The small, southern Italian town of Alberobello may be best known for its traditional Apulian Trulli buildings, but beyond its quirky, historical architecture lies a whole host of first-rate restaurants. Here we bring you Alberobello’s very best local cuisine, from authentic regional eats to contemporary takes on classic dishes.
Located in a former mill dating back to the 1700s, Casa Nova Il Ristorante delights diners with its signature traditional Puglia cuisine. Start with tempting antipasto like pureed fava beans topped with chicory or zucchini alla Poverella, followed by dishes including orecchiette pasta with tomato and ricotta cheese, or oven-baked lamb served with potatoes. All dishes are complemented by a fantastic range of locally sourced wines from the Puglia region.
Casa Nova Il Ristorante, Via Monte San Marco 13, Alberobello, Italy, +39 080 432 3292
It may be one of Alberobello’s more tourist-oriented joints, but Ristorante L’Aratro nevertheless remains one of the city’s most raved about dining destinations. Choose from sampling and classic menus showcasing typical Puglia cuisine, or opt for dishes from Ristorante L’Aratro’s a la carte menu – orecchiette with local turnip leaves and salty anchovies or veal cooked in wine with figs included.
Ristorante L’Aratro, Via Monte San Michele 25-29, Alberobello, Italy, +39 080 432 2789
Typical of Alberobello’s traditional trullis, Ristorante La Nicchia features a gorgeously cozy dining room and a covered, converted barnyard space which is ideal for a semi-al fresco meal. Seasonal fare based around classic Puglia cuisine is the order of the day, and Ristorante La Nicchia’s locally produced cheeses – among them burrata, mozzarella and stracciatella – make for a perfect introduction to local fare. There are also plenty of local meats, fresh pasta dishes, succulent seafood recipes and a range of deliciously traditional desserts too good not to stay for.
Ristorante La Nicchia, S.S. 172 Dei Trulli Km 33,300, Alberobello, Italy, +39 080 432 2278
Classic southern Italian fare gets a contemporary update at Evo Ristorante. Opt for a degustation menu with wine pairings or Evo Ristorante’s concise but innovative a la carte menu featuring antipasti like venison prosciutto with smoked burrata. First courses include dishes like ravioli stuffed with pumpkin and thyme with a truffle and canestrato cheese fondue, and second courses include options such as beef tenderloin glazed with chestnut honey.
Evo Ristorante, Via Papa Giovanni XXIII 1, Alberobello, Italy, +39 320 848 1230
Il Pinnacolo is nestled on Vi Monte Nero – one of Alberobello’s oldest and most enchanting streets – and offers guests some of the most splendid views of the town’s trulli from its lovely terrace and rooftop garden. Go casual with one of Il Pinnacolo’s delicious pizzas, or opt for typically local Puglia-inspired fare including hearty pasta dishes like orecchiette with tomato sauce, arugula and parmesan cheese.
Il Pinnacolo, Via Monte Nero 30, Alberobello, Italy, +39 080 432 5799
Gelateria Caffetteria Arte Fredda is the place in Alberobello to get your fix of delicious Italian gelato. The ice cream parlor has been one of the town’s most popular destinations for over 20 years and is the perfect antidote during Alberobello’s long, hot summers. Opt for seasonally inspired gelato: during summer you’ll find flavors like grapefruit, sycamore fig and watermelon, while during winter, flavors including roast chestnut, persimmon and gooseberry are available. There’s also classic Italian dessert fare like spumoni and soft ice cream cakes.
Ristorante L’Olmo Bello serves a mix of seasonal Puglia cuisine alongside a range of tasty pizzas and unique, refined Mediterranean dishes. Take a seat in Ristorante L’Olmo Bello’s cozy, stone-clad dining room, or opt to sit outside in the venue’s charming garden. Choose from dishes like trofiette with zucchini strips in monkfish sauce, or risotto with cuttlefish, mussels, saffron and cream of peas, followed by tempting desserts like bignolata with strawberries, kiwi and pineapple.
Ristorante L’Olmo Bello, Via Indipendenza 33, Alberobello, Italy, +39 080 432 3607