Ostuni summer guide 2023. What to to, the best restaurants and bars, the best beaches near Ostuni. Insider advice and tips to Ostuni by the Puglia Guys.

Sophisticated and stylish, poetic and timeless. Ostuni rises up from the rolling olive groves that surround it, a gleaming white oasis, framed by Puglia’s endless blue sky. With a vibrant bar and restaurant scene Ostuni is one of the most popular stops for visitors to our region. Loose yourself in its nooks and crannies as you explore the tangle of narrow streets and stairways of the centro storico. Its central location makes Ostuni the perfect home base for venturing into the Valle d’Itria and beyond.

On top of that, Ostuni is where we are based and meet up as a team over the summer months. We know it well!

In this Guide:

Ostuni’s la porta blu. By the Puglia Guys. The most popular selfie spot.

The choice of dining experiences in Ostuni during the summer season seems endless. Excellent restaurants and chic bars are tucked away in the maze of medieval alleys, arches and stairwells of the old town that shoot out from via Cattedrale and wind around the duomo and the old town walls.

While bad food is hard to find some restaurants offer better value than others. Many restaurants regularly recommended on travel forums are recommended by tourists and visited by more tourists, even though locals would not eat there. The food and dining experience may be good, but if it is comparatively overpriced without any added value, we haven’t included it.

We eat where locals eat and we pay for all our meals and review anonymously.

Ostuni Bistrot | restaurant

Family run restaurant serving traditional local dishes, offering good food and great value. Osteria Ostuni Bistrot is our favourite Ostuni lunch spot. We are regular visitors and always take visiting friends.

The restaurant is located adjacent to the main piazza (📍Piazza della Libertà, 5) with a larger seating area on the main piazza. There is also a comfortable, air-conditioned inside seating area. We usually walk-in, without booking. But in summer, we will ask them to hold a table for us when we are passing by.

The seating area on the piazza is next to the seating area of another restaurant called ‘Petit Bistrot’ (Codice a Barre). Do not confuse one with the other. Ostuni Bistrot is where we want to eat (📍Ostuni Bistrot seating area). Their menu looks like this:

Ostuni Bistrot menu, April 2024

Pinsa | Unlike traditional pizza, which can be heavy and greasy, a pinsa is a lighter version perfect for lunch.

Pinsa, the “new” Italian pizza that’s suddenly taking the rest of the world by storm. Photo The Puglia Guys for the Big Puglia Guides.
Amatriciana pinsa, Ostuni Bistrot.
Pinsa, the “new” Italian pizza that’s suddenly taking the rest of the world by storm. Photo The Puglia Guys for the Big Puglia Guides.
Bufalina pinsa, Ostuni Bistrot.
Pugliese pinsa, Ostuni Bistrot. Cime di rapa is a bitter green, and while the bitterness is set off – slightly – with sweet peppers, it does come through. The sausage is delicious!

Taglieri | A charcuterie style sharing board. Generous and perfect as a shared appetiser for 3-4 people. If you want to change the balance of one of the boards for more vegetarian or meat choices, consider ordering one or the other with a side of polpette or bruschettoni.

Grandioso taglieri, Ostuni Bistrot.
Ostuni summer guide 2023. What to to, the best restaurants and bars, the best beaches near Ostuni. Insider advice and tips to Ostuni by the Puglia Guys.
Grandioso taglieri, Ostuni Bistrot.
Vegetariano taglieri, Ostuni Bistrot.
Vegetariano taglieri, Ostuni Bistrot.

Bruschettoni | Smaller than bruschette, a crisp and light starter.

Bruschettoni pugliese, Ostuni Bistrot.
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Bruschettoni delicata, Ostuni Bistrot. Grilled aubergine, cherry tomato and stracciatella cheese.

Insalata | Polpo and patate (potato and octopus) salad.

Polpo e patate insalata from Ostuni bistrot, ostuni - highly recommended bu the Puglia Guys Eat Puglia Guide to Puglia’s best restaurants.
Polpo e patate insalata, Ostuni Bistrot.

Antipasti | To nibble on we sometimes order polpette (traditional deep-fried bread and veal meatballs, light and crispy). The parmigiana is also delicious. Fave e cicoria (a fava bean puree) is not always on the menu, due to its seasonality. But you could always ask, as it is a great vegetarian option.

