The boccalino (jug-shaped mug)
As a well-known song goes: I was born in the Ticino and am called Boccalin; red and white, I bear proverbs and hymns of praise to the wine. The typical plump white jug with red and blue stripes, from which a good Ticino Merlot is sipped, is a must on the table of every grotto.
The Ticino is rich in typical products: risotto, polenta, minestrone, cheese, cold cuts, luganighetta (grilled snail), gazzosa (a soft drink), beer, wine, nut eau-de-vie, grappa…
Here in Ascona-Locarno we're proud to have two 'slow food' products: cicitt, long thin goat sausages from the Maggia valley, and farina bóna, roasted maize flour from the Onsernone valley. But we're also home to the only 100% Swiss rice and the famous Vallemaggia pepper.