While on a work trip to Bari, Italy, one evening for dinner, we decided to drive 30 kilometers south to a charming Italian village named Polignano A Mare. Our destination was Grotta Palazzese. Grotta means cave in Italian. What a destination it was! A restaurant that was in a cave built with limestone rocks with turquoise blue water shining from below and a view of the Adriatic sea. I was in awe with this breathtaking beauty that surrounded me. All of the tables were covered with white tablecloths and lamps that arced over each table. You could hear the waves crashing into the cave. Talk about ambiance! It was hands down the most enchanting and romantic restaurant I have ever seen.
That evening I had lamb encrusted with pecorino cheese, which was delicious. However, I couldn’t bring myself to eat the nicely garnished prawn appetizer they brought out when we sat down. The prawn tasted a bit undercooked to me by American standards. My husband, Daniele, who is from Venice, Italy, said this is quite typical when I told him. They also had platters of seafood with the Norway Lobsters fully faced, which is never appetizing to me, but in Italy, this is also quite common, especially in cities on the water.
This place made it easy for me to be in my own wonderland for a few hours. I was feeling inspired to dream and do. I love when a place can bring you to this kind of marvelous state of mind! If you are looking to be in a dreamy magical place with a date, I would highly recommend experiencing this place.
“Every year go someplace you’ve never been before.” -Dalai Lama