Puglia is famous for the conical roofed houses called Trullo or Trulli (if there are more than one) Our next accommodation for 7 days was a 400-year-old Trullo that had been meticulously restored. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, pool, air conditioning, and a jacuzzi off the master bath. High up on a hill it was a beautiful place to call home for the week. We'd arranged a driver and some tours to help us get to know the culture, food, and wines here.
|A neighbor's cat came with the property|
Our first night here, our landlord suggested we head to the local machelleria, where we could pick out the meat we wanted to eat, and they would cook it over an open flame. Always up for an adventure, and trust me, GPS in Italy always delivers, we set out--the machelleria was only .5 miles away but took us the long way and we got there in a half an hour.
Since we are Americans, we always end up arriving for dinner really early---at 7 p.m. the butchers were just putting on their aprons but were so happy to have us, we thought we were probably their only customers that night....not a chance! Forno Masseria Lisi Anna
is a great place to get a taste of Puglian hospitality.
|After picking out our meats, we headed for the dining room which had a great view of the open kitchen|
|A bit different from the Bari foccacia, this one was a little less crunchy|
|Potatoes in the embers|
|Pork with potatoes and grilled veg|
|I opted for steak|
|Breaded pork cutlets|
|The butchers are also the cooks--what could be better?|
|And, cannoli for dessert! |
So, more food than we could possibly eat, great service, 2 bottles of local wine, and the bill was 68 Euros. Our first night in Fasano closed, with the restaurant bursting at the seams with lots of customers, some seeming to be part of a sports syndicate. We'd found a gem in the middle of nowhere...that happens a lot in Italy. Ciao for now.