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19 June 2005

A week in Puglia

Garlic_2 I've just returned from Puglia and don't have the time at the moment to give the full run down of where we went and what we ate but some quick initial observations are:

  • The area where we were (nr Fasano) was far more industrialised than I had expected and so it took a bit more searching to find places that were out of the way.
  • I've read lots of things saying that Puglia is the next hot destination, which is worrying because given the number of tourists that were there when we went it will be mobbed.  PLEASE, PLEASE, don't let it turn into the next Tuscany or heaven forbid, the next Marbella.
  • It's a fantastic place for vegetarians or rather those of us who are picky about where we eat our meat.
  • You aren't assured of great food (blame the tourists) but when you get it, it knocks your socks off.
  • You can't see it all in a week - another visit is definitely necessary.

Highlights on the stomach filling front were:

  1. The first thing I ate at our hotel, Borgo San Marco: a salad of tomatoes, artichoke hearts and olive oil. 
  2. Dinner any night at BSM cooked by Peppino, who's voice at least meant he could have doubled for Barry White.  He is also one of Italy's nattiest dressers.
  3. Lunch at Alle due Corti in Lecce.
  4. The market at Alberobello, just a shame about all the tourist tat around the market.
  5. Dinner at Osteria del Tempo Perso in Ostuni.
  6. Any meal that included a tomato.

Cheese_1 I'll come back and add more flesh to these bones, just give me a couple of days to open the post.

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