|Rocco Plati and Francesco Spagnuolo|
Off to Venticano, about a 10 minute drive away. Destination? Ciarcia....a prosciutto lovers heaven on earth.
I assumed this was just a large delicatessen, but as the doors opened, and the aroma of aged ham hit my nostrils, I knew I was in for something extraordinary. 3 floors of extraordinary and Nicola Ciarcia who gave us a tour of the facilities starting with the bottom floor.
|Spagnuolo and Ciarcia|
On the main floor, there is even a tasting room where clients can taste all kinds of specialties. We tried the culatello irpino, Italian pork thighs.
But prosciutto wasn't the only thing available here. Irpinia supports its own. Wine, cheeses, pastas from all over Irpinia and Campania are also on sale.
|Sabatino with Plati|
What impressed me the most about this particular shopping trip was that I spent the afternoon with Irpinia's youth. Professionals who love what they do, love their traditions, and love their culture. In a society who is always looking to move ahead, it is refreshing to find those who are proud of their past.