Puglia is a region of Southern Italy, it is located in a strategic geographical position as it enjoys, for most of the year, the sun and fresh north winds. It is characterized by breathtaking landscapes, but above all, it enjoys an infinite vastness of native products. From fish caught on the Ionian and Mediterranean coasts to fruit and vegetables, olives (land of olive trees) and, last but not least, homemade pasta. Each kilometre in Puglia contains a different flavour, which is why it is so unique.
Below we report the 15 best Restaurants in Puglia.
- Ristorantino L’Acquapazza – Lecce
We begin our journey through the Apulian lands in the splendid Lecce, the Baroque city of Salento. One of the most beautiful cities on the peninsula, which preserves centuries of art. Lecce boasts some of the best fish restaurants in the historic centre, including the L’acquapazza restaurant. Here the catch of the day is made available to customers, served on the plate and fresh. Home cooking is where the adjective becomes an added value in terms of hospitality, welcome and typically.
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2. Osteria Degli Spiriti – Lecce
Still in the heart of the magnificent Lecce, the Osteria Degli Spiriti has become a fixed stop for lovers of good food and the most sophisticated gourmets. A restaurant with a pleasant, warm, romantic and welcoming atmosphere near the historic city centre. At the Osteria Degli Spiriti, you will find the best Salento and Apulian specialities, from fresh fish to homemade pasta. Here everything smells of Puglia.
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3. Osteria Del Tempo Perso – Ostuni, Brindisi
We move further north to arrive in Ostuni, the so-called “White City”. A beautiful town located on a hill, which offers an incredible landscape and which offers restaurants of the highest level. The Osteria del Tempo Perso is one of the most famous restaurants in Ostuni. This is located in the heart of the historic centre of the town. Here you can savour the superb flavours of the sublime typical Apulian and Ostuni cuisine, surrounded by the warmth of an incredible location, immersed in the white stones of the city, living a unique experience, and dining by candlelight in a very romantic atmosphere.
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4. Ristorante Taverna Della Gelosia – Ostuni, Brindisi
The Taverna Della Gelosia was born in the alleys of the historic centre of Ostuni, where there was nothing but white stone and the doors of the houses. It was taken because that hidden place seems perfect for a garden, many tables and happy customers. The suitable lessons of time remain etched in the walls and dishes. The Taverna Della Gelosia is a classic Italian restaurant, which meets the originality of a chef and the gastronomic wisdom of an entire brigade.
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5. Terrazze Monachile – Polignano A Mare, Bari
We are in Polignano A Mare, one of the most evocative places in Puglia. Home of the great Domenico Modugno and the most exclusive and luxurious restaurants of the Murge plateau. We find the Monachile Terraces much more than a restaurant with a breathtaking view. Imagine breathing in the scent of the sea and looking out onto a beautiful terrace set in one of Polignano’s most evocative and evocative places. An exclusive and unconventional location where good food and a dream landscape blend perfectly.
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6. Specchia Sant’Oronzo – Polignano A Mare, Bari
Soft lights in the evening and colourful gardens by day, an enchanting panorama in an elegant location and excellent attention to detail will be the characteristics of your moments of celebration and your beautiful dinners in Polignano a Mare. The Specchia Sant’Oronzo Restaurant is one of the best restaurants in Polignano a Mare. It stands out for its careful selection of quality products, its tasty Italian cuisine, and the extraordinary panorama from its magnificent terraces.
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7. Cibus – Ceglie Messapica, Brindisi
Ceglie is one of the oldest cities in Puglia. Kailia was his name for the Messapi and Caelium for the Romans. The remains of the surrounding walls and the 100 steps («li ciènd scalùn») from which the acropolis was accessed are still visible. The Cibus restaurant, absolute excellence for the area, offers typical Apulian cuisine and is located in the alleys of the historic centre, in an ancient convent of the 1400s. The stone rooms, with lime and painted arches, host the diners for a unique and unforgettable.
