Martina Franca, or only Martina, is a town and municipality in the province of Taranto, Apulia, southern Italy. It is the second most populated town of the province after Taranto, and has a population (2016) of 49,086. Since 1975, the town has hosted the annual summer opera festival, the Festival della Valle d'Itria.
Things to do in Martina Franca
4.5 based on 931 reviews
It was a hot night. The last one of the holiday and we wanted somewhere special. I Templari was the right choice. Now that the restaurant has made an airy Terrace outside, it's the best restaurant in Martina to look out over the medieval Gardens and the Valley. The inside is pretty too but perhaps best in winter.
Antipasti are usually special in Puglia, a chance to have a mini tasting menu, when done well. The Templari's are epic and tasty - a great mix for vegetable and meat lovers both. When we thought we had finished, the waitress asked if we would like to repeat a favourite (we asked for tempura scamorza and fab parma ham with the new season's figs). THEN, clean plates and a selection of cheeses with honey/balsamic/quince and puree of fave and chicory & pepperoncini. Because it was so hot, we'd checked that it was alright to just have antipasti beforehand. It was. Just as well!
4.5 based on 414 reviews
New concept of alternative restaurant in the historic center of Martina Franca
We had heard good things about this restaurant - fine dining in Martina - so were expecting a real treat but the experience fell far short of our expectations.
The wine list is probably the best we have come across in Martina and the Primitivo we had was excellent but the wine list needs some attention, it is far too complicated. One of my guests who owns his own vineyard and is a master of wine, actually gave up, and handed me the list to choose a good local wine.
The service was a bit chaotic with food turning up at odd times and orders being duplicated.
As for the food, that was hit and miss. A couple of dishes were OK but notable exceptions were the veal tartare - poorly seasoned - it was tasteless and a very strange dish of rape, mussels and caviar - the mix of flavours did not work and the duck which was quite tough and again lacked flavour and the presentation was poor, it was meant to be in some puree that had just melted in the jus on the plate..
We left without trying the desserts as by then the whole experience had gone sour.
4.5 based on 803 reviews
We were a party of 11 and rang up late afternoon to see if we could eat there for dinner - the response was very warm and typified the friendly approach of the staff.
A variety of dishes and wine were ordered and everyone was delicious. Several people ordered black spaghetti with mussels (a special of the day) and its fair to say that some dishes had a generous amount of mussels whereas others had one or two, however, when this was pointed out the manager swiftly sorted this out. Overall a good restaurant with a nice ambience and friendly, effective service.
4 based on 465 reviews
Italian friends of ours from the U.S. who grew up in Martina Franca recommended this restaurant. Delicious food; many different types of antipasti and a variety of small local dishes to try were all wonderful. Variety of meats for the next course although the first course would've been enough for me. Primitivo house wine was excellent. Delicious lemon sorbet to finish off a great meal. Located in the pedestrian only part of town so a nice stroll after dinner is perfect. Friendly service, stylish and modern atmosphere.
4.5 based on 534 reviews
This is a big Pizzeria in the country side between Martina Franca and Cisternino, very busy during the week-end so reservation is highly recommended. They offer a couple of bases + a gluten free one and a wide range of good quality and local topping (salty and sweet). If you need a GLUTEN FREE base you need to RESERVE IT BY PHONE. Staff is polite and helpful, the place is clean and parking is available.
4.5 based on 372 reviews
Martina Franca is very well known for its meat , butcher shops and many "Braceria".
We calked ahead ( always very busy) and got a table outside . You choose direct from the butcher counter the kind and quantity of meat or chicken you would like . The Bombette were particularly delicious . We had a fantastic Negroamaro rose wine to accompany our meal and we spent only € 20 each ! Extremely good value and a super dinner !
4.5 based on 341 reviews
In a cosy small room you can enjoy a wide range of local meats,home-made salamis and the famous Capocollo(salami made from pork) of Martina Franca. Quality product,included by the Slow Food foundation among the hundred foods to be protected,it comes from local pigs,it is worked with a traditional and maturing process in Trullo and smoked with Macedonian Oak wood,thime and rosemary
The Capacollo, salami and other meats are made by the family during the day and served in the small restaurant of an evening. Everything served is excellent quality and extremely tasty, the capacollo (a speciality of Martina Franca is wonderful - one of the best I have tried) is home made and very good. The service is welcoming and friendly in a small and intimate environment.
This restaurant is away from the city centre but worth the effort to find.
4.5 based on 285 reviews
A two minute walk off the main Piazza, worth finding. Sat outside on a warm evening in an area of about 10 tables which then became a trendy bar area at around 11.30-ish. Started with straciettella, one portion certainly enough for two. Followed with a delicious pasta dish and an imaginatively served crepe with smoked cheese ham and tomatoes. As a side we had a very good Pugliese bean dish, a very good purée of fava beans, though for us the wilted vegetables accompanying it were a just a little too bitter. (Personal preference only) Portions were a good size, sadly we had no room for dessert. Coffee, only espresso available, served in a mini stove top coffee maker. Nice touch. Good service, enthusiastic waiters/waitresses. Good value for money, would recommend.
4.5 based on 519 reviews
closed on Tuesdays. Chiuso il martedi.Aperto anche a pranzo
Hidden gem in Puglia. Owners were very accommodating to our two young children though it is more a couples restaurant. Good was very special- focused menu of meat / fish yet everything very delicate and tasty. Nice local wine suggestion by the glass. Highly recommend. Outstanding value for money.
4.5 based on 328 reviews
The menu is really interesting with some original dishes amongst the traditional seafood dishes. It was a pleasure to read and discuss with the waiters. The wine menu is excellent also.
The real pleasure comes when the food is presented and what seemed like it would be interesting turns into a pleasurable delight to remember! The fish is amazingly fresh. For example, I had one of the pasta dishes with mussels and red snapper. It is an amazing dish for the flavors, the fish, the sauce. The real treat was the mussels. They were soft and fresh like I have never tasted anywhere before. (I'm usually not a big fan of mussels).
Everything was like this. The red tuna filet with red wine sauce as an appetizer, the octopus with herbed sauce,...every dish was incredibly fresh and wonderful.
I highly recommend Centomani to any foodie who enjoys the fruits of the sea.
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