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Trulli Foodie Puglia-two weeks to eat through!!!

Old May 30th, 2012, 02:48 AM
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I'm still hungry!

Good buy on the Benedetto Cavalieri pasta, which is made in Maglie, near Lecce. I've seen it for prices up to US$9 in the New York City area. It's very good.

Do you remember the price of the lunch at Il Frantoio?
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Old May 30th, 2012, 04:27 AM
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Only three days left, oh no!!
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Old May 30th, 2012, 04:46 AM
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haha, yes we are sad to be leaving jubilad

eks, lunch for two was 118 so by far the most expensive lunch but its definitely a one off experience and includes a lot of wine. Good to know re the pasta, maybe we will stock up

just back from ostuni- lovely place will report on lunch later
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Old May 30th, 2012, 06:24 AM
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So went to Ostuni today and really liked it. It is definitely the queen of the white washed towns of the valle d'itria. We Parked up and grabbed due expressinos with me managing to have a mini Italian conversation with the kind guy behind the bar in a tiny caffe before wondering into the white maze that is the old town.

Now we had driven past Ostuni before and the old town certainly stands out hugh and mighty in the surrounding fields but the outskirts we had happened to drive through (although they seemed to have disappeared today as we came a beautiful back route) had been a little worn and so we hadn't really been in that much of a hurry to return and even considered skipping it. But so glad we came in the end as the old town is very nice and glistering white and lane after lane of whiteness!! We admired the streets and again even the animals blended in, we saw two silver/white cats and a super white pug! The lanes are mostly circular and the cathedral in the centre is a really pretty cream facade-prob my favourite one (its no Lecce detail but i just thought it looked really pretty). The main sqaure just otside the old town was also very nice and a nice place to get some gelato if you fancied it (there were a lot of options for gelato and i vowed to grab one on way back but again never made it!)

We decided to seek out the lunch place our villa owner had recommended. We walked round and round and round and it was nice to venture into little lanes we probably would have missed otherwise, but we could not find it and after 30 minutes gave up. However there had been a little place near the cathedral with a handful of tables out on the white street that we liked the look of so we ventured back. By this point it was boiling and so upon entering the vaulted stone room it was a great belief to have some cool. Despite the pretty tables outside, we decided to stay inside i the cool, which was nicely done is green and white checked tables and pretty pictues of olives trees on the wall. (We had also spotted a photo board outside with dozens and dozens of photos and figured it must be fairly popular going by all the photos) "Sapere & Sapori" was the name of the place and it seemed to be (and i might be wrong) a husband, wife and son team.

http://ristoranti.travelitalia.com/i...sapori-ostuni/

They were very friendly and the menu was short but we enjoyed a perfect little Puglian lunch here and was one of our favourites despite being very simple.

The local crunchy dipped (in something not sure what!) frizze (?!? i think) bread with pomodoro (again i LOVE the tomatoes here!! not sure i love the dipped bread quite so much) followed by a plate of meat and some orecchiette. The sausages on the meat plate were as tasty as you could possibly imagine (this was my partners dish but i soon convinced him for us to share!), super meaty and very richly flavoured and the orecchiette super simple with just a big laden of passata on top and riccotta cheese to spoon on to your liking . Once more (and i know i always say it but its always true!) pasta cooked to absolute perfection!! Hmmmm the meat was a great choice and was just the simplest of meals but perfectly executed. With two glasses of wine, water, a coke and a caffe- 34 euros- bargain!!!

Only 1 evening and 2 days left!!! thats an absolute maximum of 5 more puglian meals
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Old May 30th, 2012, 06:29 AM
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oh no! your trip is coming to a close and that means 4 me no more food fixes each day thru your great foodie report. I think I've gained a few lbs just reading along.

I would love to hear what your favorite meals were and which places not to miss.
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Old May 30th, 2012, 06:34 AM
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hi yes, i no i'm quite sad yep will for sure do a little summary of best places and meals on friday. I swam in the pool for an hour now as it hit me that all that food was going to have an impact!!! arhhhh oh dear- too late!
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Just finished reading with great interest your trip report. We are traveling in Puglia in late June and are very excited about the trip. Thank you for posting such detailed descriptions of your vacation and meals. I have to admit being a bit scared that I will get fat. It will be our first trip to Italy and we will on that leg of the trip be hosted by a friend who lives there and staying in his families vacation trullo. We are not doing any planning for this part, just trusting our host who is very enthusiastic about all that Puglia has to offer. We are spending the first week of our trip in Rome and then 3 days in Sorrento and will be seeing Pompaii and Capri before traveling to Puglia.
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Old May 30th, 2012, 07:45 AM
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Hi Kimbery, thanks for your nice comments, glad you liked the descriptions

I am very envious of you having your whole trip ahead of you

The weather is just getting nice and warm and the sky is super clear. Its a lovely part of italy and will be very different to your time in Rome.We love it here and as you can probably tell love the food!!

