Gino the proprietor, welcomes you to his restaurant with much kindness and a gentle smile. Inside, with large picture windows overlooking the town of Ceglie, is a quirky and charming scene. A fantasy of woodwork, all his handiwork, and in the centre a huge fireplace, which is lit on chilly days.
The cooking here is excellent, all home made and served with much grace by two waiters who may have been here since it opened in 1972. The house starters feature local dishes and often include 'wild food' which Gino has harvested. Purslane omelette for instance is a typical offering. The cooking remembers the old country ways of using foraged ingredients which thankfully is here being preserved.
Main courses are mainly meat based, I would recommend the rabbit hunter style, although the mixed grilled meat seems perennially popular. There does not seem to be a wine list, the menu is a set price including wine, water deserts and liquors but seems to be very reasonable for the ingredients and kindly service. Visit in springtime and the restaurant is covered in a magnificent
ancient wisteria, whose flowers also make their way into the food.
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