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“Superb”

Ristorante Art Nouveau
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$28 - US$56
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Art Nouveau Restaurant is located in a wonderful villa of the late Eighteenth Century, a lovely art nouveau country house which represents the symbol of Santa Maria al Bagno, a small sea front town along the Salento West coast, one of the most charming locations in Puglia. An essential as well as priceless place, where the art of cooking merges with the beauty of nature, in a sort of appealing and surprising mixture.
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235 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Superb”
Reviewed 18 October 2013

Great setting and location. Superb service, wine and food. Our 4th visit and it is always the highest standard

Visited October 2013
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Whitby, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Exquisite food, excellent service”
Reviewed 29 September 2013

We have just returned from a week in the Salento region. We came across this family run restaurant in Santa Maria al Bagno by chance. We sat outside on the terrace and the view overlooking the bay was beautiful at sunset. The staff are extremely attentive and the food was superb; so much so that after trying another restaurant in the locality and being very disappointed, we spent the remainder of our holiday eating here.We spent 3 evenings at the restaurant, sampling the antipasto misto, carpaccio of beef, seafood risotto, ravioli and the fillet of beef, which for me was the most memorable, and was one of the best steaks I have ever tasted. Oh and the chocolate cake pudding with the melting centre was "to die for", and that is from someone who doesn't "do " desserts!
There is also a very good selection of local wines. The manager was very friendly, spoke excellent engish and was very helpful with the menu. This was by far the best restaurant we found in the area, both in terms of the quality of the food, the service and the general ambience...and the price? We paid an average of 70 Euros each of the 3 evenings we were there (35 Euros a head) incuding wine.

  • Visited September 2013
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
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“Elegant, exquisite and special”
Reviewed 16 September 2013

If you are wanting a more elegant and refined dining experience or a celebrating a special occasion (Birthday, anniversary) then you will not beat this restaurant in the immediate area. Yes, it is more expensive than the other restaurants but its different and it offers different dishes not offered in the neighbouring more informal eateries. That said, the restaurant, although more formal is not stuffy and we found the staff to be very friendly and charming. Even if you only go once on your trip, it is worth trying .

Visited August 2013
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Stockholm, Sweden
1 review
“Unexpected gem by the Salentinian coast”
Reviewed 20 July 2013

During our recent stay in Salento we decided to spend a day exploring the coast north of Gallipoli, when we arrived to the quaint village of Santa Maria al Bagno. There, overlooking the small bay that shapes the village, we found just by chance the Restaurant Art Nouveau in a beautiful Art Deco villa. We decided to treat ourselves with a nice lunch, but what came afterwards left our senses completely overwhelmed. Oh, how do I enjoy being jostled by random waves when I'm on holidays!
The meal was possibly one of the best that we enjoyed during our trip in Italy, which included Rome. The restaurant is exquisitely decorated and has a wonderful sea view. The service was always helpful and friendly when needed, contributing to the relaxing atmosphere. And the food was fantastic, always with excellent raw materials carefully cooked and presented. We shared the mixed antipasti platter, which is a fantasy of colours and flavours, the mint pasta was simply the best primi we had in our trip and the fish of the day was grilled in a very skillful way.
I would definitely recommend to let you be surprised by this unexpected pearl if you have the chance to visit S:a Maria al Bagno.

  • Visited July 2013
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
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“Upmarket restaurant”
Reviewed 21 June 2013 via mobile

This restaurant does not have its name up from outside but it can be easily recognised from the unusual style of architecture. There is a lovely raised terrace in front,looking over the seafront. Inside the walls are covered in reviews from a wide range of magazines. This restaurant is more upmarket than the other local ones, with some nice little touches it is more pricy, but is still not what I would consider an expensive restaurant.The food is good, although the portions are smaller than some other restaurants. I had the swordfish, which I considered a little overcooked.

Visited June 2013
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