Puglia Cave Restaurant: A Pinterest Sensation Explored

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From the very moment I laid eyes on the “Puglia Cave Restaurant,” a Pinterest photo-gone-viral, I knew I had to see it for myself. Last night, after traveling across the globe, I finally had the opportunity to explore this dream location first-hand.

Cave Restaurant 2

 The restaurant is part of the Grotta Palazzese Hotel in the town of Polignano a Mare, which is in the Puglia region of Southern Italy.  With a restaurant as captivating as this, one would expect the hotel that houses it, to be in a luxury resort. However, this is not the case. The Grotta Palazzese was a small, mediocre, two or three star hotel. Parking anywhere close to the hotel is an absolute nightmare.


Puglia Cave Restaurant 1

 The restaurant itself is beautiful, given it’s location, but it was missing the enchanting feel that I gleaned from the Pinterest photo. The right music and some candles would have gone a long way in creating the ambiance expected from the photo I saw so many times on Pinterest.  In addition, the staff seemed unhappy and not very welcoming.  A photo can only tell you so much about a place.


Cave Restauarant

 The presentation of the food was elegant and I found the meal to be satisfying enough. Ordering was a bit of a challenge for me, as they don’t provide many vegetarian options; however, they were very accommodating and offered to compose a dish based on my preferences. For anyone who loves seafood, this seemed to be their specialty. It is definitely worth a visit, but don’t let Pinterest set your expectations.


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Puglia Cave Restaurant

In this case, my imagination was better then the reality.




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  • yvonnelaura

    Absolutely stunning!


  • Vanessa Riivers

    Great, honest review. Good for people to know especially if they are coming from across the world to experience eating there.

  • Steven Wine

    Another thing that would help this place is if there was a dress code! You’re in this GORGEOUS setting and the people at the next table are in jeans and t shirts or sweat pants!!!! Just no!

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