Ponce, also known as Punce or Punk, is a traditional dish from the Abruzzo region in Italy. It can be found in various towns and communes of Abruzzo, including Sulmona, Scanno, and Pacentro. Ponce has a rich history that dates back centuries and is deeply rooted in the local culinary traditions of the region.

The dish is made by slowly cooking pork meat, typically shoulder or belly, in a mixture of red wine, vinegar, and spices. The meat is simmered until it becomes tender and flavorful. Ponce is often served with polenta or mashed potatoes, which complement the rich flavors of the dish.

Ponce has gained recognition as a traditional Abruzzese dish and has been awarded the PAT (Traditional Agri-Food Product) recognition. This recognition ensures that the dish is prepared according to specific specifications and follows traditional methods. The PAT recognition guarantees the authenticity and quality of the dish, preserving its cultural heritage.

Sources:
1. “Ponce Abruzzese: la ricetta originale” – Abruzzo24Ore.it (https://www.abruzzo24ore.tv/news/Ponce-Abruzzese-la-ricetta-originale/2020-01-23/123437.html)
2. “Ponce Abruzzese: storia e ricetta” – Abruzzo.com (https://www.abruzzo.com/ponce-abruzzese-storia-e-ricetta/)