The Yum List chats with Henry Pesch, real estate agent from Living Apulia, and discovers more about life in Italy’s beautiful south.
What do you do and how did you get into the industry?
Me and my family are developing a real-estate, travel and lifestyle business called “Living Apulia”. LAP stands for Living Apulia but also my mother, Living Alexandra Pesch.
We got into this business as lifelong travel aficionados who have lived in Africa, South America, Europe, and North America. We were always interested in real-estate projects, food, travel, and especially creative undertakings such as photography.
Share with us an interesting story from behind the scenes.
An interesting story is that we were living in Palm Beach, Florida where my Mom was active in the real-estate business and we decided to take a trip to the Amalfi coast. Because a heavy storm hit the Amalfi coast, we fled to Puglia to escape the heavy rains. Here we came upon the peaceful Mediterranean trullo land which spoke to our pioneering spirits.
What’s the best/ worst part of your job?
Complete freedom to do what I want, when I want, while pursuing my passion for cinema, writing, and photography.
What’s your favourite meal/ drink/ in Apulia?
My father, Don Claudio, who is our lifestyle aficionado is the chef and food expert. Answering on behalf of him, his favourite meal is ‘coniglio which is rabbit’ with a glass of Primitivo red wine from Apulia
What’s one of the craziest things you’ve seen behind the scenes?
Life here is peaceful; the crazy I keep for my dreams and imagination.
The perfect day off would be…
Going to swim in the turquoise blue Adriatic Sea at one of our secret swimming spots with my beautiful mother Alexandra and my two puppy dogs “Bonnie & Charlie.”
What do you do for fun?
Photographing above and under the sea and playing tennis like a madman.
What’s something you’d like guests to know about Apulia?
Apulia is a beautiful and rare place where you can have as much peace or action as you desire. If you want to learn more get in touch with us at [email protected]
What’s your favourite food and wine pairing?
Angus steak, with fried potatoes and rosemary and a Coca-Cola. I don’t drink but my parents do and they think that a Primitivo from Apulia is a great pairing for red meat.
What’s your view on the food and travel scene in Apulia?
Apulia is the agricultural backyard of Italy and Europe. You will never taste fresher seafood, vegetables or pasta anywhere else in Italy. For those who love wine, you are also in for a treat. As well, we have some of the best-renowned spas here such as the one at Borgo Egnazia Hotel developed by the Melpignano family. It even attracts people like Madonna.
What’s in store for you in the upcoming months?
My family and I will be meeting a lot of people, seeing properties and enjoying family life “a la Pugliese” style.