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Dream Destination Grotta Palazzese

I thought I would take you all on a virtual tour of the coolest restaurant I have ever been too. Welcome to my dream destination Grotta Palazzese in Polignano a Mare.


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Scanning through Pinterest and dreaming a Saturday morning away, I came across a photo of a swanky restaurant inside a cave. At that moment, I didn’t realize this was even in Italy, nor that I was planning on staying in that exact town on my upcoming research trip. I pinned the photo to my always expanding wish list, wondering what it would be like to be lucky enough to actually dine there.

Fast forward eight months and I am standing in line waiting to be seated at Grotta Palazzese. Now, this was no easy feat. Until recently, reservations were only taken over the phone (in theory via email as well) and they didn’t always answer. Once you have a reservation, you still have to arrive early and queue up in line. The anticipation is palpable.

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The gates open, the crowd starts to buzz and slowly our reservations are confirmed one by one, and we are escorted down a dark narrow staircase to the restaurant. Being the only single diner is often awkward at times, but I was so mesmerized by my surroundings that I had no time to feel uncomfortable. I was star-struck. The atmosphere was unreal, from the grotto and sea views to the violist serenading us from above.

This was the most romantic date I have ever taken myself on, completely worth the wait and the splurge.


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Photo Credit: Grotta Palazzese

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Grotta Palazzese in Polignano a Mare

Where: Located in the Puglia region, in the town of Polignano a Mare.


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Reservations: You can now easily make reservations on-line HERE. Your credit card is requested for confirmations and they will charge 75€ per person for no-show.

Details: Dress up for this, not necessarily suit and tie but you don’t want to be that tourist in flip-flops (yes, there was one).

Website: Grotta Palazzese.


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About the author: Andi Brown

I am passionate about helping people create vacations that are perfect for them through personalized travel planning, itinerary review and small experience focused tours. My services put an emphasis on the experience of Italy, getting my clients away from the tourist crowds and into the heart and soul of the people. I believe in working with family run businesses at great locations with attention to the details. If you can dream it I can make it happen.