Don'w worry about not having much planned- we are very much taking this second week as it comes, we have learned that at this time of year for lunches at least you really don't need to book! and your host sounds like he will take great care of you!

Its a really lovely place (as is capri and amalfi coast!) Haha and am sure you wont get too fat as one meal fills u up so you tend to go easy on the next (evening meals for us have been relatively light), also it being hotter will help too! ordering the antipasti has been our downfall as you get soooooo much

Have a great great trip, rome and southern Italy are some of my favourite places!
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Old May 30th, 2012, 07:50 AM
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Ahhh we have two pugs so would love to see the white one haha - any pics to share with us!!??

Looking forward to picking up the torch and continuing the food extravaganza in our trip report mid June!!!

Sounds like you will be in London for the jubilee?? It's supposed to be warm and dry...fingers crossed!
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Old May 30th, 2012, 11:25 AM
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It had been at least 4 nights since our last Il Tronco pizza and we were craving it again (embarrassingly the head pizza chef now recognises me! its only been 3 times in two weeks, that's not too bad is it- i tell myself that its because i watch the creation of them with such enthusiasm sitting on the little stool at the bar while being roasted alive by the oven next to me! he even refers to me as "ahh inglesa"!). So as a result i haven't got a big outing to talk about this evening, but Il Tronco and its ridiculously amazingly thin tasty pizza is going to be one of the top memories we have of Puglia- it is so so SO good!!

We have just sat in our villa literally "hmmm"ing and "wow"ing for the whole of the 5 minutes it took us to scoff them down and both agreeing 20/20 in the pizza world. Pizzas for years to come will be compared against this place- in all seriousness. This time we went for the marinaro ones (i wasn't aware of this when i ordered but am not complaining as they were yummy), one with fresh anchovy,capers and gorgonzola and one with marinated anchovy, see-through thin peppers, oregano and chilli flakes. I wondered whether it was worth posting about these pizzas again but in the end thought that these pizzas were truly some of the best food we had ever had. We are actually a little sad we will not be able to have them anymore!!

Tomorrow we are having a lazy day by the pool with some more of the scrumptious salami piccante and great puglianese bread and Friday (our last day) will try to make it to Ceglie Mess., seen as we never made it today!
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Old May 30th, 2012, 11:31 AM
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hmm my post reply to jubilda has dissappeared....

yep back on saturday with a few days off before back to work!

glad to know someone picking up the torch- will look forward to cheering you on!

Got loads of photos (including one of pug!!) but not really sure how to post.
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Yay I use http://www.flickr.com/ and picasa (part of google). Hint hint....
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Old May 30th, 2012, 12:10 PM
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hehe jamikins, ok i might be brave and give it ago although i don't have my little lead to attach to my laptop but will try and put something together once home. When are you off (are you travelling around or in one base?)
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Looking forward to seeing the photos!!!

We are heading to le marche for a week staying at this farm/ cooking school http://www.latavolamarche.com/html/

We start by a night in bologna then are driving to the cooking school via Ravenna. Then after a week there we head to puglia where we are staying here for a week http://www.masseriabaroninuovi.it/en/

can't wait!!!
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ah wow you are down in the salento region- this will be perfect for june (in Lecce we saw dozens of post cards for the salento beaches and they looked beautiful, truly! it is on our list to come back to Puglia and in particular to the south. Sanat Maria del Bagna and lecce gave us a feel for it and it seemed lovely. We had planned a trip to Otranto but figured it seemed a tiny bit too far and decided we should enjoy the region we were in and all the great stuff is has to over and come back another time.

Am very envious
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We love where we are in the valle d'itia region and think it definitely warrants a return trip as is so so nice, so maybe we can come a do a week here and then a week further south.

For a first time trip we found having two weeks up here perfect so we could really get to know it and enjoy it at a leisurely pace. We don't often go back to places but puglia is on "the list"
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I've never had pizza with gorgonzolla but it sounds divine.
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we had been thinking of three locales in our two week trip: South, North and Matera. WHat do you think?
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LOVED your report!

thank you so much. leaving for italy (and puglia) in 14 days (not that i'm counting...)
my mouth was watering reading your report.
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