Lucania was the ancient region of southern Italy that now comprises Basilicata. Nobody is sure of the origin of this ancient recipe. There is something vaguely North African about its composition, so maybe it was inspired by a Moroccan pastilla. Whatever its source, though, the combination of ingredients makes for a delectable pie that is a little different.
Tumma is a cheese local to the south of Italy, and may be difficult to find. Made from sheep’s milk, this stretched-curd cheese is useful for cooking because it melts slowly. A good alternative is unsmoked scamorza. Mozzarella can also be used, but the flavour will be much milder.
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