Must see restaurants in Abruzzo & Molise

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    Ristorante Gino

    Occupying handsome arched chambers that have been used as an inn or wine shop for centuries, the restaurant of La Locanda di Gino calls on molta…

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    Locanda Sotto gli Archi

    Sextantio hotel's restaurant makes imaginative use of an arched, 16th-century dining room. Furniture and crockery are designed to re-create the austere…

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    Il Vecchio Muro

    One of Sulmona's best restaurants, the 'old wall' is notable for spot-on Abruzzese fare such as wholewheat pasta with lentils and guanciale (cured pork…

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    La Cucineria

    Sitting pretty in a city full of seafood, Cucineria relies more on the fat of the terra (land) with chitarrina (Abruzzo’s spaghetti) tossed with mountain…

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    Svevia

    Attached to Residenza Sveva, and doing perhaps the best seafood in this town of fish restaurants, Svevia occupies an 18th-century palazzo (mansion) a…

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    O’Pizzaiuolo

    If the bread’s good, usually all else will follow and so it goes in this old town cantina-restaurant whose single arched entrance leads into a labyrinth…

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    Arrosticini Divini

    A casual restaurant that specialises in Abruzzo's classic street food, arrosticini. These charcoal-grilled lamb skewers are seasoned with olive oil and…

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    Il Duca degli Abruzzi

    This handsome hotel-restaurant located on a quiet square in Pescasseroli's centro storico (historic centre) is a little more gourmet than your average…

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    Nabucco Osteria Verdi

    Typical of the generosity and unabashed home-style cooking of Isernia's best osterie (taverns), this friendly place is a great way to experience Molise's…

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    La Bottega del 40

    A small abode encased under a stone archway in Pescara’s diminutive old town where the primi prices rarely break double figures. This is a good place for…

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    La Cantina di Biffi

    Dedicated to the food and wine of Abruzzo, this stone-walled cantina is a handsome place to eat, with its open kitchen and blackboard of seasonal…

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    Gelateria La Rotonda

    You have to trust local knowledge at La Rotunda, a small, innocuous gelateria just off the main square that seems to be visited by half the town on…

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    Trattoria da Peppe

    Vasto’s grill king runs a small eight-table operation in the old town. The emphasis is on charcoal-grilled meat – namely lamb, beef and sausages – backed…

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    Ittico

    This slick-looking 21st-century restaurant, wedged amid a cluster of more traditional trattorias, plies nothing but fish – a fact that becomes apparent as…

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    Buonvento

    Books help furnish the rooms at Buonvento (great stacks of them piled up on the floor) along with avant-garde art and a global array of souvenirs from…

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    Ristorante Marechiaro da Bruno

    With more wait staff than some restaurants have customers, the Bruno is a sprawling seafood emporium right on the beachfront. It manages to serve hundreds…

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    Pizzeria Trattoria Vecchio Mulino

    This old-school eatery is a good bet for a classic wood-fired pizza, lentil soups, pastas (perhaps ravioli with mushroom and ricotta) and roasted salsicce…

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    Ristorante Da Nicolino

    Well regarded by locals, this discreet restaurant near the entrance to the old town serves some of the best seafood in a town not short on seafood. It's…

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    Ristorante Clemente

    Generosity seems to define Clemente, where they’ll start you off with a potpourri of warm home-made bread, liberally fill your glass with robust…

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    Sunrise Agri Food

    This friendly, slightly brash little place offers swoon-worthy sea views along the Loggia Amblingh and genuine home cooking, with seafood particularly…