The Best Restaurants in Abruzzo, Italy

Call out to all Italian food lovers! Abruzzo, a green and pleasant province, is renowned for richness and variety in its cuisine. The mix of mountainous and coastal regions is reflected in the food with plenty of influence from Southern Italian cuisine. The region is also well-known for its wine production, some of them being ranked amongst the world’s finest. Production of fine Italian liquors is also a must when dining out in Abruzzo.

The best fine dining restaurants

1. D.One

This Michelin 1-star restaurant in a pleasant setting, defines itself as a “ristorante diffuso”. This is idea of attracting gastro-visitors to Italy’s small, forgotten villages to sample timeless recipes and local produce from the region. There are a number of different rooms with different setting from stone-walled elegance to the smaller fireplace dining room with interesting art and a burning fire. There is also a private dining room available for a more intimate experience for two. The food is simple, yet experimental. The use of high-quality selected ingredients is a priority and the dishes do not disappoint. The wine cellar where you can taste wine and sample some fine finger food takes you back to another era.

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2. La Conchiglia D’Oro

Easy, affordable fine dining in a beautiful simple setting. Family friendly too. Specializing in seafood, chef Claudio Di Remigio infuses his dishes with tradition and passion. High quality and fresh ingredients, dishes are often based on catch of the day. Known for shellfish based pasta and risotto dishes, fish lovers will enjoy the taste of the Adriatic.

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The best seafood restaurants

1. Osteria Dal Moro

For a casual seafood experience, Osteria Dal Moro is the place. It has a lively vibe and is always busy, turning out delicious seafood dishes. There is no menu, the waitstaff simply lets you know what’s on that day. It has earned a Bib Gourmand award from Michelin for its simple, rustic regional flavors. Definitely try their starters

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2. Ristorante Manetta di Manetta Marco

An elegant place where the chef checks in on every table, Ristorante Manetta di Manetta Marco is a small oasis of contemporary calm in a side street. With artistic plating and quality seafood dishes, especially the monkfish, antipasto and calamarata which are their featured plates. Chef Marco Manetta’s traditional Azzurian fish soup is also a must. Don’t miss the panacotta at the end of your meal!

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3.Ristorante Valerio

The elegant Ristorante Valerio in Giulianova carefully selects the catch of the day from the incoming fishing boats and turns them into gourmet masterpieces with local tastes and seasonal produce. Masterful plating and a collection of excellent starters make for a memorable meal. Not to be missed are the gnocchi with cuttlefish inin, broth, guazzetto and fish soup. For real fish lovers!

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4. Ristorante Cantine San Flaviano Giulianova

Found in the old town of Giulianova in an historic buildlng, the chef here reinterprets traditional cuisine in a unique and aesthetic way.  The beautiful buidling dates from the 1400’s when it was home to the family of the Dukes of Acquaviva. Over the centuries the restaurant has reinvented itslef time and again, keeping the original architectural structure. Using only fresh, seasonal ingredients, there is a great starter selection and superb seafood mains. An experience to delight all the senses. They also do special events

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5. Ristorante Pizzeria Columbus

An easy going eatery with a great selection of starters and traditional fish dishes inspired by the Adriatic. It has a casual atmosphere and is extremely popular with the locals and great for families. Try the green gnocchi with clams or the seafood risotto. There are also some meat dishes and pizza from the traditional wood burning oven. Sit out on the large outdoor veranda on the seafront.

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6.Ristorante Martin Pescatore

Close to the sea, with an extensive menu based on the catch of the day and seasonal local produce, Ristorante Martin Pescatore is a true gem. High-qulity meals and a friendly atmosphere await you. The comfortable setting and the excellent wine list only adds to the appeal and anyone who has tasted their Brodetta ( traditional fish stew) would agree. The starter menu is worth a mention for its variety.

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7. Punto Ristoro del Porto

For a budget-friendly option with an easy going atmosphere at the harbor, don’t miss Punto Ristoro del Porto. The fish here is super fresh and its more like street food with self-service and some tables where you can sit. A charecteristic place to stop for a casual lunch or dinner overlooking the boats.

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Typical food from Abruzzo

1. Ristorante Podere Marcanto’

Serving up good local food poolside and with a children’s play area too, Ristorante Podere Marcanto has delicious starters and a wonderful ambience. Located in an elegantly converted house, they do justice to the Teramo and Abruzzo cuisine in all their dishes. Meat lovers will enjoy the specialties. Don’t miss the porchettato lamb.

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2. Borgo Spoltino

Borgo Spoltino serves local specialties and creative dishes from an elegant 19C farmhouse surrounded by hills and olive groves. A spacious place with sea and mountain views, the meat dishes are delightful and there is a great selection of the region’s best wines. Much of their produce comes from their garden and there is a good selection of extra virgin olive oil from Abruzzi. This restaurant has been awarded the Michelin Bib Gourmand.

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3. Il Fondaco

Not strictly a restaurant, but more of a deli where you can eat, Il Fondaco serves up cold cuts and cheese from the Abruzzio region along with wine, beer and spirits.

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The best pizza places

1. Pizzeria Dal Cilentano

For mouthwatering, comforting traditional Italian pizza this is the place. It’s a simple, easy going place serving up a good range of traditional pizzas. Try the off-menu pizza bianche called pistachio. They also have an interesting beer selection.

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