These are one of those simple, unassuming savory snacks that should come with a warning label: Caution! May lead to addiction!
Made in Puglia, the ankle of Italy, with two things Puglia has in abundance: olive oil and wheat. Taralli are little rings of oil-rich dough, boiled then baked till crispy. They crunch when you bite then practically melt in your mouth as you chew.
When you visit the town of Alberobello in Puglia, every little shop has a wall covered with different flavors of Taralli, both savory and sweet. We offer two of our favorites: plain, and flavored with fennel.
It’s way too easy to knock back a whole bag in one sitting. Be careful.