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December 3, 2017

Tarallini, Racioppi, and Chianchette

by Anne Paddock

Agricola del Sole is an Italian company based in La Murgia, an agriculturally diverse territory in the Puglia (southeast) region of Italy (known as Apulia) that specializes in making traditional Italian foods including Tarallini, Racioppi, and Chianchette – small crackers made with durum wheat semolina, olive oil, white wine, and salt.

These crackers are typically served as appetizers with tapenade, olives, roasted red peppers, and various antipasto dishes but they are also an ideal snack as is.

Crunchy, crispy, and delicious, these crackers are distinguished by their shape:  Tarallini are shaped like rings while Racioppi look like small corks or dried pinches of pasta, and Chianchette  (named for chianche which are flat stones used to cover the lanes in the old city center in the province of Bari) are squares with a touch of fennel.  All are delicious as is or with your favorite topping.

Tarallini, Racioppi, and Chianchette can be purchased at Eataly in New York City, Boston, Chicago, and Los Angeles; or on-line at www.Eataly.com. Each 8.8 ounce box is about $7.

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