Flavors of Puglia: Osteria Piazzetta Cattedrale


Orna O’Reilly and I worked up a bit of an appetite today as we made our way along the ancient travertine-paved streets of Ostuni — our adopted hometown in the Salento region of Puglia in southeastern Italy — to the top of the centro storico (historic center).


Passing by La Città Bianca‘s (The White City) 15th century Cathedral of the Assumption, we entered nearby Osteria Piazzetta Cattedrale to a warm embrace and greeting from Roberto Marino, the affable owner of this superlative kitchen.


With knife, fork and wine goblet at the ready, we took our places at a table-for-two for a long, leisurely, slow-food lunch. It’s what we do here in Puglia on a Sunday.


The mouthwatering seafood-based dishes — appetizers, first and second courses, along with desserts — were prepped by Chef Marilea Santoro, plated by Roberto and poured by Francesco.


And, in the glass? Five Roses, a wonderful Negroamaro rosato from the Leone de Castris Estate, a winery that dates all the back to 1665.

Sorry you couldn’t join us, but go ahead and enjoy a virtual nibble and sip.




Borsalino w/ props SMALL | ©Tom Palladio Images


Written by The Palladian Traveler

Tom traded his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "capello" in the Puglia region of southeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him into and out of 50 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along the travertine and cobblestone that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway in the hills overlooking Ostuni. You can also follow his dispatches via TravelingBoy.com and Anthology Magazine Ireland.


      1. No walk today, as I’ve been packing and getting ready to leave for California tomorrow. I’ll take a virtual walk, though, and that will take care of virtual calories.


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