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“Cliff top restaurant”
Review of Porta di Basso

Porta di Basso
Ranked #12 of 106 Restaurants in Peschici
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Oakham, United Kingdom
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424 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
“Cliff top restaurant”
Reviewed July 4, 2013

We asked at the hotel for a good fish restaurant and this one was recommended. It is in the old town and on the cliff top. There are 4 tables on the small sheltered terrace overlooking the sea, two more inside also with sea views and several others, all with crisp table linen and a lamp on the outside tables. The water and chef spoke English and an English menu was provided on request. To start I had carpaccio of red snapper with oli and lemon which was decorated with a sprinkling of dried flowers. Served raw it was delicious but I felt needed bread which, unusually, was not provided. (We asked at the end of the meal and the waiter apologised as he forgot). After this I had cavatelli, 'pesche azzurro', tomato and fennel which again was well presented and very tasty. The desserts also were well presented and enjoyable. My husband had chocolate mousse with kiwi and bitter orange, which although not what he had ordered was nevertheless very pleasant. I had bitter orange sorbet which had melted slightly. Petits four were served with tea and coffee. The waitress wore trainers, the waiter had noisy shoes, the music was low key and unobtrusive. A good restaurant serving well cooked and presented food and not the usual tourist fare. We paid 89 Euros which included a bottle of wine, water - no charge.

  • Visited June 2013
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Milan, Italy
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1,363 reviews
901 restaurant reviews
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“Great meal on an incredible terrace. Memorable”
Reviewed June 28, 2013 via mobile

We were the only customers sitting on the terrace overlooking the rock and the sea. And a lovely meal very refined. What a treat! Will be back

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank nicolas s
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews
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“Eat dinner here”
Reviewed June 20, 2013

Porta di Basso was the best restaurant in town. Great food, fresh fish, great wines, not too expensive and the greatest people we met in Italy.

Visited June 2013
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Thank Timothy S
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London
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264 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 252 helpful votes
“At last – a culinary experience in Italy!”
Reviewed June 6, 2013

The restaurant is perched on the precipitous cliffs with unsurpassed views over the Adriatic.

The chef, renowned Domenico Cilenti, created an untypical Italian eatery with food that is actually refreshingly creative and very tasty rather than serving the usual mundane fare of its brethren elsewhere in the village. Gourmet quality really. And no surprises there as Mr Cilenti was trained outside of Italy, in Switzerland. Probably a Michelin star in some not too distant future.

Staff were friendly and attentive, particularly cheeky Maurizio. They were happy to offer suggestions as to the local wine – their choice turned out to be excellent.

It is more expensive than other places, but really worth it.

So you have the best of both worlds in one place, superb views as well as great food.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Globetrotter008
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Oslo, Norway
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5 reviews
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“Great location but the food was not very special”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

Fantastic view from the balcony. The service was good, but the waiters could have been more attentive. I had the tasting menu (about 45 eu) It was all nice food, but honestly i expected more considering the price and the hype. I had a better meal at La Taverna at a fraction of the price.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank Kristine D
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