Making Bread in rural Calabria

Think of that super white ready sliced chewy bread you get in supermarkets these days.

I do wonder sometimes: “Can you really call it bread”? What’s bread then?

Let me show you. This is how bread is being made and looks like in rural Calabria.

Artisan bread making in Calabria

These lovely people are my friend’s family who live near Tropea. Mamma Maria makes huge batches of bread for the whole family, just like you would imagine a proper loving Italian mamma does.

And guess what: all bread is handmade with love and care and baked in a stone oven outside in the courtyard. Can you imagine the delicious smell of freshly baked bread?

Artisan bread making in Calabria

After the bread has risen, Maria promptly puts it in her stone oven which I am sure has baked many more loaves before!

stone oven for bread making

And here it is.. fabulous Calabrian bread!! Italian mammas make the best cooks!!

stone oven for bread making

And of course, whilst Maria bakes bread she cleverly makes pizza too so dinner is sorted 🙂

This huge long pizza is called “pizza al metro” and it is very popular in the south of Italy.

So, would you like to make bread and pizza like these? 🙂

My dream is to have a stone oven like this, then all I would do is bake all day long :-))

Metro pizza in Italy

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11 Responses to Making Bread in rural Calabria

  1. Petra

    Oh this bread looks delicious! I love the Italian way of making fresh food each day like this. I agree, pre sliced white bread simply doesn’t qualify! 🙂

  2. gloria

    I love this post Alida what beautiful make bread like this.
    I want this oven lol

  3. Dottie Sauchelli Balin

    Dear Alida,
    Wow, my mom’s side of the family originated from Calabria. This is so wonderful that the true tradition and artisan of bread making is still being done with pride. I also love the aroma of bread baking in the oven, as it seems to bring me back home to a place with my grandmothers. I also would love these ovens, that would make a lot of bread! My other grandmother is from Sicily (my dad’s side of the family) She would make pizza on a flat cookie sheet..rectangle and it was amazing. But never that long like the “pizza al metro.” That would feed an army..Thanks for sharing dear Alida! Have a wonderful day! Dottie 🙂

  4. Monica

    ciao Alida, sono così contenta di avere trovato per caso il tuo splendido blog, lo sto leggendo dall’inizio!

    Un bacio a te e a tutta la famiglia, anche ai tuoi che ricordiamo sempre con tanto affetto!
    Monica e famiglia

  5. Diana

    I want to jump on that pizza!!! And I LOVE Tropea! GOREGOUS beaches……such a special place….

  6. Jasna

    I wish I have a wood fired oven; nothing beats home made bread!

  7. Louise

    Heavenly bread made with lots of love, it doesn’t get much better than that, Alida:) And, just look at that Pizza! Wow! I can just imagine you baking away if you had an oven like that! I hope one day your dream comes true, Alida:) Thank you so much for sharing…

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