Restaurants

Top Choice Italian in Matera

Soul Kitchen

If you thought Basilicata was somehow lagging behind the rest of Italy in the food stakes, correct your prejudice with pleasure at Soul Kitchen: this cavernous restaurant with sharp colour accents epitomises Matera'…
Osteria in Matera

Osteria al Casale

While al Casale's secondi are uniformly meaty, this charming osteria does offer more vegetarian options than most. Antipasti such as sformatino (a 'mis-shapen' dumpling) of eggplant with tomato and basil and primi s…
Italian in Matera

Dedalo

Dedalo's motto 'sensi sommersi' (submerged senses) will either hint at pretension, or indicate the lengths this classy fine diner goes to to wow its clientele. Surrounded by modern art in a softly-lit and impeccable…
Italian in Matera

Baccanti

Baccanti is as classy as a cave can be. The design is simple glamour against the low arches of the cavern; the dishes – perhaps ash-baked potato with stracciatella cheese and crumbled taralli (crackers) or ravioli w…
Italian in Matera

La Grotta nei Sassi

This welcoming little cave restaurant is a great bet for Materan classics and spanking fresh seafood. Try the tuna tagliata, stuffed mussels or orecchiette with turnip-tops, but leave room for dessert. In good weath…
Gelato in Matera

I Vizi degli Angeli

'The Angels' Vices', an artisinal gelato 'laboratory' on the busy promenade of Via Domenico Ridola, is Matera's best. Alongside classics such as pistachio, you'll find experimental flavours such as grapefruit with p…
Pastries in Matera

Pasticceria Schiuma

This old-school pasticceria, established in 1946, is all gleaming glass, polished tiles and gaudy, delectable cakes. Buy a paper bag of delights to take away, or linger with an espresso and torta al cioccolato (choc…
Trattoria in Matera

Le Botteghe

Proudly proclaiming itself the first of its kind in Sasso Barisano, this classy but informal restaurant set in arched whitewashed rooms has been trading since 1999. While carnivores will rejoice, it's also good for …
Italian in Matera

Sofi

The increasing sophistication of Matera's food scene is evident in the refined touches given to Italian classics at this friendly terraced restaurant. Alongside bang-on renditions of staples such as fava-bean puree …
Osteria in Matera

Osteria La Pignata

Pasta is highly recommended at this popular sassi osteria, perhaps cavatellini ceci e vongole (little hand-made pasta curls with chickpeas and clams) or paccheri alla murgiana (little tubes with cardoncelli mushroom…