10 Things to eat in Ostuni and where

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Ostuni is a beautiful city in Puglia, also called the white city, because of its white houses that stand out against the blue of the sky. A city that inside combines culture, history, nature and fun, an ideal destination for all types of travelers.

And obviously, finding us in Puglia, you cannot help but discover the ancient culinary tradition of this city and of the whole region. A cuisine that combines dishes from the Apulian countryside and seafood dishes for its proximity to the Adriatic. On the tables the dish of excellence is undoubtedly the orecchiette, then you will find a lot of fish, cheeses, vegetables, wine and olive oil, the basis of all the recipes, a fundamental ingredient.

Ready to find out more? Here's what the 10 things to eat in Ostuni and where!


  1. Orecchiette
  2. Apulian panzerotto
  3. Dryers
  4. Cavatelli with chickpeas
  5. Mashed broad beans with wild chicory
  6. Eggplant 'cu llagghia' nculu
  7. Focaccia with Apulian onion
  8. Friselle with tomato
  9. Cartellate
  10. Almond dried figs
  11. Where to eat in Ostuni: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Orecchiette

We can only start this little list with orecchiette, famous traditional Apulian recipe known throughout Italy and also abroad. The name derives from their shape, in fact they resemble small ears and to prepare them they are used exclusively durum wheat flour, water and a pinch of salt. Even today they are made by hand and following the tradition.

La more traditional recipe are the orecchiette with turnip tops, but they are also found in other variants, always excellent and tasty, as with the simple tomato sauce, with broccoli and sausage and other vegetables.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 8,00
  • Main ingredients: hard wheat flour, water, salt

2 - Apulian Panzerotto

It is another typical specialty of Puglia and that you absolutely must not miss in Ostuni! It is about half-moons of leavened dough filled with stringy mozzarella and tomato and then fried, perfect to be eaten at any time.
For a small break in the mid-afternoon, for a quick lunch while visiting the city, for dinner as an appetizer.

The classic filling is tomato and mozzarella, but there are many other variations, one tastier than the other: with meat, with turnips, with various vegetables, with mortadella, with peas and many others. You will find it really everywhere, in fry shops, restaurants and even in traditional bakeries and ovens.

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: € 2,00 per piece, depending on the filling
  • Main ingredients: flour, water, salt, tomato, mozzarella

3 - Taralli

When we talk about Puglia on the food and wine level, there is a typical specialty that immediately jumps to the center of the discussion: we are talking about the unmistakable taralli. It is a typical bakery product and it was included in the list of traditional Italian food products (PAT).

Perfect to eat on any occasion, from aperitifs to lunches and dinners, or as a snack. There really are many variations, from salty, to spicy and up to sweet ones! There is plenty of choice: from the classic savory ones to the sweet ones with sugar, from those with pizzaiola to those with fennel seeds, from onion taralli to those with chilli, without forgetting those with chocolate, with egg white and rosemary.

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: € 2,00 per pack
  • Main ingredients: flour, extra virgin olive oil, white wine, salt

4 - Cavatelli with chickpeas

Among the most famous and authentic first courses, we certainly find this first ideal to fight the winter. It was once a valid alternative to meat, too precious and expensive, as chickpeas are rich in protein.

The cavatelli are a fresh pasta with a mixture of hard wheat semolina and water, in some cases potatoes are also used. They have an elongated shape, with a kind of hollow inside, reminiscent of a shell.

  • Recommended to: lunch, dinner, breakfast, snack, always
  • Average cost: € 8,00
  • Main ingredients: cavatelli, chickpeas, tomato, onion, extra virgin olive oil

5 - Mashed broad beans with wild chicory

It's a poor dish, with few ingredients, but at the same time tasty and complete, a must try! You will find it on the menu of many restaurants and clubs.

In this ancient recipe, handed down from generation to generation, the protagonists of the dish are dried broad beans and wild chicory. The beans are cooked until they come apart and become a puree, while the chicory is cooked with a whole leaf so that it can then be rolled up with a fork and dipped in the broad bean purée.

  • Recommended to: lunch, dinner, breakfast, snack, always
  • Average cost: € 13,00
  • Main ingredients: dried broad beans, wild chicory, extra virgin olive oil, two cloves of garlic

6 - Eggplant 'cu llagghia' nculu

It is a quick recipe, which is prepared in a short time, with very few ingredients but very substantial. The protagonist is obviously the eggplant, which comes filled with garlic and parsley and subsequently cooked in simple olive oil. With this basic preparation, its flavor will be completely enhanced.

Eggplant is a fundamental ingredient in the Apulian culinary tradition and is used in a lot of recipes! Just to name a few: the Apulian eggplant parmigiana, stuffed aubergines (pasta, vegetable), eggplant meatballs, aubergine cream and many others.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 12,00
  • Main ingredients: aubergines, garlic, parsley, extra virgin olive oil

7 - Focaccia with Apulian onion

In Puglia there is focaccia with onions, the one that everyone knows and everyone loves! Suitable for any occasion: for parties, to eat on Sundays with the family, to take it with you during an excursion or during a day at the beach.

