La Strazzata is a traditional dessert from the region of Basilicata in southern Italy. It is a sweet pastry made with simple ingredients such as flour, sugar, eggs, and olive oil. This delicious treat can be found in various towns and communes of Basilicata, including Matera, Potenza, and Melfi.

In Matera, you can find La Strazzata at local bakeries such as Panificio Fiore and Panificio Cappello. These shops are known for their authentic and high-quality pastries. In Potenza, La Strazzata can be found at Pasticceria Santoro and Pasticceria De Bellis, both renowned for their traditional desserts. Melfi is another town where you can indulge in this delicacy at Pasticceria De Marco and Pasticceria La Fenice.

One popular recipe for La Strazzata involves mixing flour, sugar, eggs, and olive oil to form a dough. The dough is then rolled out and cut into strips, which are twisted and shaped into knots. These knots are then baked until golden brown and sprinkled with powdered sugar before serving. Another variation includes adding lemon zest or vanilla extract to the dough for added flavor.

La Strazzata has been recognized as a traditional food product (PAT) by the Italian government. The specifications for this recognition include the use of specific ingredients such as type 0 or 00 flour, extra virgin olive oil, and eggs from local farms. The dough must be handmade and shaped into knots before baking. The final product should have a golden color and a soft, flaky texture.

Sources:
– “La Strazzata: il dolce tipico lucano” – Basilicata Turistica (basilicataturistica.it)
– “La Strazzata: il dolce tipico di Basilicata” – Ricette di Cucina (ricettedicucina.com)