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Al Fornello Da Ricci, Ceglie Messapica

71 Contrada Montevicoli
Ceglie Messapica
Tel: 39 083 137 7104's insider take:

Young Antonella Ricci shares her Michelin-starred kitchen with her mother, Dora, and her husband, Vinod Sokar. But with its long tables, copper lamps, and beams, this farmhouse-style restaurant comes on more rootsy than snooty. The culinary style is half suited to the surroundings and half aiming for something less povera: soufflé omelets with mint or spinach, ricotta-stuffed zucchini-flower fritters, grilled skewer of suckling kid, sausage and chicken livers with green salad… Afterward, take your espresso (or grappa) in the garden and contemplate the stone building with a conical roof, known as a trulli.

Open Wednesdays through Monday afternoons.

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