Another Five Top Abruzzo Restaurants

As promised, here are another five personally tried-and-tested restaurants near Villasfor2 where you’ll enjoy eating out on your holiday. The usual caveat to treat the guide price for two with caution. The endless variety and choice of an Italian menu and the choice of food available,  means you can have  just one course – or several. Which in turn means your bill can be lower – or higher – than suggested. In general though, the price guide I’ve given is for a couple of courses each; a litre of house wine; water and coffee.

La Bottega dei Miracoli. Piazza Garibaldi 14, Sulmona. 0864 212055
Sulmona is a lovely old town a couple of hours to the south-west of us, reached by a drive through some of Abruzzo’s most spectacular scenery. La Bottega’s a great place for a lazy summer lunch, sitting outside under a big shady umbrella with great views out onto the Piazza Garibaldi and Sulmona’s encircling mountains. It’s one of the very nicest places we know where to eat outdoors. Service is friendly; pasta and meat dishes a distinct cut-above regular trattoria fare; and prices reasonable. About €55

The lovely terrace at the Villa Maiella restaurantVilla Maiella. Via Sette Dolore, Guardiagrele. 0871 809319. Closed Monday. Must book
This is where you go locally for that special meal – especially for lunch in summer, when you can sit outside on their lovely shady terrace with views of the Majella National Park. Rather elegant and smart – but friendly too, as you’re greeted with a glass of Prosecco on the house. The food here is a modern take on traditional Abruzzo cooking – and delicious. The lamb prepared in five different ways was to die for. Wine list has some stratospheric prices – but many good, fairly-priced bottles too. About €90

La Lumaca. Via delle Caserme 51, Pescara. 085 451 0880. Closed Sunday
‘La Lumaca’ means ‘the snail’ – a good name for a restaurant that’s a member of Italy’s renowned ‘Slow Food’ movement, formed in the mid-1980’s as a reaction to the ever-growing trend for ‘fast food’. Smart interior; food good – esp the cheese-tasting platter – and a really entertaining setting, in the last surviving fragment of Pescara’s old town, which positively hums each evening. About €70

Locanda La Quercia. Via Quercia del Santissimi 16, Piane d’Arche. 0872 898468. Closed Tuesday
One of the better local agriturismi, with the tried-and-trusted agri fare of plentiful antipasti; good pasta; and char-grilled meat. As with all agriturismi, everything you eat will be home-produced. In winter, sit by a huge fire in the ‘old’ part of the restaurant, drink rough red wine and just enjoy the experience. About €40

Dal Ghiottone. Via Passo Lanciano, Piane d’Arche. 0872 896430
How can you fail to love a place to eat called ‘The Glutton’ ! Just about half-a-mile away from La Quercia, reached across a disused railway line and housed in a former church, this is what every Italian pizzeria should be like. Buzzy atmosphere; checked table-cloths; and a wood-fired oven in a corner of the restaurant turning out the best pizzas in our immediate area. Very good pasta too, should you ever want a change. And have an order of Olive Ascolane to nibble while you choose from the 30-odd pizzas on offer. Exceptional value as well. About €30

Five more recommended Abruzzo restaurants coming soon…


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