Gallery: The Summer Cave is a Tranquil Italian Restaurant Tucked into a...

Dim lighting enhances the already magnificent ambience
Dim lighting enhances the already magnificent ambience

The clifftop Grotta Palasezze has 20 rooms overlooking the Adriatic Sea and the old town of Polignano o Mare. Dimly lit and outfitted with furnishings made simply from natural materials in order to blend in with its unique surroundings, the restaurant sits just below the hotel and boasts magnificent views.

The Summer Cave has been voted as one of the most romantic restaurants in the world by the Fodor travel guide. We’ve never been, so we can’t attest to that, but we do think a grotto is one of the most interesting locations to place a restaurant. Similar examples of restaurants in unusual settings include a restaurant shanghaied on an island in the Indian Ocean and another set at the foot of an active waterfall.

+ Grotta Palasezze

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  1. Tafline Laylin April 28, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Christine, I think you’re better off contacting the restaurant directly. Thanks, Inhabitat editors.

  2. CHRISTINE TOUR GUIDE April 25, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    I will be visiting Sicily later this year, arriving 30 September.
    Our base will be Castellammare and I am wondering if you would be open at this time or could accommodate a group of 10 ??
    Thank you – I\\\\\\\’m a Travel Agent in Australia and will be bringing a group of 15 with me but will offer this as an Optional Extra special tour if we could enjoy your hospitality.
    Thank you, Christine.

  3. vagabondette August 17, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    I love this. It’s on my list of places to eat!

  4. Tafline Laylin August 15, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Nudging is good. Thanks for the heads up! We’ve fixed our error.

  5. Gaia Gherardi August 14, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    This is on the Adriatic, not the Mediterranean, not to be a nudge, but I have a house nearby, and dine here regularly.

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