Paccheri ai frutti di mare on the Ionian (TY 4 rec @PaoloCantele)

On Paolo’s recommendation, we headed to Porto Cesareo for lunch today. We wanted beach chairs, umbrella, and a restaurant right on the sea and he pointed us to the west coast of the Salento peninsula to Bacino Grande.

The paccheri ai frutti di mare were one of the best things we’ve eaten on the entire trip. The key to a dish like this is for the jus of the seafood to be absorbed by the pasta. The sauce had just the right consistency and texture and gave the pasta a wonderful savory character, with just a touch of sweetness from the tomato. Superb…

The frittura di paranza: a paranza is a wooden fisherman’s boat used for coastal fishing. This dish is akin to a “captain’s platter” fry. This, also, was over the top good.

It doesn’t really get any fresher than this. I really loved the place, even though the staff was a little bit grouchy.

Georgia P LOVED the paccheri and she had a blast dipping her toes into the warm water of the Ionian. I love how Italians rejoice when you bring a baby into a restaurant and no one ever gives you a dirty look. We are having SO MUCH fun on this trip… She is our joy…

3 Responses to Paccheri ai frutti di mare on the Ionian (TY 4 rec @PaoloCantele)

  1. Dea Elmi says:

    Buon divertimento! Sembra che tua figlia si stia divertendo alla grande. Mi fate venire voglia di tornare in Italia, in fatti ho un viaggio previsto il 15 Ottobre, giù in Sicilia si può ancora andare al mare ad Ottobre. Quei paccheri sembrano buonissimi. Noi non ci siamo più sentiti ne più visti, speravo di conoscere tua moglie Tracy.
    Un saluto amichevole da Austin dove le giornate finalmente sono più miti e si può apprezzare tutto…i laghi, il verde ecc.. Ciao da Dea.

  2. … complimenti per la presentazione e congratulazioni per quel gioiello di figlia! Cresce veramente bene e gli piacciono le cose buone.
    Un caro saluto e spero che ti ricordi di noi e del nostro CIRO’.
    Giuseppe Parrilla

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