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I have well remembered the unusual phenomenon in a small Ligurian town - Recco.

The delicious recipe of “Focaccia of Recco”, almost known all over the world, has its roots in history, as it happens for a lot of dishes.

It seems that Recco, from the XVI to the XVII century, was an easy target for Saracen pirates’attacks, that kept busy the garrisons quartered in the town. During these raids, women, children and elders took refuge to the hills, bringing along the necessities of survival (flour, oil and salt).

This mythical “Fugassa al Formaggio” (cheese focaccia) came exactly from these simple produce and from a little of cheese, which was got from an exchange of goods with the local shepherds.

So, “the old women cooks of Recco”, between one raid and another, after lighting the fire and kneading the flour with the water of the hill streams, invented this so loved recipe to feed babies and grandparents.

The thin layer of pastry, enriched by cheese and set down on a slate, which was heated on the coal, cooked properly within minutes: so this delicious speciality has gone down in history.

The happy ending: Recco is the “gastronomic capital of Liguria” nowadays and the recipe of this focaccia is protected from every possible imitation.

Of course we suggest going to taste personally this deliciousness on the spot, particularly for those people who don’t know it. Our own memories are linked to a unique gastronomic experience: it’s worth tasting!!!

Have a good tasting!!

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