It was my daughter's birthday, and we wanted to give her a real treat. We succeeded. The food was phenomenal - sucking-pig (incidentally, not "suckling": that word means the mother pig and is altogether different) of sweet tenderness; perfectly cooked sea-bass, a light airy pie of tiny pieces of veal; juicy lamb; crisply fried sea-food, etc etc.
This followed a magnificent antipasto della casa, and preceded a taste of liqueurs, offered to us by the charming staff - not your usual limoncello, but lovely little glasses of sweetness made of roses, and basil.
Then in the came the cake we had ordered, with Molly's name prettily written on it, and a big blowsy flower. Molly is allergic to gluten - and so was this chef - so the cake was a confection of almonds and chocolate and the most ethereal melt-in-the-mouth creamy icing. I generally dislike cakes, but this was something completely different...
And when the bill came, the pastry chef charmingly announced that the cake was his present to Molly, for her birthday.
It's not so dear to get to Bari via EasyJet, and to move on to Martina Franca. But if it cost twice as much, a visit to this lovely place would make it worth the money.
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