Italian Food & Restaurants – Abruzzo Style!
We’re an Italian foodie paradise ! If you stayed here a month and ate out somewhere different every night, you’d have hardly scratched the surface of the huge variety of Abruzzo restaurants on offer.
In our area, there are no ‘tourist restaurants’ serving indifferent food at high prices. Instead, you’ll rub shoulders with the locals, enjoying Abruzzo food and wine at terrific value for money.
Our Favourite Abruzzo Restaurants – A Real Taste of Italy!
A personal selection to whet your appetites…
Our Favourite Local Places
That’s easy. Lu Piccione – about 10 minutes away – is where we regularly go for especially good home-made pasta and house red wine. Family-run, with owner Paolo a warm and welcoming host and his wife Adda and son Matteo in the kitchen. Most of our guests have eaten here – many of them more than once !
Also near us you’ll find char-grilled meat – and pizza – at Il Diavoletto (their jumbo, home-made sausages a highlight here !)
Our Favourite Place for a Bargain Meal
Again, no contest. Just head down the hill to La Bucaniere. They do an amazingly good-value 2-course lunch or dinner with a choice of pasta and main courses; plus wine, water and coffee for €10 a head. The quality’s excellent; portions are generous; and locals – and our guests – all love it.
Our Favourite Pizzeria
Though there are many local choices for pizza, our own favourite is Parco della Majella. Sit in the white-washed main dining room; or in a smaller sideroom and watch your pizza being made; or in summer, outside in the garden. A friendly welcome; a proper wood-fired pizza oven – and perfect pizzas with a thin, crispy crust.
Our Favourite Gelateria
Only one contender here. The amazing Copa de Dora, the only place we know in our area that still makes their own ice-cream. In addition to the usual 20 or so regular varieties, each summer they bring out a special range of different flavours. The bitter chocolate and orange – and pink grapefruit – of recent summers were outstanding. Great value too – and worth the summer queues !
Our Favourite Agriturismo
An Agriturismo can best be described a ‘a farm restaurant’. Everything you eat and drink will be home-produced; there are rarely any menus; quantities are lavish; and the value is unbeatable. Our best local choice is the delightfully-named Amore Mio, which only opened in the summer of 2012, but is already a firm favourite.
And for a full-on taste of the real Italy, La Vecchia Collina, near Lu Piccione, makes no allowances for non-Abruzzese tastes, but is definitely worth a visit if you’re adventurous !
Our Favourite Seafood Restaurant
A couple of great choices: La Sirenella (on our nearest beach around 30 minutes away) has an enviable position at the very edge of the sea, with a big, umbrella-shaded terrace that’s the perfect place for a summer lunch. Or a little further away is La Kantina. No views here as it’s tucked away in a little side street near the beach, but the food is especially good.
Our Favourites – Further Afield
Where to start ? Top trattoria Da Paolino on the fringes of the Majella National Park. The quirky Cantina Trippio, where there’s never a menu and you’ll get what the owner’s Mamma feels like cooking. And Taverna 58 and La Lumaca, where you’ll find traditional Abruzzo cooking.
Our Favourite Special Occasion Restaurants
The Villa Maiella is the place for birthdays, anniversaries and celebrations. Smart, stylish and with Michelin-starred cooking, featuring local produce and updated traditional Abruzzese favourites. This is a particularly good choice for lunch in summer, when you can sit outside on their terrace with its sweeping views over the Majella National Park.
Our Favourite Abruzzo Restaurant
We’ve been eating at Ai Vecchi Sapori since we first arrived in Abruzzo in 2007 and we still love it. The setting’s perfect, with part of the kitchen presided over by chef-patron Davide, actually in the restaurant.
Here you’ll find ‘slow food’ – an Italian answer to the ‘fast food’ culture – with main-course braised meat the luscious speciality. The antipasti and pasta, (you can have two or three little tasting portions if you like), are terrific; the ambience friendly and relaxed; and we always leave with a smile.
Can’t ask for much more really.
The Abruzzo Restaurant Dress Code
There isn’t one. Wear whatever feels comfortable. Only possible exception in places we’ve eaten is the Villa Maiella, where the style is smart/casual.