Traditional regional cuisine is revisited with fresh, local ingredients and contemporary flair at Osteria Piga. Antipasti options include the likes of tuna carpaccio with olive oil, lemon, salt and pepper or sharing boards of local cheese and chutneys, and first courses include plenty of fresh, handmade pasta dishes like tagliatelle with bacon, mushrooms and Mornay sauce made with local Manduria wine. The second course menu features plenty of hearty meat-based dishes like beef tagliata with black truffle cream, while Osteria Piga’s irresistibly indulgent desserts change on a daily basis.
Osteria Piga, Via Don Lorenzo Milani 21, Polignano a Mare, Italy, +39 080 424 8751
With a menu that has the best organic, seasonal fare the Apulia region has to offer, MINT Cucina Fresca is perfect for foodies looking for a true taste of local produce. Opened in 2013 by owners Liu, a native of Brazil, and Fabrizio, from northern Italy’s Trento Alto Adige region, MINT Cucina Fresca’s cuisine takes in plenty of global influences. Though it’s menu is constantly evolving, guests can expect healthy dishes like chickpea veggie burgers and cauliflower couscous with avocado, mushrooms and teriyaki tofu.
MINT Cucina Fresca, Via San Benedetto, 32, Polignano a Mare, Italy, +39 080 424 1373
Trattoria and pizzeria Casa Mia’s focus is regional Apulian cuisine and traditional local recipes served up in homely, yet chic, surrounds. Celebrated Apulian chef Leonardo Amoruso crafts a tempting menu typified by locally sourced produce and seasonal fare, with hearty pasta dishes that include taglioni with shrimp and sea urchin or gramigna paglia e fieno with sausage and porcini mushrooms. Though for more casual eats, Casa Mia’s range of Neapolitan-style pizzas are perfect.
Casa Mia, Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi 38/40, Polignano, Italy, +39 389 125 5461
Nestled on the edges of Polignano a Mare’s pretty beach, Fly is an undeniably scenic spot to try its signature Mediterranean cuisine and creative cocktails. Combine starters like mussels au gratin or stuffed calamari with tomato sauce with bigger plates including barley, wheat and spelt salad with seafood or sausage with creamed fava beans and red onion, and wash down with a refreshing cocktail or two. Try the Hemingway Special (with rum, maraschino, lime juice and grapefruit juice) or the signature Fly (with vodka, triple sec, orange juice and kiwi syrup).
Fly, Via Comite Fanelli 2, Polignano, Italy, +39 333 758 7503