If you want to taste the real flavors of traditional Apulian cuisine, you can not help enjoying a dinner at restaurant Antiche Mura, just a few steps away from the main entrance to the old town of Polignano a Mare.
We have to say it, and we do it immediately, that this restaurant is not meant for a cheap meal: we spent € 40,00 each but the quality of the food and the high standards of the service paid back and let us forget the amount spent.
The location is very warm and classy and the staff extremely welcoming and attentive to your needs. As soon as you sit down, they welcome you with a small appetizer, according to the availability of fresh food of the day. The menu is wide but not infinite and this is a guarantee of good quality; the selection of wines is good. We obviously suggest you a typical Apulian wine: we had a white wine from a local producer called Polvanera. The taste is light and balanced, dry but extremely fresh and pleasant at the same time, perfect for a fish dinner. Concerning the food, I think that whatever you order can leave you speechless, but unfortunately we could order just a few dishes and we’d like to share our impressions with you, so that you know what is “tested” and good!
As a starter we had the “Antiche Mura” starter and a plate of raw seafood. Trust us when we say that dishes are more than abundant, especially the “Antiche Mura” starter, which is rich of typical Apulian food like stracciatella pugliese and burrata (two kind of fresh cheese), roast seafood, muscles with potatoes and many other specialties, all going with the typical Apulian bread, which is very tasty and a little bit salty. Concerning the raw seafood plate, we can just say that there is the best selection of fresh seafood that you can imagine and you can smell the sea coming out! After that we decided to have a main course each and we chose Ciccatelli ai Frutti di Mare con Purè di Fave, which is a typical short pasta with seafood and mashed broad beans: simply delicious! The other one was Tagliolini Neri, Seppie e pane soffritto, which is a long pasta with squid ink, garnished with squids and going along with a plate of fried bread cubes, which are supposed to be added to the pasta dish, according to your will: we could never imagine that such a good dish may exist! Last but not least, we had a dessert and we decided to have something typical, obviously: Sporcamus, which is a mille-feuille with whipped cream and abundant powdered sugar on top, which inevitably makes your face white (in the Apulian dialect, sporcamus means “something that makes your face dirty”)! The second one was a kind of chocolate cupcake, proudly served on a high glass cakestand. At the end of the dinner, the owner personally offers you some chocolate and liquors.
We enjoyed this magic dinner, while the staff was always very careful and attentive to our needs: they constantly kept an eye on our table to check if we may need anything, but without being pushing or oppressive.
What we really appreciated about the restaurant and its staff, was that they always recommended for the best and not to sell us food forcedly. As a matter of facts, at the very beginning we wanted to order second dishes, too, but the owner suggested us not to do it and to order half portions for the main courses, because we couldn’t eat everything and it’s never too late to add something more. Luckily we listened his suggestions and we managed to fully enjoy the whole meal!
We definitely recommend it!