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Each week Thomas and I give you a behind the scenes look into the people places and cultures that inspire our brand and that we are in awe of. Travel is a key part of why we love our jobs so much as we get to work with artisans from all over the world while eating our way throughs the countries we visit for work and pleasure.
In this blog we take you to Puglia in southern Italy.
Puglia, a southern region forming the heel of Italy’s “boot,” is known for its whitewashed hill towns, centuries-old farmland and hundreds of kilometers of Mediterranean coastline. Capital Bari is a vibrant port and university town, while Lecce is known as “Florence of the South” for its baroque architecture. Alberobello and the Itria Valley are home to “trulli,” stone huts with distinctive conical roofs.
In Each of the towns we visited we picked our favourite eating holes that are known more amongst the locals who live there giving you a peak into the real way to eat while in Italy. As we all know there is no wrong way to eat while in Italy LOL.
Location Torre Canne :
Private Beach Club, sandy beach, breathtaking crystal clear blue sea.
A relaxing place, centre of Nightlife, were to meet new beautiful people to spend an unforgettable summer with live music & fantastic food.
On our recent jaunt threw the Puglia Region in Italy, Thomas and I had the most amazing meals for the most amazingly reasonable prices! Our food tour took us to Martina Francia, Ostoni, Torre Canne, and a beach cafe where apparently Madonna herself threw her Birthday Party last year!
The Staff & Chef
Al Solito Posto is the pizzeria restaurant that has been in Ostuni since 1999, a few steps from the historic center. More than a simple restaurant, a real institution for the residents of the white city, and always a fabulous discovery for tourists. Merit of the exceptional location of the restaurant, really close to the historical center, but above all of a menu consisting of regional dishes of Puglia, both seafood and seafood, prepared maintaining a perfect balance between tradition and innovation: a genuine cuisine, made of local raw materials and a deep passion for culinary art.
The Osteria del Tempo Perso is one of the most famous restaurnts in Ostuni. The historic restaurant is located in the heart of the historic center of Ostuni, this wonderful town in Puglia known throughout the world as the White City. Born in 1983, the restaurant and the components of the mystical environment. Consuming a lunchat Osteria del Tempo Perso, is enjoying the exquisite flavors of the sublime typical cuisine of Puglia and Ostuni, in an atmosphere of unparalleled charm.
Location Martina Franca:
Work, tradition and passion: these are the characteristics that make Bar Adua a milestone in coffee in Martina Franca. His story begins back in 1936. To retrace his birth and growth there are the grandchildren of Leonardo Campobello, patron of Adua coffee: Laura, Donato and Leonardo. In their eyes and in their hands the passion inherited from grandfather Leonardo shines through and tell us how their adventure began.
Since then, for all the years to come, they have dealt with their coffee. Now in 2014, the Adua Bar remains in its historical location and continues to churn out bocconotti, coffee slushes, almond milk, artisan ice cream. In the industriousness of Leonardo, Donato and Laura there is a bit of innovation that mixes well with tradition.
This is demonstrated by the fact that, even today, almond paste is processed by hand. There are no machines that replace the hands of expert pastry chefs. On the other hand, even if a click today facilitates production, it can never replace the experience and the history that defines a quality product. The history of Adua Bar is a story like many others that tells a laborious Martina, who treasures the past to look to the future.
Location Martina Franca:
The Ristorante Gaonas Officine del Gusto was founded in February 2010 by the passion for the cuisine of Gianfranco and Antonella. Located in the heart of the historic center of Martina Franca, it contains the essence of this corner of Puglia: small and reserved, with great attention to detail, among our tables you can savor the flavors of tradition at the service of creativity.
We take from the past the respect of the raw material and we process it also following new and innovative methods of cooking, such as low temperature and slow cooking, because we want to bring into your dishes all the flavor, texture and properties of each ingredient.
Torre Canne :
The history of the restaurant Al Buco began in the early ’70s, when the fisherman Jerome Campanella, commonly known as “Cimonetto”, and his wife Pasquarella transform a cave used as a warehouse and “care” of seafood in a fish with adjacent refreshment room. The restaurant, among the first on the promenade of Torre Canne, is growing rapidly and now is one of the most popular seafood restaurants in the area.
Thomas and Pilar
Among the typical dishes of the restaurant Al Buco as well the fish is always fresh and cooked in the traditional local, remember the “Sea Symphony”, the noodles with fresh shrimp, cuttlefish, mussels, rocket and “Cherry” and the “Cimonetto” swordfish. The restaurant also has a wide and careful selection of local and national wines. Thanks to wonderful veranda overlooking the sea and the adjoining bar with homemade ice cream, the restaurant Al Buco is the ideal place to live opportunities holiday or everyday.
Location Cisternino :
Giardini 36 is perfect for the Vegan or Vegetarian in search of something besides seafood. Their combinations of locally grown (behind the restaurant) herbs and vegetables along with the unique decor cactus beds sunken into the middle of the table make this a great unexpected stop.Furthermore they have great gifts of jarred goodies to buy to bring as gifts or to #selfgift.
Thomas and I walking through all the Trulli in Alberobello