Restaurants, Eateries, Bars – Our Recommendations
Following are our personal suggestions. There are many more of course.
Your feedback will be greatly appreciated as we constantly update this list.
Please ask in case you need directions or require any help with your reservation.
It is generally a good idea to call ahead particularly out of season, to make sure they are open. During weekends and high season you should always book your table.
1) Meat and Pizza Restaurants
Very close to Trullo Fumarola, within walking distance – a nice place with a great view:
Just go out the gate and turn left. Take the first road right (after about 100 mt). Just a few minutes walk up the hill and you have arrived. They serve local food and the value for money is decent. The only downside: Their booking is a bit complicated as they need to know beforehand what you will be eating, from a choice of antipasti (mozzarella, vegetables, meatballs and the like), homemade pasta and meat (roast meat, sausage, lamb). We can of course do your reservation for you if you prefer.
C.da Battaglini 265/A
74015 Martina Franca
Tel. 080 4400106
Always open June-August. Necessary to call before (see above)
Close to Martina Franca in the countryside – probably the best place for the real local food: Le Ruote
They only do a few dishes, but they do them perfectly. And everything is homemade. It is a good idea to call ahead as they don’t always open.
Trattoria Le Ruote
Contrada Primicerio, 52
74015 Martina Franca
Tel: 080 4837473
Close to us, in the direction of Alberobello: Paradiso di Puglia
Very good pizza (only at night) and decent local food. Good value for money. The owner, Michele, is very nice and speaks a bit of English. They organize Karaoke on Sunday evenings – good fun to watch some local talent and maybe have a go yourself.
Paradiso di Puglia
Via Alberobello, Zona C 132
Tel. 080 4400576
In the old town center of Martina Franca: Garibaldi Bistrot
A nice casual place right by the Basilica San Martino. The food is good and the place cosy and welcoming.
Piazza Plebiscito, 13
Tel. 080 483 7987
In Locorotondo – Two places which are perfect for a long lunch (or dinner) in the old city center:
La Taverna del Duca
A sweet little restaurant in the beautiful city center of Locorotondo. Antonella does the local specialties in the most perfect way.
Via Papatotero, 3
Tel. 080 431 3007
Closed: Monday + Sunday for dinner only
A very nice place to have lunch or dinner. The place has a refreshing atmosphere to it (traditional but with a modern twist). The food is good and the staff is nice.
Via Dura, 19
Tel. 080 431 1433
In Ceglie Messapica: Ristorante Cibus
Great atmosphere and amazing food. The place is located in the heart of the old centre. The owners are dedicated to the local cuisine and are serving traditional local dishes many of which are nowadays hard to find.
Via Chianche di Scarano, 7
72013 Ceglie Messapica
Tel. 0831 388980
In Savelletri – Umberto
Very good food and service. The restaurant is just off the coast and has a nice cosy atmosphere. Decent value for money.
La Taverna di Umberto
Via Ticino, 2
72015 Savelletri (BR)
Tel. 080 4829105
On the coat near Monopoli – Ristorante Elia
Right on the coast with a beautiful terrace overlooking the sea. All the local seafood specialties with decent quality. A little pricier and more suitable for a romantic dinner than for families with young children.
Contrada Capitolo, 5
Tel. 080 742533
In Monopoli – Osteria Perricci
Trattoria in the old town. Good value for money. Gets hectic especially during peak times.
Via Orazio Comes, 1
Tel. 080 9372208
In Polignano a Mare – Tuccino
Widely thought to be one of the region’s best seafood restaurant, Tuccino is definitely an experience for those who love seafood. All produce is of the highest quality and the service and location are great (right by the sea). It is, however, quite pricey.
Via S. Caterina, 69/F
Polignano a Mare
Tel. 080 4241560
Closed: Monday for lunch
Caffé Tripoli: Don’t leave Martina Franca without having stopped by
This place feels a bit like a set from one of the Godfather movies (the scenes in Sicily of course). And it is a perfect location to stop for a coffee or an Aperitivo after having visited the Basilica in the old centre which is just a stone throw away. If you like coffee and have a sweet tooth you should try the famous Granita di Caffé con Panna, crushed iced crushed with a huge heap of the sweetest and stiffest whipped cream you have ever had.
Via Giuseppe Garibaldi 25
Wine and Beer Bar Cibando, a fun place to hang out and watch the crowd
A great location, right in front of the Palazzo Ducale in Martina Franca’s old centre. Try some of their specialty beers from a local microbrewery. They also serve a good variety of snacks.
Piazza Roma 19
Open Monday – Saturday from about 11.30 am until 3 pm and from about 7.30 pm until midnight, Sundays from about 7.30 pm until noon.
Wine Bar and Eatery Vineka
A fun place to hang out and have one of their inventive cocktail creations or just a glass of wine and something to eat. They often do live music after 10 pm. Just behind the “Stradone”, the square leading to the Porta Santo Stefano, the historical centre’s gate.
Via Giuseppe Battaglini, 12/13
Open evenings from about 6 pm onwards. Closed: Tuesday
Martina Franca’s favourite Bar: Bar Adua
Excellent patisserie, all home made of course. Run by the same family since 1936.
Via Paisiello 60
The best ice cream in the area at Gelateria Arte Fredda in Alberobello
Amazingly delicious ice cream right on the main road of Alberobello. Just park in the city centre’s parking place and then walk down. The gelateria will be onyour left.
Largo Martellotta, 47