What to eat

The food of Matera is made up of simple flavors of earth and peasants.
Sausages, Cheese and Dairy Products, Bread, Vegetables: with these simple ingredients you can create amazing dishes that you can still taste today in all their authenticity.
In addition to dining in one of the many restaurants in the city, it is possible to buy directly from markets, bakeries, caseifici, the typical products of our land, to bring home and enjoy them directly. These are our favorite places.

It is possible to buy fruits and vegetables, but also meat and fish, in the central and ancient market of via Ascanio Persio, near Piazza Vittorio Veneto. Or from “Fior di Frutta” by E. Fantasia, in via Lucana 230 (right in front of Supermarket Supermarket, see below).

mercato via Ascanio Persio

For the purchase of typical products we recommend to visit the Latteria Rizzi (via Duni, 2), where you may also be served at the table, or Superemme (Via Ridola 77) where you can buy wines, cold meats, cheeses and fresh bread


There are plenty of bakeries in town. Each one has its own “taste” of the product… In one of them, you can buy the typical bread of Matera. Matera’s bread was born in the Sassi: mothers used to prepare it weekly in 5 kilos form and cooking it in the common ovens, labeled with their own specific stamp to recognize his own piece (the stamps of wood are now a typical object that tourists can buy as souvenir, also personalized with your initials!). Bakeries also offer an infinite range of focacce (with sauce, fresh tomatoes, potatoes, courgettes …) and all kinds of preparations: mattonelle (pasta tin baking tin with cheese and cooked ham), panzerotti, sandwiches, sweet and savory biscuits .
Our favorite shops are Panificio Perrone di Agna (Via Farina), Panificio Martino (via Cappuccini, 24), which also offers the possibility to buy soft drinks and fresh produce, Panificio De Palo in Piazza degli Olmi (near via Dante), with tables and chairs also in the open, where you can also enjoy pizzas, pucce, sandwiches. Also worth mentioning is the Panificio Pane e Pace, in Via Cererie 49 (opposite the Caseificio Lucano, see below).
A real city institution is instead the focaccia of Paoluccio, liked by workers and students, in the homonymous small bakery in via del Corso. If you find yourself passing by with a little hunger, a bite to this masterpiece is a must, and if you are lucky enough to taste it hot, life will smile! šŸ™‚


The tradition of fresh cheese resists the threat of large distribution and industry. There are still a number of cheese factories in which you could buy mozzarella, ricotta, burrate, scamorze, pecorini, and the many fresh daily products. Our favorites are the Caseificio del Pino (Via cappelluti 66/70, near the large round), Caseificio Lucano (Via Cererie, 26), and the central Caseificio Maggiore (Piazza Vittorio Veneto, corner with via delle Beccherie).

caseificio maggiore

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