Southern Italian gastronomy is distinctive for its different flavors, frequently mixing together vegetables, spices, meat and past to build a completely new taste.
Taste is exactly what this restaurant lacks.
It's really nice, hosted into a "sasso", an old house digged into the soft rock. Nice furniture, nice lights, good atmosphere.
But the food is much more like an hospital meal than a restaurant: almost completely tasteless, without the typical mark of the southern italian cuisine.
Service is attentive, rather too attentive, since the waiters are too often too close to you.
If the cooked food was tasteless, cheese and dried meats we had as appetizers were good.
We paid 45 Euro (two persons)
This restaurant was reccomended to me by the owner of the B&B where I stayed at.I was a bit diffident as usually hotel owners reccomend restaurants thet give them something in return but it was the first evening, I was tired for the trip and I decided to try it out.
It was really full of tourists and the staff was not so welcoming at the beginning, but, I found out later, this is just the normal habit, people here just don't try to seduce you with smiles, they let their work talk for them.Infact I really had a great dinner, the best in my trip in this city.
First I had an apetizer with local cheese, vegetables and salame, then some egg made tagliolini that were simply eccellent and to finish I had to try their grilled lamb(this the lambs land) that was simply fabolous.
Favorite Dish: The tagliolini with bacon and tomato and mushrooms and the lamb were really superb.I would not reccomen the "vino della casa" which is wine served in a wine pot, that wasn't that good, better pay some euros more and order a good bottle of Agugliano(the wine made in this area).
All in all for the meal I mentioned 1 liter of wine and 1 of water I paid 25 euros.
We had the unique experience of visiting Matera in the Off-Season (week before Christmas). there were three of us, and one other table. we stayed last and towards the end of the evening Michael the Chef and Proprietor of the cantina came to talk to us.
We found him and his wife to be amazingly hospitable and what food!
The story of the restaurant is almost as fascinating as the food is wonderful: Michael found the Sasi location basically in ruins and spent 2 years molding it into the restaurant it is. The art on the wall panels is the work of Ortega a renown Spanish artist who has fallen in love with Matera.
The restaurant is named for the patron saint of Matera (the Madonna della Bruna).
the food is clearly a wonderful manifestation of Basilicata cuisine, Meat is mostly lamb/mutton and there is use of vegetables and beans of the region.
Favorite Dish: Fava Beans with Chicory.
"Cutturidd'" (Lamb in terracotta with Potatos and Vegetables).
The Spumone Ice Cream was fabulous.
this restaurant is located in a sasso which is a typical house of matera. They cook an amazing pasta with sweet dry pepper and grilled bread which is not spicy at all. very good restaurant
Favorite Dish: pasta with dry pepper and bread
A really nice staff and traditional (and rich) italian food. Here they don't joke with food and cooking. Dishes are excellent but sometimes too copious and you must finish your plate or you will hurt the staff. A lot of italian families meet there for lunch so the atmosphere is here too. Prefer dinner too lunch because leave the table is an eliminating heat for the visits under the sun in the afternoon.... but you won't regret.
Favorite Dish: the antipasti, very copious but so tasty
I thought this was a typically restaurant for tourists as it was in the middle of an important square but, as it was mondey and most of restaurants were closed, I tried to go.
First difference betwen the other restaurants I visited here was the very smiling welcome of the owner which surprised me as it was the first time it happened in Matera(read the other restaurant tips).
Anyway I asked for some cheese and I got a mozzarella i could buy in the cheapest discount and a pasta dish which was simply awful.
As if it was not enough, this has been the most expensive place where I have been in the town: 20 euro totally wasted.
A nice pizza and restaurant place.It was not eccelent but the food was fresh and nicely cooked.
I took an appetizer made by local chees vegetables salame and ham and an egg made pasta called cavetelli which is typical of this area.
This restaurant was really cheap, I paid 15 euros.
Favorite Dish: The appetizer was good but the grilled vegetables in it were simply great.
This is the cafe on the roof of the former monastery on the main square in Matera.
You would think it would be very expensive, but no. Lots of great local dishes and Ice Creams to die for, all in an unusual setting.
This is a resturant in Via Fiorentini in the Sassi area. There are three or four restaurants but this has the largest open air eating area covered with parasols. Nice checked tablecloths.
Get there early as it gets full with locals very quickly.
They do great pizzas!
My hubby and I dined at the Cantina di Lucio which
had a big menu displayedoutside, prices of most dishes were around 4 and 5
euros each with a few at 7euros. For starters we each ordered what was written on the menu as - 'melanzane e
pepperone ripieni' at 5euros but the lady of the house suggested that one of us
takes something different so that we can sample more dishes and she
suggested a parmigiana 7 euros. When the starters arrived, there were two
portions of the melanzane and peperoni instead of one and a tiny portion
of parmigiana was served. We told the lady of the house that we ordered
only one serving of the melanzane and pepperoni and she said she would not count
the extra plate in the bill. We also ordered a supposedly cheap
first course plate of pasta at 4euros but what arrived was a yummy but v tiny
bowl of pasta. And for seconds, the supposedly kind lady of the house suggested
a plate of grilled meat for my husband and decided to charge us 18euros for it
which was really incrediibly expensive. When the bill arrived, we realised they
were going to charge us 10euros for the starter instead of 5euros and the lady
of the house insisted that as written on the menu, ''melanzana e pepperoni
5euros'' means one melanzana and one pepperoni added up equals 10euros which was
really an incredible load of bull! we were furious and insisted that it was not
right. At the end of the argument with those big cheats, we got back 5euros but
swore never to go there again. When we got back to
our hotel, we complained to the receptionist who told us that two previous
guests had the same complaints. So I would like to warn all who are planning to
visit that area to avoid at all costs the Cantina di Lucio.All they want is to get as much money from the innocent tourists whom they think will pass by only once.