Restaurants

Top Choice Vegetarian in Alberobello

Trattoria Terra Madre

Vegetables take pride of place in Italian kitchens, especially at this enthusiastic vegtarian-ish (some meat is served) restaurant. The farm-to-table ethos rules – most of what you eat comes from the organic garden …
Top Choice Seafood in Peschici

Al Trabucco da Mimì

Mimì sadly passed away in 2016, but his daughter and grandsons keep this delightful place ticking. Sitting on wooden trestles beneath the eponymous trabucco (a traditional Pugliese wooden fishing platform) you'll ea…
Top Choice Italian in Peschici

Porta di Basso

Superb views of the ocean drop away from the floor-to-ceiling windows beside intimate alcove tables at this adventurous and stylish clifftop restaurant. Choose from one of three degustation menus, and prepare to be …
Top Choice Puglian in Lecce

Trattoria Il Rifugio della Buona Stella

A third-generation family restaurant in a gorgeous Leccese building with sandy stone walls and medieval decor, this wonderful trattoria serves utterly delicious Pugliese food at more-than-reasonable prices. Start of…
Top Choice Osteria in Bari

Paglionico Vini e Cucina

Dishing up what the locals like since 1870, this 100% Barese osteria (casual tavern) is an absolute classic. There's no menu, just a chalkboard displaying what's cooking that day. It's all fine salt-of-the-earth Pug…
Top Choice Trattoria in Lecce

Trattoria le Zie - Cucina Casareccia

Where better to eat cucina casareccia (home cooking) than a place that feels like a private home, with patterned cement floor tiles, paper-strewn desk and a welcoming hostess (Carmela Perrone)? Known locally as simp…
Top Choice Italian in Ostuni

Porta Nova

Scenically installed in the Aragonese fortifications, this terraced restaurant is a special occasion charmer. Seafood is wonderful here, with a whole section of the menu devoted to crudo mare (raw fish). Ease into w…
Top Choice Seafood in Otranto

L'Altro Baffo

This elegant modern restaurant near the castle stands out in Otranto's competitive dining scene. It stays in touch with basic Pugliese and Italian principles, but ratchets things up several notches: the 'carbonara' …
Top Choice Puglian in Vieste

Vecchia Vieste

Look beyond the stony, cavernous interior of this modest-seeming restaurant to find what is possibly the best homemade, hand-shaped orecchiette in Puglia (and that's saying something). Try it topped with the obligat…
Top Choice Seafood in Trani

Corteinfiore

The decking, stiff tablecloths and marquee setting of this famed Trani seafood restaurant set hopes racing, and the food, wine and service deliver in full. Expect lots of seafood, and expect it to be excellent: try …