Polpette di Nonna Cecca, Ostuni Bistrot.
Fave e cicoria, Ostuni Bistrot.

Pasta | In summer we often have the orecchiette alla crudaiola, a lighter pasta dish with fresh tomato and topped with cacioricotta cheese. Eat it inside, or outside.

Ostuni summer guide 2023. What to to, the best restaurants and bars, the best beaches near Ostuni. Insider advice and tips to Ostuni by the Puglia Guys.
Orecchiette alla crudaiola, Ostuni Bistrot.
Orecchiette alla crudaiola, Ostuni Bistrot.

Orecchiette al pomodoro is served in a traditional tomato sauce. The orecchiette alle cime di rape is perhaps Puglia’s most traditional dish. Cime di rape (often translated as turnip tops, though in fact they more closely resemble tenderstem broccoli albeit bitter and with a softer texture) is a bitter green. The Ostuni Bistrot version is not as bitter as some we have tasted.

Orecchiette alle cime di rape, Ostuni Bistrot.

Spaghettoni and cozze (mussels) is another dish we visit often. Don’t ask for Parmesan with it – you will be politely told that the cheese overpowers the delicate seafood! Riso, patate e cozze is a traditional Bari dish with a comforting double carb hit of layered potato and rice, with mussels.

Spaghettoni and cozze, Ostuni Bistrot.
Riso, patate e cozze, Ostuni Bistrot.

The lasagne is firm. ‘Maritato piatto unico’ is orecchiette pasta with polpette (meatballs) and braciole (thin slices of beef stuffed with prosciutto, pecorino, garlic, and herbs) slow cooked in a tomato sauce. It always blows us away.

Lasagne, Ostuni Bistrot.
Maritato piatto unico, Ostuni Bistrot.

Paccheri al tonno rosso is a lighter pasta dish especially good in the summer.

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Paccheri al tonno rosso, Ostuni Bistrot.
Cotoletta al patate, Ostuni Bistrot.

Secondi | The cotoletta al patate beats any cotoletta we have had in Milan. Fritto dell’Adriatico has prawn and calamari from the Adriatic, fried light and crisp.

Fritto dell’Adriatico, Ostuni Bistrot.

The grilled octopus is equally delicious. We usually finish our meal with the panna cotta – al caramello is our favourite topping.

Grilled octopus, Ostuni Bistrot.
Panna cotta, Ostuni Bistrot.

Al Solito Posto – Ristorante Pizzeria

Ostuni’s best pizza. Highly rated by locals. Great desserts.

Via Cesare Braico, 37 | Al Solito Posto website

Casa San Giacomo | restaurant

Located in the heart of the centro storico, just off the main road to the duomo, about half-way up. Traditional home cooking in a typical Ostuni cellar setting with vaulted ceilings.

Casa San Giacomo, Ostuni. Discover Puglia’s best restaurants with e Puglia Guys guide to Ostuni’s best restaurants.
Mezze maniche pasta with rocket pesto, almonds and ricotta cheese mousse 12 € | Casa San Giacomo

Our favourite spot for dinner, but be sure to book from June – September. Serving the recipes of Nonna Rosetta who used to cook in the kitchen with her sister. But sadly she passed a few years ago. The restaurant is now run by her grandson.

Casa San Giacomo.
Casa San Giacomo.
Broad bean puree blended with chicory and friggitelli 10 € | Casa San Giacomo.

Dinner for three, including the coperto cover charge, three starters, mains and coffees, two bottles of water and two bottles of a moderately expensive wine cost us €153.

Tagliolini with purple shrimp tartare, lemon-basil stracciatella and crunchy black chickpeas 16€ | Casa San Giacomo.

And yes, Madonna booked the whole restaurant to celebrate her 63rd birthday.
€€ – €€€

📍Via Nino Bixico, 4
+39 328 138 8457

Gabó | restaurant, lounge bar

Although it isn’t for locals (the price is relatively on the higher side, especially the coperto (cover) at 5€ per person and drinks – 5€ for 0.75l water, 7€ for 0.40cl beer, 5€ for Coke Zero, 9€ for a glass of wine), the food is excellent, the service friendly and the setting one of the nicest. Choose a seat in the cool, garden shade. On one of the panoramic terraces or inside.

