110 Cavalli Mozzarellabar

While the name highlights their excellent mozzarella and tapas, 110 Cavalli is also perfect for an after-dinner drink. Stop by this cozy spot, which is just outside Cisternino, for lively music, great views and an expertly crafted cocktail.


With an ivy-covered masseria, beautiful courtyard and interior lined with candles, this charming restaurant is a lovely place for dinner.
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Opened in 2015, this highbrow dining establishment serves modern renditions of Italian classics to Lecce’s elite.
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Da Tuccino

This restaurant is a favorite among locals and tourists alike thanks to its vast seafood selection and setting overlooking the Adriatic.
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The alfresco Doppiozero is one of the best places in Lecce for a casual lunch or dinner.
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Gelateria Caruso

Known as the best gelateria in Puglia, the popular Caruso is located in the main square in Monopoli. The shop offers around 20 gelato flavors and cones that can be lined with hot white chocolate, milk chocolate or caramel before the gelato is loaded in. Caruso has another location (Via Martiri di Dogali 3) in nearby Polignano a Mare.

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Il Cortiletto

Il Cortiletto has a beautiful white-washed dining terrace is shaded by trees and decorated with cacti, dangling peppers, fresh herbs and Pugliese pottery.
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Il Tempo Nuovo

Chef Tommaso Sanguedolce serves delicious regional dishes at this restored 16th-century castle restaurant at Castello di Ugento.

Le Zie

Italian for “the aunts,” Le Zie is run by a duo of doting local women, who make guests feel at home in their small dining room. Diners should let their  server guide them, as apart from favorites like the homemade pastas and eggplant parmesan, the best bites are the seasonal dishes.

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Masseria Palombara Restaurant

The restaurant at Masseria Palombara stands out as one of its most impressive features, offering traditional Puglian cuisine crafted from seasonal ingredients sourced from the hotel’s own organic garden.


This gelateria and pasticceria is a must-visit for its gelato, granita and pasticcini di mandorle, (small almond cookies characteristic of the region).

Osteria Briganti

Located in the old town of Gallipoli, this authentic Italian trattoria serves up traditional Pugliese food with a focus on seafood.
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Osteria del Porto

Perched overlooking the Salvelletri harbor, this seafood restaurant is a favorite with locals as well as visitors, who come for the uber-fresh carpaccio and seared tuna. The al fresco terrace is perfect for a midday break or a candlelit evening.

Food at Osteria del Tempo Perso, Puglia, Italy

Osteria del Tempo Perso

Located in the so-called “White Town” of Ostuni, Osteria has been a classic on the Apulian dining scene since opening in 1983. The dynamic eatery features two dining rooms: one is carved into a 16th-century cave, while the second is a museum dedicated to the history of Ostuni. The cuisine is simple Italian, with lots of pastas and seafood on the menu.

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Osteria di Chichibio

This classic Italian spot serves some of the best seafood in the region. With vaulted ceilings and dim lighting, the romantic restaurant is ideal for enjoying one of the biodynamic wines on offer, paired with a whole-baked fish or the crudo of the day.

Exterior View : Pescheria 2 Mare, Puglia, Italy

Pescheria 2 Mari

Located right in the center of the tiny town of Savelletri di Fasano, Pescheria 2 Mari has a sleek, contemporary design that poses a striking yet beautiful contrast to the historic church and ocean port that surround it. The family-owned and -operated restaurant is currently run by a father-daughter duo, who work side-by-side, with the father preparing the food and his daughter serving and practicing her English. The menu is seafood-only and the specialty is raw fish. Everything on the menu is spectacular, but opt for the daily special, which features the freshest fish of the day. The tiny restaurant boasts a small dining room, but the sprawling alfresco terrace is the best place to eat thanks to the beautiful views. A sunset aperitivo here is a Puglia must.

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Piazza Palmieri

This restaurant serves up a delicious, seafood-focused menu. If the weather is good, request a table on the patio, which is shaded by umbrellas.
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Premiato Caffé Venezia

Set on the main square in Monopoli, this is the oldest café in town and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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Quanto Basta

For expertly crafted cocktails, this Lecce hot spot is the place to go. The lively bar draws a wide range of clientele, including both old and young locals as well as visitors. The charming location in the historic city center is convenient and the staff will happily whip up any beverage you'd like.

Ristorante La Tavernetta

Tucked at the end of a winding alley in Martina Franca, the charming Tavernetta conjures rustic Italian living in its cozy, convivial dining room. Often filled with locals, the neighborhood spot serves delicious antipasti in small ceramic dishes that makes for a great appetizer for a larger group, as well as heartier dishes, like risotto al funghi and beef filet with mushroom sauce.

Ristorante Trullo D’Oro

Set in a trulli house (a typical Apulian hut), Trullo is known for serving heaping portions of traditional antipasti and pastas. The slightly off-the-beaten path spot is perfect for a low-key meal.

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Zio Pietro Il Fornello

This no-frills, down and dirty butchery is known for its excellent bombettes, an Apulian specialty of succulent grilled meat and cheese that cannot be beat. Enjoy your meal with a glass of the house wine for a truly authentic experience.

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