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Upcoming Puglia trip

daves2009 | May 20, 201505:23 AM

Dear Chowhounds
I will be travelling to Puglia and Basilicata shortly with stays near Carovigno (1 week), Peschici (3 days), Matera (2 days) and Trani (1 day). I have availed of the previous CH reviews and threads here on both these provinces and have identified (and/or booked) several restaurants:

Carovigno / Ostuni: Gia Sotto l’Arco, Casale Ferrovia, Porta Nova

Peschici: Trabucco da Mimi, Porto di Basso

Matera: Le Botteghe

Lecce: Le Zie

Trani: Corteinfiore

HOWEVER, I am conscious that many of these are probably a little fancy and I wonder if that is a good idea: I have often found on previous trips to Italy that the more low-key and “honest” the kitchen, the more satisfying the experience. Does anyone have any thoughts / opinions on this?

I suppose what I’m after are any recommendations for places that locals frequent in these areas (say Val d’Itria and Gargano) – somewhere to go for lunch while out sight-seeing.

We have a house while in Carovigno so I intend to to cook at home some of the time and buy local produce (and hopefully some fresh fish) in the village shops or the weekly market. The impression I get is that each main village/town holds a market once a week. Can anyone confirm this? Or advise of local fishmongers, etc?

Thanks in advance for any help

I’m very excited about the trip and will write a lengthy review when I return

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