Tastefully decorated and accented with Nicola Fasano ceramics from Grottaglie (the “Coffee & More” English language branding on plates seems at odds with the location, but this is the trading name of the restaurant and the plates were commissioned).

They have an excellent policy of not allowing smoking at the tables on the terrace outside, so your meal isn’t spoiled by smoke coming from a neighbouring table. There is a smoking area by the main entrance.

The food is a little more expensive that we usually pay, but the food is excellent and the portions are generous, so we consider Gabó good value when it comes to the food. The coperto is one of the most expensive in Ostuni at 5€ per person, but the olive bread we were served was freshly baked, warm and delicious. The service was unhurried and relaxed.

Booking for lunch, dinner or even cocktails recommended.
€€ – €€€€

📍Via Gaetano Tanzarella Vitale, 36
+39 328 271 1189

Osteria Monacelle | restaurant

Good local food in the heart of Ostuni’s old town.

Polpette on the menu at Osteria Monacelle, as featured in the Puglia Guys guide to Puglia’s best restaurants.
Polpette di manzo | Osteria Monacelle.

Osteria Monacelle is one of our dependable dinner choices when we eat out in Ostuni. They serve typical regional dishes consistently well.

If fave with cicoria and octopus are on the menu the chances are that they will be appearing on our table.

Monacelle has three eating areas. The narrow alleyway outside the restaurant, the main dining space which is the second door up, at street level where the outside menu is located, and the upstairs area which the first door that you come to walking up the hill.

Osteria Monacelle, Ostuni. Photo by the Puglia Guys.
Osteria Monacelle.
Osteria Monacelle, Ostuni. Photo by the Puglia Guys.
Chocolate bread with gelato, Osteria Monacelle.

The main dining space is adjacent to the main kitchen, too hot in summer. The upstairs area is (slightly) cooler, with fewer tables. You won’t find yourself near the bathroom which sometimes happens with a table for two downstairs. We find the alleyway seating area too narrow for privacy, with many passers by on a summers evening.

From June – September booking is recommended to avoid a long wait, or being turned away.
€€ – €€€

📍Via P. Vincenti
+39 083 133 4212

Caffè Fanelli Bistrot | bar

Coffee, lunch and aperitivi. The best value Aperol Spritz on Ostuni’s main piazza.

Aperitivo, Caffè Fanelli Bistrot.

Our favourite spot for people watching, morning, anfternoon and evening. We go there for a coffee and pastry, or a later morning or afternoon/evening aperitivo. We love the crema al caffè on a summer morning.

Crema al caffè from Caffè Fanelli Bistrot, Ostuni. Deliciously wet and saucy. Photo the Puglia Guys from the Puglia Guys Ostuni Guide.
Crema al caffè, Caffè Fanelli Bistrot.
Pasticciotto pastry from Caffè Fanelli Bistrot, Ostuni. Deliciously wet and saucy. Photo the Puglia Guys from the Puglia Guys Ostuni Guide.
Pasticciotto, Caffè Fanelli Bistrot.

We are big fans of their home made lasagne – a must if you like your lasagne on the wet side, with plenty of sauce.

Lasagne from Caffè Fanelli Bistrot, Ostuni. Deliciously wet and saucy. Photo the Puglia Guys from the Puglia Guys Ostuni Guide.
Lasagne, Caffè Fanelli Bistrot.

Fanelli cook their lasagne like we do – with prosciutto layered between the sheets of pasta and ragù.

Lasagne from Caffè Fanelli Bistrot, Ostuni. Deliciously wet and saucy. Photo the Puglia Guys from the Puglia Guys Ostuni Guide.
Lasagne, Caffè Fanelli Bistrot.

They also have a nice plate of orecchiette alla crudaiola. A lighter pasta dish with fresh tomato topped with grated cacioricotta cheese from Puglia, perfect in summer.

Orecchiette crudaiola from Caffè Fanelli Bistrot, Ostuni. Deliciously wet and saucy. Photo the Puglia Guys from the Puglia Guys Ostuni Guide.
Orecchiette alla crudaiola, Caffè Fanelli Bistrot.

Fanelli is our preferred aperitivo spot. Their Aperol Spritz is served with a tris, a typical snack on the side. All for €5,90. The best value Aperol Spritz on Ostuni’s main piazza.

