Grilled pork
  • Pezzata (grilled mutton seasoned with mountain herbs)
  • Baccalà arracanato (codfish with bread, tomatoes, olives and raisins)
  • Torcinelli (strongly flavored lamb interiors)


  • Caciocavallo
  • Cacio ricotta
  • Scamorza
  • Stracciata
  • Burrata


  • Salsiccia
  • Sopressata
  • Capocollo
  • Ventricina

Sweets and biscuits:

  • Taralli
  • Fiadoni
  • Cicerchiata
  • Bocconotti
  • Mostaccioli
  • Pigna (to name a few)