Today is the final installment of Sila Fridays …
Don’t be sad.
Today is the final installment of Sila Fridays until I get back up there and tour a different area.
Nope. You didn’t misread that sign.
It really says McN’duja.
As you enter the main street in Villaggio Mancuso, you will be greeted by Ronald’s nemesis, McN’duja … but don’t be fooled – the real name of the shop is Sglobalizzatevi.
I have no idea what that means.
But it is a charming shop.
A pellet fireplace sits in the corner of the wine section, warming the entire store.
Fresh Silan meats and cheeses are offered as aperitivi and homemade jams and liquors can be taste-tested before buying.
You can even pick up some McN’duja to take home.
Across the path is Sglobalizziatevi’s sister store, A Putica, owned by the same young couple – Davide and Francesca – who grew up down the road from my husband in Catanzaro.
This is the ‘shroom store.
Every kind of mushroom you could want is waiting inside.
We spent almost an hour at the two stores, visiting with the owners and stocking up on homemade black cherry jelly and hard-to-find wine.
Davide and Francesca can also help you with personalized tours of Il Parco Nazionale della Sila.
For more information, you can contact them at info (at) aputica (dot) it or visit them in person at
A Putica / Sglobalizzatevi
88055 Taverna (Catanzaro) Italy