Aperitivo at Caffè Fanelli Bistrot, Ostuni. The best value aperol spritz on Ostuni’s piazza. Photo the Puglia Guys from the Puglia Guys Ostuni Guide.
Aperol Spritz aperitivo, Caffè Fanelli Bistrot (€5,90).
2024 price €5,90.

On the other side of the Sant’Oronzo column, only 10 metres away at Casbah expect to pay 15€ for the same. The only difference in price we can ascertain is for Casbah’s chic lounge bar surroundings.

📍Piazza della Libertà, (2 Corso Cavour) | €-€€

Borgo Antico Bistrot | bar

For aperitivo. Spectacular views over the olive groves to the Adriatic and a reasonably priced Aperol Spritz.

The view from Borgo Antico Bistrot.
Aperol Spritz, Borgo Antico Bistrot.

You might think given its prime location this would be an overpriced tourist trap, but fortunately not. A wonderful spot to pause after walking to the top of the old town, on the eastern side of Ostuni.

The view from Borgo Antico Bistrot.

📍Via Fina, 8 | € – €€

Asso di Spade | panzerotti to go

Asso di Spade, Ostuni for take away panzerotti.

Panzerotti are one of Puglia’s epic street foods. Like a calzone pizza, only better! Asso di Spade has some great daily specials including nduja, gorgonzola and guanciale as well as classic tomato and mozzarella. Hits the spot!

Panzerotto, going, going, gone!
Daily specials at Asso di Spade Panzerotti take away.

📍Via Benedetto Cairoli, 1 | take away | €

Gelaterie | for gelato artigianale

Gelato, Caffè Garibaldi, Ostuni.

Bar Biancofiore (📍Corso Giuseppe Mazzini, 79) is a local favourite, known for its gelato. Flavours are limited to between 10-16 but that’s hardly a compromise! On the few times we have passed by and popped in, we found the gelato not to be as smooth as we usually find. There were many ice crystals as if it had part defrosted and frozen again.

However, we were in no doubt about the excellent gelato at Ciccio in Piazza Ciccio Pastigel Ostuni (📍Via Armando Diaz, 66). It’s just a little out of the way for visitors focussed on the old town. But it is certainly worth a visit, not just for the great gelato, but also its pastries.

Caffè Garibaldi on the main piazza (📍Piazza della Libertà, 52/53) has one of our favourite flavour combinations. Fondente, a deep dark chocolate, and amarena is a particularly spectacular combination. Caffè Garibaldi is our spill over lunch spot if we can’t get a table at Ostuni Bistrot. They have good pizza and they do a version of spaghetti all’assassina, but it is a variation on the classic crunchy, burnt version. Using spaghetti that is already cooked, it is more like a spaghetti all’arrabbiata.

Gelato from Gelateria Borgo Antico at the top of Ostuni’s historic centre.

Alternatively head to the top of the centro storico. After the duomo and just beyond Arco Scoppa for the Gelateria Borgo Antico (📍Gelateria Borgo Antico).

Ostuni outskirts

Masseria Moroseta | fine dining

Masseria Moroseta featured in the Puglia Guys guide to Puglia’s best restaurants.
Masseria Moroseta, Ostuni.

A modern take on traditional dishes in minimal surroundings. Expensive, but exceptional dining. A short drive from Ostuni en route to the main highway. Fixed menu, price on booking (booking essential, the restaurant fills up well in advance).
€€€€€

📍Contrada Lamacavallo snc, 72012 Ostuni
+39 338 18 99 199

Trattoria Il Cortiletto

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Orecchiette al sugò, il Cortiletto, Speziale.

Good food in modest unassuming surroundings. A short drive from Ostuni en route to the main highway.
€€

📍Via Lecce 91, 72015 Speziale
+39 080 481 0758

Carovigno | 8km from Ostuni

Nearby neighbour Carovigno punches well above its weight with fantastic bars, restaurants and a really intimate old town. From a family run trattoria to a Michelin starred restaurant on the main piazza, and from a sizzling hot Naples pizzeria to an amazing Braceria grill restaurant (a speciality of the region), it has a top choice of places to eat at.

Where we avoid

RICCARDO caffè

You will find this on the far side of the old town, on Via Gaetano Tanzarella Vitale, 61 just along from Osteria Del Tempo Perso.

