There’s a buzz around the Puglia restaurant scene. It’s coastal location, ancient farmland, and culture of relaxation have turned it into a foodie paradise. All that beach lounging and coastline exploration will work up an appetite, so you’ll want to be in-the-know when hunger calls. Puglia has a collection of worthy restaurants to satisfy your hunger, but here are our top six picks.
Al Solito Posto
This restaurant serves a bit of everything while keeping the quality of each dish intact. For a well-rounded meal, guests should stop in here when visiting the town of Ostuni. They serve everything from lobster, pizza, and steak to antipasti and fresh fish. The owner is a rare wine collector, so guests can expect an impressive list of Puglia wines.
Ristorante Al Trabucco da Mimì
Romantic, rustic, and charmingly nautical, Ristorante Al Trabucco da Mimi is located right on the water. They have a seasonal menu that changes often depending on the catch of the day, and their menu features old-school recipes with modern cooking techniques. Dishes like pasta with shrimp and clams, grilled mullet fish, and grilled eel grace the menu. Guests can sit outside by the water and enjoy a meal accompanied by a sea breeze.
Osteria del Tempo Perso
Love the finer things in life? Then you’ll love Osteria. Walking into the restaurant feels like stepping back in time, with a cave-like dining area created out of raw materials. It contains an ancient bakery and a museum of artefacts, tools, and art. Osteria has received a bounty of awards, including one from Michelin. The kitchen dishes out traditional meals like stuffed cuttlefish, sea bass in foil with clams, and fillet with podolico and turnips.
Grotta Palazzese Restaurant
This restaurant and terrace have been created inside of a naturally occurring cave. It overlooks the sea and is incredibly romantic, especially at night. The dishes here are just as artful as the setting, and they don’t skimp on taste either. Expect plenty of seafood options like sea bass, tentacle of roasted octopus, and tuna tartare. Guests can also choose from main courses like beef fillet with potato cream, and roasted lamb.
Situated on a rocky cove above the coastline, this restaurant is known for the views. Guests are met with a display of fresh fish upon entering, showing off the restaurant’s commitment to fresh ingredients. They take herbs and spices seriously here, so you can expect flavorful fish, shellfish, and vegetables. Don’t forget to try the pasta with a wine pairing.
Meat lovers will seriously appreciate this Ostuni restaurant. It’s located on a cobblestone street of the Old Town, and has a medieval interior. Feast your eyes on the butcher’s counter, displaying some of the freshest and best meats in the area. Servers will deliver skewers of meat right from the oven to your table, which makes for great visuals as you dine. It’s a lively place with interesting dishes that you may have never seen before.
Visiting Puglia? Make sure at least one of these restaurants is on your list for the full culinary experience. From stunning views to artful meals, these dining options will steer you in the right direction. If you’re interested in planning your holiday here, then have a look at our beautiful Puglia villas here.