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
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