Offering aperitifs and cocktails in a cave setting with a trendy outside seating area marked by beanbags up and down the stone steps, beware of being overcharged and paying for unexpected extras. We pointed out that it was not permitted to charge more than the menu price, required to be displayed by Italian law. We were refunded but in what we considered a very aggressive, confrontational and threatening manner, we were ultimately asked to leave, and escorted off the premises.

Osteria Del Tempo Perso

When we visited we were disappointed with the quality of the food, which we found overpriced and very ordinary. This restaurant is often highly recommended by tourists for its traditional cuisine. The majority of its customers are tourists, who recommend it to other tourists. It would be unusual for locals to eat there.

Casbah Risto Café

Trendy bar just off the main Piazza adjacent to Sant’Oronzo’s column. A prime location but with matching premium pricing. At 15€ the most expensive Aperol Spritz on the piazza. Do not sit there without checking out the prices first! Just 10 metres away on the other side of the column, at Fanelli an Aperol Spritz served with snacks costs much less than half the Casbah price!

More | for reviews and thoughts on other Ostuni restaurants, bars and eateries, check out our #EatOstuni Guide.

This is our insider guide to Ostuni’s best and best value bars and restaurants for eating out in Ostuni.

2. Life’s a beach | the best beaches nearby Ostuni and beyond

Ostuni summer guide 2023. What to to, the best restaurants and bars, the best beaches near Ostuni. Insider advice and tips to Ostuni by the Puglia Guys.
Pilone beach, Ostuni

The stretch of the Adriatic coast from Bari south has more rocky coves than the endless strips of sandy beach you will find on the Ionian coast. Nevertheless there are some fine sections to enjoy, especially around Ostuni.

Savelletri

Long stretches of sandy beach. Many private lidos with loungers, umbrellas, bars and restaurants but fewer free public beaches.

📍Savelletri Beaches SP90, 72015 Fasano (BR).

Torre Canne

Long stretches of public, sandy beaches. Popular with families and sports enthusiasts, there is canoeing and kite surfing.

📍Spiaggia di Torre Canne, Via Eroi del Mare, 72016 Tore Canne, Fasano (BR) to Lido Morelli.

Pilone

Sandy beach, popular with residents of the camping and touristic villages nearby, who often arrange for residents’ beach club activities for kids, so it can get noisy!

📍Spiaggia di Pilone, Torre Pilone, Ostuni, Via mare Adriatico, 72017 Ostuni (BR).

Torre Pozzelle | Lamaforca

Small sandy beaches in rocky coves, surrounded by pine forest. Both are popular with the families who stay in the nearby camping touristic villages. 

📍Spiaggia di Torre Pozzelle | 📍Spiaggia di Lamaforca, Contrada Lamaforca, Ostuni.

Specchiolla

A selection of public beaches and private lidos. Approach from the south-eastern end from the highway Specchiolla exit. Usually we can find free parking along the way, but there are pay car parks by the lidos.

📍Specchiolla public beaches, Carovigno.

Punta Penna Grossa (Torre Guaceto)

The family friendly end of Torre Guaceto. Extremely popular, but you need to park in the not so nearby pay car park at the north entrance parking area for the Torre Guaceto nature reserve (by the Meditur Village) and take the shuttle trolly train (around 4 mins each way with waits up to 15 minutes).

Torre Guaceto (Punta Penna Grossa) by the Puglia Guys for Ostuni Beach Guide

Punta Penna Grossa, Torre Guaceto.

Public Parking

The municipality has set up free car parking spaces along the 17km stretch of coastline along Ostuni’s territory, to protect the amenity by discouraging off road parking elsewhere. Please use the car parking provided!

More beach | 50 of Puglia’s best beaches

Puglia has some of Italy’s finest coast. In 2023 it was awarded 22 bandiera blu awards for the water quality of its beaches, the most in Italy outside the Italian Riviera.

Check out our insider guide to 50 of the best beaches in Puglia.

3. La città bianca, Puglia’s White City | what to see and do

Loose yourself in its nooks and crannies as you explore the tangle of narrow streets and stairways of the centro storico.

From the Piazza della Libertà (main town square), with the baroque obelisk of Sant’ Oronzo (la colonna), along the Via Cattedrale up into the old town to the duomo, under the Arco Scoppa, to the selfie at La Porta Blu.

