Italian Food

Where to Eat in Vieste, Italy, Osteria al Duomo + Michelin Picks

Our pick for the best restaurant in Vieste, Italy.

Two restaurants sit side by side on romantic Via Alessandro III. The ever-present ocean breeze makes it distractingly easy to get lost. It doesn’t help that similar tables line this stair-stepped medieval street. “Make sure to go to the second restaurant down the street. Don’t be fooled by the first!” Wise words that would serve us well from our host in Vieste, Italy. 

Where to Eat in Vieste, Italy

Post Update September 27, 2022, for inclusion in our upcoming guide to Puglia, Italy.

Nicknamed “the bread basket of Italy” almost half of Italy’s crop is harvested, and the oil is produced in Puglia. What’s enticing for foodies is that Puglia is also home to bold olive oils, Orechiette, Caciocavallo Podolico Italy’s most expensive cheese, and in the coastal town of Vieste, fresh seafood.

So much so that all three Michelin guide recommendations for Vieste, Italy focus on seafood. Il Capriccio serves up contemporary seafood at 50 – 70€, Acqua with contemporary Mediterranean cuisine for 60 – 90€, and the regional cuisine at Al Dragone for 65€. For those with deep pockets, Michelin’s recommendations are always solid. For those looking to spend a little less, we highly recommend checking out a local favorite, Osteria al Duomo.

Tucked away in a scenic narrow alley in old town Vieste is Osteria al Duomo. While there is outdoor seating, I highly recommend stepping inside for a truly memorable dining experience.

Osteria al Duomo

If you’re not paying attention to the names over the doors, it’s easy to miss Osteria Al Duomo. Here’s what the entrance to Osteria al Duomo looks like along with a map to find it!

Entrance to Osteria al Duomo in Vieste, Italy

Osteria al Duomo is welcoming osteria with a touch of class and plenty of charm in the form of cozy cave-like walls. While it’s true, Puglia is home to Orecchiette the famous ear shape pasta perfect for scooping up sauces, the Cavatelli with Polpo and fresh Chickpeas called my name. Deceptively light and completely satisfying. Each bite, left me saying, “ok that’s my last bite.” Hmm, “no really, my last bite.”

Osteria al Duomo serves house-made pasta with seasonal, regional ingredients. During our visit to Osteria al Duomo, every dish was delicious, fresh, and impeccably served. Even the affordably priced bottle of  Giancarlo Ceci Panascio was handled table-side with expert care.

“And it’s not relying on its plum position to get diners through the door: real care and innovation go into experimental-yet-pleasing creations such as tagliolini with fish skin, clams and pistachios.” — Lonely Planet review of Osteria al Duomo

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Additional Review of Osteria al Duomo in Vieste, Italy

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