APULIA 
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The Mirizzis 
Heather, Antonio and their son Michael moved to Carleton Place in 2011.

Antonio is originally from Apulia, a region in the south of Italy. He grew up in a typical agricultural family where good food was always cooking. Coming to Canada he realised although Italian food was popular good quality products were hard to find.

Heather grew up in Canada and after spending the last twelve years in Europe decided she really wanted her son to go to school here. After discussions and research they decided to on Lanark County where her Grandmother was from, Carleton Place specifically because of the friendly small town atmosphere and the proximity to Ottawa.
The Apulia Region
Apulia is the heel of the Italian boot. It is located in the southeast corner of Italy on the Adriatic and Ionian Seas. Apulia was frequently invaded by the ancient Greeks and Romans. Among its many rulers were the Byzantines, Goths, Lombards, Normans, Spaniards, and Turks. Its moment of greatest glory was in the Holy Roman Empire of the 13th Century, when majestic Romanesque cathedrals and palaces were built.

When the Phoenicians and Greeks first arrived in Apulia they found native people living from farming. Apulia produces nearly half of the olive oil in Italy. Other major agricultural products include grain, fava beans, vegetables, pasta and rice, seafood and fish, cheese, and meat, especially lamb and kid. The region has some industry, in particular chemicals, petrochemicals, iron, and steel.