Italy’s cave restaurant
Hotels and restaurants giving their patrons a novel experience via innovative ambience isn’t particularly a new phenomenon as you thought. Grotta Palazzese a restaurant in Southern Italy was built inside a cave in 1700. And it delights its guests to this day with its ambience and setting.
Part of the Grotta Palazzese hotel made of limestone, the restaurant is carved from a cliff and is located 74 feet above the Mediterranean Sea level, so that the diners can enjoy a clear view of the sea as well as hear waves rushing in and crashing under them.
Being inside a cave, the ambience of Grotta Palazzese is gothic dark interrupted by arching lamps over the tables. The tables are placed sporadically on the restaurant floor such that all of them allow a good view of the sea. However, the two-seaters lining the edge of the restaurant provide the best view of the Mediterranean.
Grotta Palazzese is located on a cliff above Polignano a Mare, a medieval Italian town of cobbled streets, narrow alleyways and white houses. Visitors of Grotta Palazzese often go on an exploratory walk through the ancient by lanes to whet up their appetite before they make their way up to satiate their hunger.
The Grotta is called summer restaurant as it’s open from May to October, the summer months in Italy. The restaurant has Thai squid and grilled garlic prawns with glasses of Fiano di Avellino on its menu costing guests $100 per head. Recently the Fodor travel guide has voted Grotta as among the most romantic restaurants in the world.