The last stop on their culinary tour of Puglia was Gustavo’s located on the outskirts of Galatone. Opened in 2004, this restaurant offers creative Puglian cuisine and is real destination for those in the know. Combining food and hospitality, Fred and Dermot were treated to a coccolare – a big hug with food. There’s no set menu at Gustavo’s and guests eat whatever Gigi, the owner, cooks on the day starting with antipasti. It feels like the ultimate Italian dinner party, but in a restaurant. It is open seven days a week for dinner and lunch on Sundays.
The philosophy here is to use products located around the restaurant to really promote zero-kilometre cooking. Offering a personal experience, everyone feels like a treasured guest and is treated as part of the family.
Fred and Dermot started their feast off with pecorino salentino con mostarda al mandarino, a pecorino cheese with a homemade orange relish, verdure di campagna crude pugliese, a vibrant zero-kilometre salad, and crostoni salentini, stracciatella capocollo and sundried tomato crostoni.
For the second course, the pair enjoyed risotto di forma di caciocavallo, a rich risotto served in a rind of local cheese topped off with toasted hazelnuts and rosemary.
For their main course, the duo were treated to a bowl of comfort food, tagliata di lonzetta – a loin of pork with mash and roast potatoes paired with seasonal vegetables. For dessert, they enjoyed the classic Italian dish of Tiramisu.
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