Food and drinks
The traditional dishes
A seaside city can’t help but offer excellent seafood dishes. The homemade pasta topped with seafood is particularly recommended. The most typical pasta shapes are those of macaroni and covatelli. The latter should absolutely be enjoyed with a good meat sauce, made with pork.
A classic appetizer will contain traditional Calabrian salami and cold cuts, aromatized with red chili peppers: sausage, capicola, brawn sausage and pork underbelly. And don’t forget the famous pecorino cheese from Crotone, made with sheep's milk, and a serving of some wonderful olive oil preserves.
If you start to feel famished while out and about, our best advice is to stop in at a local deli for a nice piece of pizza! Pizza doesn’t only have to be enjoyed while sitting at a table in one of Crotone’s charming pizzerias, but you can also indulge your appetite with pizza by the slice, perhaps just out of the oven.
The locales offering pizza by the slice also provide their guests with the opportunity to sample other masterpieces of typical Crotone street food: “arancini” (rice balls fried in oil, containing melted mozzarella cheese along with delicious pieces of sausage) and “calzoni” (with their typical half-moon shape, these are also fried and contain tomato sauce and mozzarella).
What to drink
The chili pepper grappa is certainly quite original, but the spirit that’s probably most worth sampling is made with liquorice: in fact, whether drunk at room temperature or chilled, typical Calabrian liquorice roots provide this liqueur with an intense and delightful aroma.