There are many typical dishes in Molise such as maccheroni alla chitarra to pallotte of egg and cheese, pasta and beans, polenta, lamb and roast turcinelli.
The extra-virgin olive oil and Isernia truffle and durum wheat pasta stand out. Several salame are eaten, including saggicciotti and pampanera, oven-dried bacon with chilli pepper.
Caciocavallo and stracciata cheeses of Agnone and Alto Molise are popular, so is mozzarella and pecorino sheep’s cheese from Matese. Scamorza cheese and burrino, a butter-filled cheese, are produced everywhere in Molise.
A typical desserts is mostarda d’uva (jam made with grapes from the Molise countryside), cauciuni (pastry filled with chickpeas), ostie farcite (wafers filled with walnuts and almonds) and peccellate (pastry filled with grape syrup or jams)
Local wines, particularly Biferno and Pentro, are excellent.