It’s hard to be disappointed by Menelao in Santa Chiara, in Turi, in the province of Bari. This high level gourmet restaurant owned by Michele Boccardi offers an unique experience, under all points of view. Starting from the welcome of the staff and the entrance of the ancient splendor of the historic building in the centre of Turi. Chic and classy furniture. Haute cuisine, elegant presentation of the food on the plate, excellent quality food, with only local ingredients.
Chef Gaetano Servidio and highly skilled waiters will ‘cuddle’ you from the beginning of your dinner and they will take you on a journey through the flavors and colors of Apulia. You will be greeted by prosecco and pre-starter. I suggest the seafood appetizer with fresh sea urchins, mussels, clams, shrimps and oysters. The cous cous is also excellent. You can enjoy different types of bread and homemade breadsticks with extra virgin olive oil produced in the area exclusively for the restaurant. In addition to the dishes on the menu, you can also choose the day extra dishes with seasonal ingredients. My favorite ‘primo’ is surely the linguine with sea snails and grilled tomato. But also the delicious orecchiette, a very classic and traditional Apulian dish, so simple but enhanced by the skill of the chef. If you are in the ‘meat mood’, choose the Florentine or the Argentine Angus, the best I’ve ever eaten. Otherwise fish – bass with a salt crust meringue is excellent. The pre-dessert opens the door to a list of desserts that are worth a try. But there is one in particular that you must take: the delicious hot chocolate ‘bombette’ with ice cream. The very well-stocked wine cellar is also noteworthy. Menelao in Santa Chiara is ideal for a romantic dinner for two, an important business dinner but also for friends who want to cuddle themselves.
A truly unforgettable experience that everyone should have at least once.
MENELAO A SANTA CHIARA
Via Sedile, 46, Turi (Bari)
tel. 080 891 1897