Having spent a wonderful 2 weeks in Puglia 2 years ago I thought this time would be time repeating itself . Puglia has grown to be one of my favourite places in the world. Gone are the glitzy sidewalks of California. Gone are the elegant Parisian pavements. Even the mere hint of a passigiata is rarely seen. I was here ( with the better half ) for a wedding down in the heart ❤️ of Italy. In a place where only locals go and in a place so tranquil you can hear a cat 🐱 tiptoe.
The wedding was for a good work friend of mine and his long suffering (now) wife The hotel was fabulous and so was the hospitality. (Please visit the website : Montelauro)
I did have a booking at grotto palazzese (Restaurant in the rocks) but having read the reviews i saw that you would be paying premium rate just to have the chance of sitting at potentially 1 of 6 tables sea-side with overated food and super expensive bills . The odds were against it we declined this time !. We had earlier in the week visited La sommita and that was out of this world (michelin starred and didnt dissapoint !)
Because the Wallet was in meltdown we opted for this view from the terrace of the restaurant in Monopoli …
Wasn’t a hard choice to make !!!
We settled for Terrace restaurant . Fabulous setting and super great location. We watched the 🌅 and settled down to 3 courses. Being a seaside town we had a glorious choice of the best fish. What we got was very average squid 🐙 and dishes that were a bit bland. It seems like this part of Italy has the sun and location but what lets them down is the lack of specialist abilities that offer modern twist on cooking. It’s not often I refuse food but this time too much of one thing made me feel 🤢. Great atmosphere,great location just ok food !
One thing Puglia has to its credit is the emerging cottage industry that is gin and olive oil and the very recent observation that Italian cooking is getting modern and sexy.
Late on in the week long holiday we stayed in a lovely apartment hosted by Albergo diffuse – A stones throw from all the action of Monopoli
We even found through chatting to locals that there was a guy who was making gin out of olive oil EVO Gin
Wine 🍷 we bought primitivo a lovely gin (with cinnemon )& negramaro
(All three will be tasted and reported on , i promise )
but here are the links in the meantime
So after a busy week which felt like a 2 week holiday we were ready to return to the uk.
In essence this holiday could be life changing. A lot of love was felt for this region but is this experience mearly just a dream or will we jump off into the unkown , only time will tell. Reading between the lines i think what will happen is that this event contributed to what’s about to happen Enriching the soul ( and I’m not spiritual) is becoming a central part to most people’s lives as we grow ever more stressed at the day to day .9-5
Apologies for short blog this week