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New Favorites in Campania and Puglia

New Favorites in Campania and Puglia

I’ve decided to take a new approach.  Not doing my usual write-ups or itineraries, but adding lots of places with a very brief explanation, but most importantly putting them on the map.  

Antonio Giardino is a terrific baker in Campania, worth a visit especially for his bread and sheet pizza.  
Panificio Pompilio Di Giardino & Grasso, Via Cardito 41, Ariano Irpino AV, tel. 0825891075

Terrific traditional inexpensive trattoria in the Irpinia area of Campania.  
Osteria dei Briganti, Via IV Novembre 5, Scampitella AV, tel. 082793572

I can’t survive without Vito Santoro, most skillful and super-simpatico driver with an evolved palate who’s traveled, wined and dined with me for years.  I call him the Vitometer—if he doesn’t like a place we rarely return.

Traditional trattoria in Campania. 
Locanda Valleverde Zi’ Pasqualina, Via Pianodardine 112, Atripalda AV, tel. 0825-626115

Pastry shop in Campania with fantastic wine selection.

Great (and inexpensive) agriturismo farm-stay restaurant in Irpinia, Campania, with wild vegetables and special chickens

One of my favorite pastas, in Campania—Gemme del Vesuvio.

Another fantastic pasta in Campania—Pastificio dei Campi.

Mozzarella di Bufala in Campania—Barlotti.

Wonderful unchanged trattoria from the di Pietro family in Campania. 
Antica Trattoria di Pietro, Corso Italia 8, Melito Irpino AV, tel.0825472010

Chef Daniele Luongo, who worked at my most adored restaurant L’Oasis, now has his own place outside Benevento, in Campania. 
Locanda della Luna, Piazza C. Bocchini, San Giorgio del Sannio, tel. 3200478609

Aquapetra Resort and Spa, in Campania, is a most attractive, secluded place for pampering and relaxing. The food and wine are first-rate.

Terrific trattoria with fantastic wines around the corner from the family Gastronomia in Cerignola, Puglia. 
Hostaria u' Vulesce, Via Cesare Battisti, Cerignola FG, tel. 0885425798

Tuccino fish restaurant overlooking the sea in Puglia.

My favorite pizza in Naples is at Enzo Coccia’s La Notizia—there are 2, due to popular demand.  And a third featuring deep-fried pizza, La Montanara, is about to open nearby.

Another great pizza place, in the heart of Naples, is Concettina ai Tre Santi.

Fabiana Mattozzi and her husband Mario have moved their traditional trattoria to a central location in Naples.

One of the world’s greatest pizzas is made by the man I call Dr. Dough.  Pepe in Grani is worth a pilgrimage for true pizza obsessives like me.

Antichi Sapori in Puglia.  Fantastic vegetable garden and trattoria that cooks from it. Visiting the garden is a must

Cool bar-trattoria in Bari, Puglia with a super fish store around the corner, Pescheria S. Rocco.

Also in Orsara di Puglia, my favorite bread oven, straw-burning, dating from 1526 (wow!) in Italy, Pane e Salute.

Ambitious restaurant of Felice Sgarra that I like in spite of its odd choice of name, in Andria, Puglia.

Trattoria Antica Locanda in Noci in Puglia—try the fig must (mosto di fichi) on deep-fried grape hyacinth (lampascioni).
Via Spirito Santo, 49, 70015 Noci BA, Tel. 0804972460

A’ Cr’janz - Terrific trattoria in Puglia with unpronounceable name in Putignano

Sea urchin lovers will be in heaven at the aptly named Oasi del Riccio, right on the beach in Puglia

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