Our insider guide to Ostuni includes details on what to see and do in Ostuni, including where to park in Ostuni and instructions on using the pay and display parking machines, where to find the best value Aperol Spritz on Ostuni’s main piazza (and where to avoid one of the most expensive in Italy).

https://www.gaypugliapodcast.com/mainguides/ostuni
Ostuni summer guide 2023. What to to, the best restaurants and bars, the best beaches near Ostuni. Insider advice and tips to Ostuni by the Puglia Guys.
Ostuni summer guide 2023. What to to, the best restaurants and bars, the best beaches near Ostuni. Insider advice and tips to Ostuni by the Puglia Guys.

4. The best time to visit Ostuni

The city is at its most vibrant over summer when visitors swell Ostuni’s population from around 32,000 to over 100,000. We joke that in Puglia we only have two seasons: summer, and not-summer! Fortunately the ‘summer’ season is a long one. It starts in spring for Easter, and lasts through until the end of October.

From the end of October until the start of Easter, many bars and restaurants in and around the old town stay closed. During this period options for eating out – especially during the daytime – will be very limited. Although February is carnevale time, many of the bars and restaurants that are for local residents take an annual holiday, sometimes up to two weeks. After Ash Wednesday February can be particularly fallow month.

Ostuni summer guide 2023. What to to, the best restaurants and bars, the best beaches near Ostuni. Insider advice and tips to Ostuni by the Puglia Guys.

5. Aperitivo time | the best value Aperol Spritz on Ostuni’s main piazza

Ranging from 4,90€ to 15€, be careful where you choose to sit for your Aperol Spritz on Ostuni’s main piazza! Around the square Italy’s favourite aperitivo is served with a small ‘tris’ – a selection of 3+ small bowls from the following: olives, crisps (US chips), taralli, savoury crackers and peanuts. 

Prices as at April 2024.

Best value Aperol Spritz on Ostuni’s main square, piazza della Libertà. The cost ranges from €4,90 to €15 a glass.
The best value Aperol Spritz on Ostuni’s main piazza comes in at 4,90€ with tris, at Caffè Fanelli. Across the square the same will set you back 15€ at Casbah!

6. Day trip planning and road trips from Ostuni

Ostini is perfectly positioned as a base to explore the Valle d’Itria and beyond. From Ostuni Cisternino, Locorotondo, Alberobello, Monopoli and Polignano a Mare are all within easy distance, as also Lecce and some of Salento’s best beaches.

Check out the Puglia Guys essential Puglia day trip and road trip guide to plan your schedule from an Ostuni base.

7. Adding value to your Ostuni vacation

Experience a local pizzica night, in-villa home cooking, and ‘stray’ local to avoid overly touristy areas, for a slower pace of life that is typically Puglian.

8. Eating in | food and wine shopping

Delicatessen and supermarket

For small scale shopping, try the charming and friendly Chjanga de L’ora Bottega & Bistrot, run by Kattia. It is newly opened. They have a small selection of fresh fruit and veg, some wines and other essentials. They also have a small deli counter for cold cuts, cheese and bread. They also have hot and cold food to go. They can make a delicious panino, fresh to order (choose your meats, and filling). They also offer hot food, pasta to take away. In the morning they have a selection of breakfast pastries. 

Chjanga de L’ora Bottega & Bistrot convenient, friendly and just behind the piazza della Libertà.
Terra Nostra Salumeria e asporto Ostuni

Along Corso Giuseppe Mazzini you will find Terra Nostra Salumeria e asporto Ostuni in similar style.

A local Despar supermarket is located at Via Armando Diaz, 17. Usually open between 08.00 – 13.30 and 17.00 – 21.00 (Sunday 08.30 -14.00).

If you want to stock up on food we recommend supermercato Famila, Via Pietro de Laurentis (on the main Ostuni ringroad). This is Ostuni’s largest supermarket, and a favourite with locals and summer visitors. They have great fresh fruit and vegetable, bread, cheese, fish and meat counters, as well as regular supermarket goods. They stay open during the afternoon.

Forno 31 is a fantastic nearby baker, perfect (especially in the morning) for fresh baked bread, focaccia and other daily oven baked treats. Vicolo G. Ferrari, 6.

Forno 31, Ostuni

Wine

An exceptional range of Puglia wines at reasonable prices can be found at Enoteca Vini di Puglia wine store adjacent to the Famila supermarket. It’s where we shop for almost all our wines. They are closed during the afternoon pausa. Because they only stock wines from Puglia they don’t have Prosecco. Moinetto bio suits us well (around 9€). You will need to get this from Famila. 

