The ‘Virtù’ a traditional  rich ‘minestra’ made of 50+ ingredients, prepared ONLY on the 1st of May in the province of Teramo

It is prepared following an ancient complex recipe, believed to be propitiatory, so much to intrigue foodies, chefs and anthropologists from all over the world.

This ancient dish, It requires 3 days of work as is made up of about 50 ingredients among different types of beans, legumes, chickpeas, seasonal vegetables, wild herbs, cut of meats, etc. All carefully prepared and cooked separately. A propitiatory dish to clean the pantry and welcome the warm season. 3 days where small communities gather together, cook, eat, drink and above all share and offer the Virtu’ to other families in the village!

Video is from last year with some scenes of Nonna who made Virtu’ at home today and asked me to take some to her friends. You can see their reaction when I brought them the Virtù, my neighbour Francesco gave me a home-made salame in exchange.

What a beautiful day! Happy Labour Day! Hope to see you next year and prepare together the Virtù


A video from the Slow Food Founder on the Teramo’s Virtù

Le virtù – La città in un piatto from cineforum teramo on Vimeo.

Marino Cardelli

Marino Cardelli

Food & Wine Enthusiast, 2nd level Qualified Wine Sommelier, Licensed Tour Leader of the Abruzzo Region, Official Abruzzo Smart Ambassador. I try to create environments & opportunities for Abruzzo's small business, young people and our traditions to thrive through sustainable tourism.

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