Osteria PIGA is a typical restaurant that tourists can hardly find, being not in the city center of Polignano a Mare, but it definetly deserves a drop-in!
Being a characteristic Italian osteria and not a restaurant for tourists, here you will have the chance to eat some amongst the best dishes of the area, taste the real flavours of Apulia and eat something different from the mass food.
If you go there during winter, you’ll eat in the main room, which is typical of Italian osterias, where the walls are covered with stones and wood; a nice fireplace will keep you warm. During summer, you’ll have the possibility to eat out, on a nice patio.
One of the first things you will notice, will surely be the professionailsm and cordiality of the owners and of the whole staff: the waiter/owner is a kind of “living menu” and he helps you to choose the best dish for you and the most appropriate quantity you may be able to eat, according to what you order! We liked this aspect a lot, because we find it very honest and professional.
If you are the kind of person, who does not get scared with quantities, we suggest you to get the PIGA starter, which is a selection of cold cuts, cheese, vegetables and other delicacies, that the chef prepares and change every day. If you decide to go for this starter, you’d better choose between pasta or meat. If you decide to have both, you may not be able to eat all. If you would like to follow our suggestion, we had Tagliatelle al Primitivo di Manduria, speck e funghi, which is a dish of pasta with a typical Apulian wine, speck and mushrooms: it is simply delicious and very tasty. We also had Gnocchetti PIGA con straccetti di filetto, pomodorini pachino, rucola e pecorino romano: gnocchetti is a kind of pasta made with potatoes and this dish is topped with fillet strings, tomato, arugola and sheep cheese.
After this, we really wanted to order some meat, but we were overwhelmed with food and we couldn’t go further! Luckily, the owner advised us at the beginning, so we didn’t waste our money in ordering something that we weren’t able to eat! 5 stars to the owner’s suggestion! Anyway, we heard that meat at PIGA’s is really good, so just give it a try if you have enough space in your stomach!
By the end of the day, this is a perfect restaurant, if you want to eat something different and typical, with a very good price/quality ratio and where you can eat in a cheerful and soft environment.
Three things are to be noticed:
_they serve meat based dishes only
_they also offer a menu for celiacs
_it is closed on Wednsdays