Under 20€
Under 30€

However we recommend d’Arapri spumante from San Severo in Gargano (around 18€). On special occasions we but the Gran Cuvée (28€).

Other wines we regularly buy from there include:

Under 8€
Negroamaro is one of Puglia’s best known wines
Fiano (white), under 9€
Nero di troia, under 14€
Salice salentino, under 8€
Under 14€
Negroamaro, primitivo, Nero di Troia, all under 14€
Negroamaro, under 8€

The prices referenced are from Enoteca Vini di Puglia, as at March 2023. All of these wines are very good, and are the wines we have at home. We have never been disappointed.

Ostuni summer guide 2023. What to to, the best restaurants and bars, the best beaches near Ostuni. Insider advice and tips to Ostuni by the Puglia Guys.
Ostuni summer guide 2023. What to to, the best restaurants and bars, the best beaches near Ostuni. Insider advice and tips to Ostuni by the Puglia Guys.

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  1. Buongiorno,

    Vorrei il vostro consiglio per favore. Vogliamo venire in Puglia per 10 giorni ad Aprile. Pensiamo di stare in due posti. Cerciamo due belli alberghi, uno vicino il mare. Grazie per il vostro aiuto.

    1. Ciao. This guide has all our thoughts on where to base yourself depending on your requirements (sea, city, countryside and whether you have a car or rely on public transport).

      Ciao. In questa guida sono raccolte tutte le nostre riflessioni su dove alloggiare a seconda delle vostre esigenze (mare, città, campagna e se avete un’auto o vi affidate ai mezzi pubblici).

      Enjoy!

      https://www.pugliaguys.com/where-to-base-yourself/

    1. All summer long the various towns and cities have their Patron Saint festivals. The most impressive and famous is Scorrano known for its light and sound show. This is part of the civil celebrations, which includes a food festival. Side by side there are religious parades and celebrations. People visit from all over the world for Scorrano.

      https://www.hdsalento.com/luminarie-del-salento/

      As we said, these take place across Puglia all summer long. As do the sagre food festivals. We explain what they are in this article:

      https://www.gaypugliapodcast.com/mainguides/foodfestivals/

      In July there will be:

      Patronal Feast of Santa Domenica in Scorrano (LE) in Puglia
      Feast of San Vito in San Vito dei Normanni (BR) in Puglia
      Festa Madonna del Carmine in Tuglie (LE) in Puglia
      Feast of the Madonna del Carminein Apricena (FG) in Puglia
      Patronal feast in honor of the patron saints Vito and Vincenzo in San Vito dei Normanni (BR) in Puglia
      Historical parade of S. Margherita in Latiano (BR) in Puglia
      Sagra te lu ranu in Merine (LE) in Puglia
      Sagra ta Turre in Ugento (LE) in Puglia
      Country festival Maria SS. Di Mellitto with floral floats parade in Grumo Apulla (BA) in Puglia

      Among the other events held in July in Puglia are:

      Palio dei capatosta – the challenge between the districts in Mola di Bari (BA) in Puglia
      Tango Festival in Trani (BA) in Puglia
      Pizzica in festa in Sternatia (LE) in Puglia
      Assaprà Festival in Corato (BA) in Puglia
      Festival Music Mundi in Grottaglie (TA) in Puglia
      Summer Massafra Carnival in Massafra (TA) in Puglia
      Wine is Music in Grottaglie (TA) in Puglia
      Festa te la uliata in Caprarica di Lecce (LE) in Puglia
      Festival of Lecce pasticciotto and Mediterranean flavors in Surano (LE) in Puglia
      Summer Putignano Carnival in Putignano (BA) in Puglia
      Troia Teatro Festival in Troia (FG) in Puglia

      One of our favourites is the Coreutica festival, which is a celebration of pizzica, the music and dance of Salento. Again, combined with food, there are dance and music workshops, and free exhibitions and performances. It also includes street dancing for the public:

      https://youtu.be/omnCyTiyFNQ?si=bquCOo9uV3OPnrYE

      In due course info for 2024 will be added to their website:

      https://www.worldmusicacademy.it/coreutica-2023/

      Hope that helps.
      LuigiMax

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