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World’s Strangest Restaurant #5: Grotto Palazzese, Polignano a Mare, Italy

“Close your eyes…You are in a cave…” intones the website and rightly so. Ristorante Grotto Palazzese, in Polignano a Mare, Italy, is a haute cuisine restaurant carved out of the limestone caves overlooking vistas lapped by the waves of the blue-green Adriatic Sea. Mmmm…so amore and romantico. The cave is further illuminated by candles and the natural aquamarine reflection of the water, heightening the drama of the atmosphere.  Menu wise, it is pure Italia Exotica and very seafaring: Croquettes of Tuna Tartare, Crunchy Double Cooking Octopus, Seared Scallop, Catalan shell fish salad… all are Michelin-quality crafted meals infused with Italy’s best produce of cheese, tomatoes and a range of herbs and condiments.

 

The drama of the windy cliffs and the rolling sea...very Heathcliff of Wuthering Heights indeed. Pic from Grotto Palazzese
The drama of the windy cliffs and the rolling sea…very Heathcliff of Wuthering Heights indeed. Pic from Grotto Palazzese

 

The restaurant, also called The Summer Cave ─ cos it opens only in the summer, hence its name ─ has been used as a banquet place by nobility since the 1700s. There’s a lot of cultural history imbibed in Ristorante Grotto Palazzese, apart from the food served. Featured pic from Beautiful Life 

 

It couldn’t get more romantic. Pic from Grotto Palazzese
It couldn’t get more romantic. Pic from Grotto Palazzese

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