It is a focaccia stuffed with onion, very often also olives, substantial and very good. The preparation takes some time and is not easy, as the onions have a fairly long cooking and it is important to roll out the focaccia dough in the correct way.

In this recipe the onion is enclosed between two layers of dough which is pierced at the top with a fork. The result is a kind of savory pie with a special flavor that we recommend you try.

  • Recommended to: lunch, dinner, breakfast, snack, always
  • Average cost: € 8,00
  • Main ingredients: flour, water, extra virgin olive oil, onions, olives, tomatoes

8 - Friselle with tomato

It is a large tarallo made of durum wheat flour and cooked twice to make it crunchy. In the past, they were used to replace bread when the latter was missing, as they can be kept for much longer.

Really tasty, they are ideal for when perhaps you don't want to cook or you need to prepare a quick lunch: you take a frisella, wet it with a little cold water and season with tomato, basil and a drop of oil.

  • Recommended to: lunch, dinner, breakfast, snack, always
  • Average cost: from € 4,00 per pack
  • Main ingredients: 00 flour, fresh brewer's yeast, water, salt, tomato, basil, oil

9 - Cartellate

These sweets are mainly related to religious holidays and each country has its own variations. Its origins are really very ancient: a rock painting was found in Bari that depicted a cake, which was given as a gift to the Goddess of the earth, similar to the cartellate.

It is sweets with a shape that recalls that of a rose, of thin paste fried. The dough is very simple, made up of flour, sugar, oil and white wine. The most traditional way to eat them is to dip them in vincotto, figs or grapes.

  • Recommended to: breakfast, snack
  • Average cost: € 1,50
  • Main ingredients: flour, vincotto, dry white wine, extra virgin olive oil

10 - Almond dried figs

It is a simple dessert, with very few ingredients, once inevitable in the homes of the poorest families, because it is nutritious, low cost and with a long shelf life.

It is dried figs that are stuffed with one or more toasted almonds. Once cooked in the oven with the almond inside, are immersed, still hot, in a terrine with vincotto (or rum), sugar and chopped chocolate. They keep for 6 months.

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: from € 3,50 per pack
  • Main ingredients: dried figs, toasted almonds, chocolate, sugar

Where to eat in Ostuni: best restaurants, typical bars and street food

Ostuni is a city rich in culinary traditions and the recipes are an incredible combination of flavors. And of course, there is no shortage of places to enjoy all the dishes described above and many more! And trust me, in Ostuni every lunch or dinner break will be a real one-of-a-kind experience: you will find yourself in beautiful terraces hidden among the white houses or in old caves brought back to life by creating inside rooms in which to eat. Not to mention the small bars with terraces overlooking the most beautiful views of the city, perfect for having an aperitif in company, perhaps at sunset. Here are the restaurants that you cannot miss:

1 - Osteria del Tempo Perso

  • Description: located in the historic center of Ostuni; room in an ancient cave of the '500, with also a room-museum; offers traditional Apulian dishes, with genuine and local ingredients
  • specialty: orecchiette, pan of cardoncelli mushrooms in bread crust, sea bass baked in foil
  • Average price: from € 30,00 per person
  • Address: via Gaetano Tanzarella Vitale, 47 - Get directions / tel: 0831 304819

2 - Osteria Piazzetta Cathedral

  • Description: located in the historic center, in a wing of the ancient castle of Ostuni; room with cross vaults and marble floors, offers traditional dishes with a creative touch
  • specialty: crisscrosses of fresh pasta with redfish filling, catch of the day, local meats
  • Average price: from € 35,00 per person
  • Address: largo Arcid Teodoro Trinchera, 7 - Get directions / tel: 0831 335026

3 - Osteria Don Quixote

  • Description: located in the historic center of Ostuni, in an environment of other times; offers customers fixed price menus of land or sea, with traditional Apulian dishes
  • specialty: panzerotti
  • Average price: from € 20,00 per person
  • Address: piazza Giacomo Matteotti, 24 - Get directions / tel: 333 1447247

4 - The Next Seat and the Well of Wishes

  • Description: located in the historic center of Ostuni; one of the most renowned clubs in the city, a romantic location with a beautiful terrace; offers traditional Apulian dishes and excellent pizzas
  • specialty: meat cube with divine negramaro
  • Average price: from € 30,00 per person
  • Address: via Gaetano Tanzarella Vitale, 25 - Get directions / tel: 0831 303320

5 - Kidra Pub

  • Description: located in the historic center of Ostuni; quaint pub located inside an old cave; offers classic dishes such as panzerotti sandwiches stuffed with local specialties; also ideal for an aperitif
  • specialty: stuffed cereal rolls
  • Average price: from € 15,00 per person
  • Address: via Pompeo Patrelli, 15 - Get directions / tel: 392 0496466
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