Eat Puglia | The Trouble With A Tasting Menu

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Eat Puglia | A Menu to Taste?

Over the last couple of years we have seen a few restaurants introducing a “tasting menu”. It suggests a chance to sample a variety of typical cuisine. A wide variety of bite size portions giving a real taste of Puglia, offering choice at value for taster size portions?

Think again.

A Tasting Menu Case Study #1

For those who are sceptical and consider the “tasting menu” is an opportunity to profit, we offer this, Ostuni’s most recent tasting menu.

Paragon700 restaurant tasting menu

 

Alternatively you can eat in and around the old town, at restaurants who regularly serve up traditional ingredients and cuisine, at far less ambitious prices.

Cicinedda Fruit Bistrot, Ostuni

5€

Cicinedda Fruit Bistrot, Ostuni

6€

15€

That’s 3 full plates for 26€, leaving 34€ for more food, or wine, or desert. Enough for dinner or lunch tomorrow. And take our word for it. These plates are full of flavour, cooked and served with passion, and with attention to service.

A Tasting Menu Case Study #2

Bros., Lecce: We Eat at The Worst Michelin Starred Restaurant, Ever“

“There is something to be said about a truly disastrous meal, a meal forever indelible in your memory because it’s so uniquely bad, it can be deemed an achievement. The sort of meal where everyone involved was definitely trying to do something; it’s just not entirely clear what.“

The Antidote to Tasting Menus

This menu, 4 courses, with 5 dishes served up, and including wine. A restaurant consistently rated for exceptional service and quality.

This service, not a taster menu, but a fixed price - wine, water and coffee included - cost 50€.

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Best restaurant guide Puglia, xfood San Vito dei Normanni The Big Gay Podcast from Puglia guide

Best restaurant guide Puglia, xfood San Vito dei Normanni The Big Gay Podcast from Puglia guide

Best restaurant guide Puglia, xfood San Vito dei Normanni The Big Gay Podcast from Puglia guide

Best restaurant guide Puglia, xfood San Vito dei Normanni The Big Gay Podcast from Puglia guide

To repeat, 50€ per person inclusive (not a typo, inclusive) of bottomless water and wine, served by the bottle, white, red, rosé or (on request) prosecco and coffee.

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Main photo: Proud and lesbian owned Paragon700 Restaurant, Ostuni.

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