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Recommendations in Puglia?

Le Botteghe, thanks. And when I said the Sassi area I meant the restaurant was in the old town of Matera which they call the Sassi, with all the cliff dwellings. We all had different types of meals - mine was an ensalata misto that had tomatoes that were hard and pulpy and a boring mix of iceberg lettuce etc. I could have been in Canada in the winter! Dressing to be mixed yourself. My meat dish which was what I understood they are known for was the lamb dish from the middle part of the menu and it was the toughest, boniest pieces of strong tasting lamb (mutton?) I've ever had, and left me with a bad aftertaste. No one else enjoyed their meal either for similar types of reasons. The service was extremely slow for the initial order as well as getting the bill but all the food came pretty quickly, all on top of each other. Maybe a really bad night? Osteria Pico on the other hand, the night before, made us feel special from beginning to end. The mixed salad had a lovely dressing on it, the pastas were all very simple but incredibly tasty, my friend had a steak dish that he loved, the waitress was adorable, and we had their house Primitivo which was amazing, and 5 huge glasses came to $20E! After our dinner at Le Botteghe we dropped in on our way back to the hotel and they were packed, and I was able to tell the owner through a translator how wonderful we had thought his restaurant was.

Sep 26, 2012
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Recommendations in Puglia?

I was just in Puglia on a bike tour and wanted to add a restaurant we discovered in Matera, in the Sassi area. It's called Osteria Pico on Via Fiorentini, and we had a lovely meal there, one of the best of the whole trip. We also went to La Bottegha down the road from Pico based on recommendations in another thread on here, but it was absolutely awful - not one of our party of 6 had a satisfactory meal. Le Zie in Lecce was fantastic, but as it's tiny you should book ahead.

Sep 25, 2012
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