Salento is always a good choice, both in summer and winter time. It is famous not only for the beauty of the landscape, from the countryside to the seaside, but also for the culinary tradition typical of the Apulian area. The perfect match between first class ingredients and innovative taste. Enjoy with The Italian Eye the best restaurants in Salento
La Puritate – Gallipoli
Via S.Elia, 18, 73014 Gallipoli LE. +39 0833 264205
It’s told that La Puritate is probably the best restaurant in Gallipoli. Located among the ancient walls of the city, this place bases its fortune on fish dishes. Thanks to a really polite and willing staff and to a wide, first class choice of starters, this restaurant cannot avoid to accomplish each desire. Unmissable, among the others, the shrimps cooked in every possible way.
L’Acchiatura – Racale
Via Marzani, 12, 73055 Racale LE. +39 0833558839
Located in an ancient building from the XI century, L’Acchiatura is the most lovely venue in Racale. The Apulian cuisine is perfectly matched to the place, composed of many rooms and intern courtyards. Talking about the food, a special mention goes to the orecchiette with turnip tops and the soft inside the bread, and to the salt shrimps with oil. While speaking of location, the amazing cavern pool inside Palazzo Briganti (the B&B of L’Acchiatura) is absolutely to try.
Atlantis Bel Ami – Otranto
Via Porto Craulo, 73028 Otranto, LE. +39 0836804401
In the beautiful frame of Otranto’s beach rises one of the coolest place for eating in this area: Atlantis Bel Ami. Here you can find a truly Apulian cuisine based on fresh fish, coming from the most ancient tradition. While gazing towards the sea, you can try an amazing culinary experience, perfectly matched to the vibrant presence of the owner Lucio.
Masseria Gattamora – Uggiamo la Chiesa
Via Campo Sportivo, 33, 73020 Uggiano la Chiesa, LE. +39 0836817936
Just a few minutes by car from Otranto, there is one of those typical manor farms able to make you totally reassess your city-frenetic life. The bucolic landscape, matched to the hospitality of Madame Patrizia, makes Gattamora an authentic place where both eating and sleeping follow high standards. The cuisine, in fact, represents the Apulian tradition revisited with a modern vision, and includes both sea and ground menus accompanied by fresh vegetables.
Peccato di Vino – Otranto
Via Rondachi, 7 Centro Storico, 73028 Otranto, LE. +39 0836801488
Talking about Apulian food, we cannot avoid mentioning the great importance of wine. Just a few steps away from the Cathedral of Otranto there’s a charming spot for wine and food degustation. To the rich dishes from revisited traditional cuisine, with locally sourced ingredients, the chef Simonetta adds an incredibly interesting wine list, with bottles coming from the most different wine cellars. The result is a careful research of mix and match, whose fil rouge is the magnification of the Apulian taste.
Ristorante Anima e Cuore – Galatina
Via Garibaldi 7, Piazza San Pietro, 73013 Galatina, LE. +39 0836564301
The tautology of the name doesn’t leave any space to ambiguities. The restaurant Anima e Cuore, soul and heart, is located at the first floor of Palace Tondi-Vignola and it is the meeting point of the lovers of good cuisine. From the terrace, which opens over the main square of the town, it is possible to taste a rich selection of ground and sea dishes, satisfying even the most demanding palate. Vegans included. The wine list closes the circle of a first class culinary experience, whose spokesperson are the two chefs, friends from childhood, Biagino De Matteis and De Pascalis Alessandro.
Le Quattro Spezierie – Lecce
Via Imperatore Augusto 19, 73100 Lecce, LE. +39 0832246311
Located in a charming historical abode, which has been a tavern and a inn since 1400, the luxury resort Vestas features Le Quattro Spezierie restaurant. The culinary space is divided into 3 areas: Roof Garden, Gourmet Restaurant and the Janet Ros room. Chef Cosimo Simmi delights the audience with menus balancing creativity and tradition, creating dishes whose aesthetics is directly proportional to the quality and deliciousness of the content. The unmissable speciality? The spaghettoni of Benedetto Cavalieri with mackerels and asparagus.
Grotta Palazzese – Polignano a Mare
Via Narciso, 59, 70044 Polignano A Mare, BA. +39 0804240677
This is, without any doubt, the most renowned and sought after restaurant of the entire Salento. The spectacular sea cuisine rivals with the breathtaking sight over the sea itself, and Grotta Palazzese in an unavoidable destination for the lovers of food and seaside. Divided into two areas, the cave firstly shows itself in all its primordial shape, dug by the erosion of atmospheric agents and without any architectural barrier. Secondly, it configures itself in a more modern version, still carved into the stone but protected by glass windows which makes it visitable the whole year.
Osteria del Tempo Perso – Ostuni
Via Gaetano Tanzarella Vitale, 47, 72017 Ostuni, BR. +39 0831304819
In the heart of the white city, where the houses have the same color as they are all covered by lime, stands a restaurant whose particularity is perfectly aligned with the city it is hosted by. The Osteria del Tempo Perso (Tavern of the lost time) has its abode inside a cave that, in the 1500, was used as an oven. In addition to this scenographic space, there’s also another room containing a real museum of the countryside history of Ostuni, with historical pieces such as utensils, locks, oil and wine containers. Here people don’t come only to eat the perfect Apulian meal, but also to commemorate a past era through taste and tradition.
Borgo Egnazia – Savelletri di Fasano
Savelletri di Fasano – 72015 Fasano, BR. +39 0802255000
Located on the border line between Salento and Terra di Bari, the hamlet of Savelletri hosts a wonderful resort – Borgo Egnazia – whose dreamy atmosphere is revealed both in the structure and in the services. Among those, food occupies an important role, displayed in 6 top level restaurants.
It is the romantic restaurant of the area, with soft lights and the perfect atmosphere for an intimate dinner. In case you are going over with the family, you can leave babies and children at Da Puccetta, the culinary corner where food meets fun for the youngest.
It conjugates Apulian tradition and country living, with locally source products and a view on the land all around.
Trattoria Mia Cucina
This is the laboratory in which each cuisine lover can practice his own skills. Inside you can find an open kitchen, to discover all the secrets behind your upcoming dish, and also to attend cooking classes. The perfect way to learn everything about what you love to eat and how to cook it.
Pescheria da Vito
The reign of sea food. Located just in front of the sea, here you can find salads, main dishes, and mixed grills of fresh fishes, coming directly from the sea in front of you.
Literally the colonnade, it is located in a noble structure enriched by columns. The restaurant offers a wide choice of Mediterranean flavors inserted in the typicality of the Apulian culinary tradition.
Masseria Torre Coccaro – Savelletri di Fasano
Contrada Coccaro, 8, 72015 Savelletri di Fasano, BR. +39 0804829310
Still in Savelletri, as if splendor should be an unavoidable quality of the entire hamlet, there’s the five stars hotel Torre Coccaro, a manor farm which boasts really interesting restaurants as worthy as their acknowledgements. Engathia, with its star vaults from the XVII century and located inside the old farm of the manor, proposes a typical Mediterranean cuisine enriched with the products offered by or hunted in the surrounding territory.
In an other space, obtained from an old part of the farm too, there’s the restaurant Le Palme, with a view over the orange grove in front of it. The cuisine here is typically Apulian, interpreted in a creative way, using the products of the manor farm and the fresh fish from the Savelletri sea.