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  • by alexandmary Written Mar 28, 2008

    Nausikaa, Via Arco Fumarola, 7, tel (0039) 3314952180; best to book. Tucked away in the heart of the mediaeval town, in the historic pedestrian alleys behind Cafe Tripoli, and the most stylish-looking with a modern take on local dishes; the food is great. It’s also a wine bar, so a much more extensive wine list than usual but no dearer than rough and ready Sagittario below or the more touristy places round the corner on Piazza Maria Immacolata (Ai Portici and Da Pio below).

    Osteria Fascino Antonio. Via Arco Valente, 17.is an amazing tiny grill (only antipasti and meat; no pizza's or pastas) but very good quality and value- set meal for 13 Eurs if you want a whole meal each, and run by a really charmingyoung couple who are more lilkely to give you a drink or coffee on the house than to pad the bill. It's literally downstairs from our flat, but thats not our reason for liking it. Closed lunchtimes. Very busy at weekends, but open late in season, so you can usually get in, even if you have to wait, or pop back (then wait some more). Steaks, mixed grills, and bottled, rather than carafe wine, at very fair prices.

    Sagittario. Via Quarto 15 - not in centro storico but tucked away in the back streets 300-400m south of Piazza Septembre XX - the big square, and a couple of blocks/100m west of Corso Italia (Via Tranto) A big, robust, local place, always packed with locals - not haute cuisine, but big on local staples (mixed meat starters, 'fave' (pureed beans), orichetti with rape (pasta with green veg), meat and mixed grills cooked on skewers. Good cheap house wine and Big portions, (we usually share one starter at 4-7 Euros and one meat dish at 6-14 Euros between 2).

    Ai Portici and Da Pio ;both on Piazza Maria Immacolata, the collonaded are next to the cathedral. More frequented by tourists (they are among the few places with outdoor tables and which open at lunch). They often give you oral rather than written bills, so may inadvertently (?) round up the total, but still good value.

    And the last recommendation is the amazingly good cheap Pizza Place (not sure of the name) on Via Principe Umberto; a warren of high-ceilinged rooms, and, in good weather, tables in the narrow side alley, where you eat between the baroque facade of the Chiesa di San Domenico at one end, and glimpses of palm trees in the convent garden at the other.

    I'd also recommend almost any of the many fish restaurants on the coast in and between Savalettri (a fish port) and Torre Canne, both 30 minutes north.

    Favorite Dish: All of these restaurants serve exclusively local dishes; intimidatingly varied mixed antipasti, grilled meats, fish, 'fave' (a puree of potato and bean) and orichietti pasta with vegetables, but Nausikaa is unusual in that it has a lighter, modern take on these puglian classics.

    Interiors are interesting too; even the more basic pizza places have high vaulted stone ceilings, reflecting the wonderful baroque architecture of the mediaeval centre of this town in central Puglia in Southern Italy

    Related to:
    • Food and Dining
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
    • Architecture

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