Time for five more Abruzzo restaurants which we can happily recommend to you.
As with the other ten already blogged, the usual advice to treat the price guide as just that – a guide. The prices I mention are roughly what the two of you would pay for a couple of courses each; a litre – or bottle – of house wine; water and coffee.
Cantina del Tripio, Via Tripio 101, Guardiagrele. 0871 83072
“Quirky” is the word that sums up the Cantina. The Mamma of owner Nicola does the cooking and what’s on offer on any given night pretty much depends on what she feels like preparing – which Nico will then dutifully recite to you. So no menu. And even what’s bubbling away in the kitchen can be adapted to how you’d like it, so this really is eating like an Italian. The food’s very good. The surroundings are a soothing pale blue. And it’s not expensive. About €45.
Il Bosco della Meraviglie, Via Nazionale 77, Selva di Altino. 872 985765. Closed Monday.
Our nearest good pizzeria, but maybe not quite as good as the slightly further away Il Ghiottone blogged last time. But the Bosco’s still an excellent choice. World and European Pizza Champions in 2005 no less. Had a bit of a dip in form in 2008/9, but have since bounced back extremely well with a revamped menu of red and white pizzas; some exceptional pasta dishes – gorgonzola and fresh pomodorini is utterly sublime – and a majestic, if pricey, Bistecca Fiorentina, served with all the bells and whistles and appropriate ceremony. Usefully, open for lunch – but, last time we went, for pasta and meat only. Pizza/Pasta about €30. Meat about €50+
La Vecchia Collina, Via Santa Lucia 92, Sant’Eusanio del Sangro. 0872 757198
If you want the full-on, genuine, no-holds-barred Abruzzo eating experience, this is the place to come. The Vecchia Collina is an agriturismo that makes absolutely no concessions to non-Abruzzese. Fizzy and still mineral water, red wine, fizzy lemonade – and one glass apiece – appear on your table within seconds of you arriving. Then antipasti in heroic and unending number. You may not like a few of them. But you’ll enjoy most. Then pasta. Then char-grilled meat. (But you can opt-out of the food blitz any time you like). Then bottles of digestivi arrive. Help yourself. Quite small. Highly friendly. Very well run. Jammed every night. Must book. About €40
Taverna 58, Corso Manthone 46, Pescara. 085 4515695. Closed Saturday lunch and Sunday.
If you’re having a day out in Pescara, this is the place to go for lunch when the city closes between 1300 and 1600. In one of the two surviving streets in Pescara’s old town, Taverna 58 is a much-loved Pescara institution. A restaurant since 1980 – but for many years before that, a bar – this is where you’ll eat from a menu that hasn’t really changed much since the opening. And prepared by pretty much the same kitchen staff too ! Split levels; lots of photos and other memorabilia on the walls; and tables tucked here and there give a cosy, intimate feel. A favorite of local business people – but decidedly unstuffy. There’s a daily fixed-price lunch menu – or eat a la carte. From about €45.
Il Cavaluccio. Torino di Sangro Marina. 0872 60196
A hugely enviable position at the sea’s edge with an in-your-face view of one of this coastline’s iconic trabocco fishing platforms, the Cavaluccio’s a bit of a victim to its own success in high summer, when an outside eating area added to an already spacious interior can lead to creaky service and the occasional dip in quality. Especially good for lunch – arrive early and grab one of the window tables. Good fishy antipasti and especially good house pasta too. And you can take it for granted the fritto misto will be up to scratch as well. As with all Adriatic fish restaurants, check what’s not on the menu for any specials. About €50
That’s fifteen good places to eat now listed – proof positive that you can come here for a fortnight and eat out somewhere different every day of your Abruzzo holiday !
More suggestions soon…