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8. Antimo, Ristorante E Casina Terramora – Ceglie Messapica, Brindisi
Casina Terramora is an ancient rustic house set in an area of 4 hectares, with one hundred centuries-old olive trees, almond trees, figs, a forest of fragni and downy oaks, original stone walkways, blackberry bushes, mastic trees and pomegranates. Antimo, owner and chef of the restaurant, is a “cook” looking for a particular house to welcome guests and offer good Mediterranean products with renewed creativity and passion.
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9. Ristorante Lido Bianco – Monopoli, Bari
Monopoli is a pearl of rare beauty, a small town close to the sea, which attracts tourists from all over the world thanks to its ancient villages and fish restaurants. The Lido Bianco restaurant is one of those places that you will hardly be able to forget. Have lunch or dinner with a sea view, thanks to a glass room that guarantees a crazy view, and enjoy good white wine and the freshness of the daily catch.
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10. La Torretta Del Pescatore – Monopoli, Bari
Also in Monopoli, but further from the Mediterranean coasts, in the Bari countryside, is La Torretta Del Pescatore. Refined cuisine, quality raw materials, selected wines, elegant and intimate environment, hospitality and courtesy. The rich fish counter, fresh every day, and the smells and flavours of the narrower and more traditional Puglia offer a culinary experience that will leave you breathless.
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11. Ristorante “L’Aratro” Di Domenico Laera – Alberobello, Bari
Still, in the hinterland of Bari, we find one of the most famous places where the international scene envies the Italian peninsula so much. We are talking about the one and only Alberobello, which enchants visitors with this rustic landscape, full of Trulli and vegetation, giving the impression of being in a fairytale context. The L ‘Aratro restaurant is located in the heart of the historic centre of Alberobello. In this rustic setting, dishes mainly from the Apulian tradition are offered. The kitchen offers a rich menu of unique and genuine dishes.
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12. Ristorante Trullo D’Oro – Alberobello, Bari
The Trullo D’Ora restaurant is located within the walls of the Trulli of Alberobello and offers its customers an exceptional food and wine experience. The exaltation of a dish finds its perfection in the union with the right wine pairing. A journey through the most important regional and national vineyards will thrill you and transport you to native lands and perfumes. The unique flavours and the excellence of the raw materials enhance authentic Apulian cuisine.
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13. Angelo Sabatelli Ristorante – Putignano, Bari
Angelo Sabatelli’s restaurant was born in the small town of Putignano, in the upper Bari area. A Michelin restaurant that excels in the Apulian province, recognized by the best food and wine guides. The Angelo Sabatelli Restaurant makes excellence its strong point, offering its customers a unique culinary experience that leaves its diners delighted. A modern, revisited gourmet cuisine that leaves room for imagination.
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14. Marea Seaside Experience – Brindisi
The city of Brindisi is renamed “The City of the Deer” as its splendid natural harbour takes on a particular shape, in the form of deer horns, unravelling the pier between the Levante and the Ponente. The Marea Restaurant welcomes its guests in an exceptional location right in the heart of the port of Brindisi, in a modern and refined atmosphere, and offers a high level of seafood cuisine. With panoramas that extend between the Castello di Terra and the passage to the open sea.
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15. Origini – Osteria – Martina Franca, Taranto
We conclude our journey through the Apulian Mediterranean beauties in Martina Franca, a suggestive village with Baroque influences with an almost medieval appearance. This small town has excellent restaurants that refer to the Apulian tradition, including the Osteria Origini, located in the heart of the historic centre of Martina Franca. This welcoming place offers its customers typical Apulian dishes, making them feel at home.
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Wherever you are in Puglia, and you want to try other local restaurants, come to visit our guide of the best restaurants in Puglia. If, on the other hand, you are travelling around Italy and you want to try new restaurants with different flavours, come and visit us on our guide of the best restaurants in Italy.