Rarely traveled, or even spoken about by the American tourist, Molise is no less than any of its more-glamorous neighbors and harbors some very distinct and tasty food. There are no five-star hotels in Molise, and virtually no restaurants in the super elegant category. However, there stand several that I have found to be honest, delicious and excellent representatives of local, tasty cooking.


Located almost directly in the center of the peninsula, Isernia remains the model of a Roman town. The site of the town dates well past the Roman Empire. The area of Isernia was settled at least 700,000 years ago; the site called La Pineta has been noted as one of the most ancient sites where traces of use of fire by humans have been found. Discovered in 1979, La Pineta contains thousands of bones and stone tools covering 24,000 square yards.