Dinner in a Sea Cave. Live Your Italian Dream.

palmareiandmeDinner in a sea cave; no windows or ceiling; the ocean breeze wafting about as you listen to the waves crash on the rocks. This is the seaside town of Polignano a Mare in Puglia. The restaurant Grotta Palazzese is definitely a tourist attraction with over priced food – but it is well worth the price for the experience. We dined a bit early by Italian standards and were treated to the most prized table located on the edge of the cave, overlooking the ocean. For accommodations, we did not stay in the hotel associated with restaurant but rather in the neighboring town of Monopoli – a short 10 minute car ride from Polignano a Mare.  I had seen this restaurant in a Facebook post of all places and just decided to make it a priority on our trip last October.  I’m glad I did.

17 Comments

  1. Oh, that is too fantastic. Let’s see more pix!

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    1. That’s a good idea. I can make a photo gallery.

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  2. I never ate there. I went in several times to take photos:-) cool post

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    1. Thanks Michael. I would go again….. didn’t want to leave!

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  3. I ate there last May! Pulignano is charming and the food in Puglia was some of the best I’ve ever eaten. You are the only person I know who has been to Monopoli! We need to connect!

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    1. I would love to hear your story!

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  4. What a fab idea, more pics would be great!

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  5. Puglia is my home away from home!:) Never been to Polignano! Thanks for the experience!:)

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    1. Prego. Where in Puglia do you stay?

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      1. Lecce or Otranto, I studied at Universita’ di Salento:)

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      2. polignano al mare:) piacere….

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  6. Believe it or not, I’ve never been to Puglia. This restaurant makes me want to go now!

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    1. It’s an amazing place. I was there for two weeks at the end of September 2013. Do it!

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  7. I’ve been to Grotta Palazzese, and yes, it is one of the most incredible places to go in Italy, without a doubt. The price of the restaurant is worth it for this memorable experience.

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    1. I totally agree!! Sill awestruck…

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  8. EmilyAnn Frances

    What an experience. But what do they do at high tide? Or is the cave far enough not to be affected?

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