3 Best Restaurants in Alberobello, Puglia, Basilicata, and Calabria

Il Poeta Contadino

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There are actually two eateries here, but far superior is the well-regarded Poeta Contadino, which specializes in regional cooking with a creative twist and offers a refined dining experience amid candlelight that casts shadows on ancient stone walls. If you're on a budget, though, the more affordable Osteria del Poeta also serves bite-size traditional dishes.

Via Indipendenza 21–27, Alberobello, 70011, Italy
080-4321917
Known For
  • exquisite seafood and meat dishes
  • stunning vaulted ceiling
  • extensive wine list
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Thurs., Reservations essential

L'Aratro

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Welcoming and rustic, this eatery is set inside adjoining trulli, complete with dark-wood beams, whitewashed walls, and a patio for summer dining. It's a certified Slow Food restaurant, so local ingredients figure prominently in the traditional, often seasonal dishes. Try the antipasto dell'Aratro, which is almost a meal in itself, or the orrecchiete with anchovies and cime di rapa (broccoli rabe)

Via Monte San Michele 25–29, Alberobello, 70011, Italy
080-4322789
Known For
  • diligent use of local produce
  • classic regional fare
  • gorgeous trulli venue
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Reservations essential

Principotto

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For a great-value on-the-hoof snack, pop into this tiny, popular place for filled panzerotti (deep-fried pockets), friselle (crunchy durum-wheat bread), and schiacciatella Romana (pizza-like flatbread). Check the board for daily specials, including meaty ragù sauces and seafood like polpi (octopus) to fill your freshly fried pockets.

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