The Excellence of Fresh Seafood at Ristorante Meraviglioso in Polignano a Mare, Italy

After seeing the incredible iconic view of the beach of Polignano a Mare when you enter the town, the first thing you will notice is the effervescence of the place. In the warm months, Polignano a Mare is the destination of hordes of people who love the sea, the well-kept historical town, and Apulian gastronomy. In such a bustling town, there is an augmented number of restaurants.

Among the myriad options, one of the places that is dependable for its quality and price is Ristorante Meraviglioso.

Just a few steps from the statue of Domenico Modugno at Largo Gelso, Ristorante Meraviglioso grants a beautiful view of the sea across the square through the glass windows that surround it. The restaurant is aptly named after Modugno’s popular song Meraviglioso (or marvelous in English).

Quality and freshness are the two fundamental things that you can find in the cuisine of the restaurant.

The fish arrive daily and features a constantly evolving menu which is intertwined with the symphonic flavors of the Apulian cuisine. The raw ingredients used in the kitchen are strictly local fish, vegetables in season, selected Protected Designation of Origin and Slow Food products.


In the kitchen is Dhima Keler, a chef who started early in important kitchens where his passion and skills led his growth professionally. In 2018, he took over the helm of Ristorante Meraviglioso and continued its story of dishes where tradition and innovation are combined.

The menu represents the flavors of the Apulian sea with some inventive combinations.

The appetizers are around €13 to €18 for the platter of raw seafood. True to the optimum quality of the seafood at Meraviglioso, the raw seafood platter shouldn’t be missed. The first plates of pasta and risotto average at €15 while the main courses can be chosen from the selection of the catch of the day, with prices based on their weight. The desserts are around €7. There are also some options for the ones who would rather order meat-based dishes like a platter of prosciutto and cheese.

Ristorante Meraviglioso

Largo Gelso, 16
70044 Polignano a Mare (BA), Italy
Tel: +39 080 4249509 / +39 366 5006211
Email: info@ristorantemeraviglioso.it
Website: http://ristorantemeraviglioso.it/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ristorantemeraviglioso/
Open daily for lunch and dinner (12:00 to 15:15 / 19:30 to 23:30)