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Review of Masseria Il Frantoio

Masseria Il Frantoio
Ranked #6 of 217 Restaurants in Ostuni
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $32 - $64
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Between different aromas and flavors, like the different seasons, Puglia’s kitchen steps forward like a lightweight dance between earth and sea. Among the white stones and an always tempered climate, its food, today as yesterday, reveals to be a real pleasure and a beauty cure. A delicate maneuvering took us years, to disclose the trick of the ancient dishes the women used to prepare for their husbands, coming home from hard days of work on the fields. The recipes are actualized according to our creative taste, but they guarantee that connection with tradition that astonishes and satisfies. A kitchen with female cooks at “0 Km” and not with chefs, because the nourishment of the body and the soul are the task that require the precision and the sensibility of a woman and of a mother..The dishes are prepared every day with the products of the farm: from the citrus grove of the 17 century we obtain the fruits for the jams; with the durum wheat in addition to the famous bread from Puglia we prepare by hand many types of pasta; along the trails of the estate, among the centuries-old olive trees and the dry-stone wall grow asparagus, tassel hyacinth, pumpkin, sprout of butcher’s broom, artichoke, legumes and “wild chicory”; from the vegetable garden behind the dining room the herbs. It won’t happen to eat the same things twice, not even if your stay lasts two weeks. Every day there is the taste of discovery with which ‘Il Frantoio’ conveys the typicalness of the harvest through the creative taste of the kitchen. Seated in the restaurant, with the stone vaults and floors, next to the fireplace, it might happen to you to get orzotto (made with pearl barley) with pumpkin and sprout of butcher’s groom, wild artichokes cooked in wine and tassel hyacinth with orange honey or laganari (type of fresh pasta) with filled tomatoes or maybe lamb with potatoes from the crock pan. All of this irrigated with excellent wines carefully selected form the best producers of Puglia. A lunch or a dinner at the “Frantoio” is concluded with one of the 35 different liqueurs prepared in the Masseria, but be careful to not miss the one flavored with olive leafs, it is unique in the whole world!During the summer months this theater of culture and gastronomy moves in the open air, in the central courtyard and as a guest said one day: “We are in a painting”*Open also for external guests
Richterswil, Switzerland
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4 reviews
“Can't wait to go again!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2013

What an experience! We arrived in this Masseria in the middle of nowhere late in the evening. Just surrounded by olive trees we found ourselves in a beautiful old property filled with character. The owner, Giuseppe, took us around and gave us a bit of history of the place then took us to the restaurant - family run - where we had one of the best gastronomic experiences we've ever had. Their charm and high standard cuisine made our evening a very special one. I highly recommend the place which we found out has also rooms to rent. We are looking very much forward to be there again.

Visited September 2012
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Denver
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138 reviews
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“Excellent dinner and lunch”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2012 via mobile

We stayed for three nights at the Masseria and booked dinner for Saturday night. Although they were not serving a strictly vegetarian meal, they made my meal vegetarian. ( many of the courses were meatless anyway.). Everything was excellent and served very beautifully with several wines included. It was an excellent opportunity to taste a variety of Puglian dishes. The masseria takereveal reservations from outside guests when they have space. We also had lunch the day we arrived. One of the courses was puréed fava beans. I had this dish with mussels. I had the fava beans in several different restaurants in Puglia, and this was by far the best. They use the olive oils that are made on the masseria for many of the dishes and point out which are which. The food is a bit expensive, but worth it. The dining room is also quite lovely. As an aside, we loved the coffee there. It was the best of anyplace we stayed in Italy.

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Dartford, United Kingdom
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“A Fabulous Dining Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2012

If you want to have a really memorable Puglian experience you should book a meal at the Masseria Il Frantioio. We had a fabulous evening there - excellent food and good company in a beautiful environment
We arrived early for our meal so that we could have a tour of the property at which the owner, Armando, pointed out many of its features including the organic herb, vegetable and fruit gardens – they even have bananas!
After the tour we were taken to our table to await our meal which comprised eight courses of delicious Pugliese dishes, all made from organic ingredients grown at the masseria, and accompanied by good quality local wines – we had white, rosé and red. As each course arrived at the table, a clear explanation of each dish, including the ingredients used, and the accompanying wines were given.
At the end of the meal we received as a memento the evening’s menu; the menu changes daily to reflect the ingredients in season
This was a really memorable experience – much more than a meal – and will definitely be revisited!

  • Visited September 2012
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“Food of Michelin star quality but not at Michelin prices.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2012

Every reviewer has said it already. Heavenly place that understands first class hospitality and food. We were in Puglia in October so emailed some weeks in advance to ask if we could have lunch there. Fast response saying when we get to Ostuni to ring and check when they were serving lunch and dinner. Turned out to be Friday lunch, Saturday dinner, Sunday lunch. €59 per person including wines, water and coffee. Although there was a group of talkative Americans on a cycling holiday, those coming to lunch, as couples or family groups had their own table. (No community eating at one large table). The owners have perfected things to such an extent that everyone was in raptures about the food and how things were done.
A perfect place for a weekend break in early autumn but you don't have to stay to eat here and if you do it will be a meal to remember for a very long time.

  • Visited October 2012
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Campinas, SP
2 reviews
“the best of Italian cooking!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2012

Tutto. Ogni piatto una scoperta! I would love to take cooking classes with Sig.na Rosalba. What she does with the simplest of vegetables is unbelievable. Since we were staying at the Masseria, we had the option of eating there or elsewhere - we never hesitated!

Visited September 2012
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