The foolish tour of San Michele Salentino's cookeries

Our last night in Brindisi we had an epic restaurant tour of San Michele visiting ten restaurants over five hours. It was a fantastic night visiting some great food and learning the stories of people who served us.

1. Corso Vittorio Veneto

Corso Vittorio Veneto, 24 - (+39) 333 9562415

This restaurant is run by two energetic sisters, and was originally two homes that were joined together to form the restaurant. They have a great aperitivo menu that features some interesting dishes like horse crostini.

2. Ristorante Big Ben

Piazza Dante, 1 - (+39) 338 2299473

Once a takeaway pizzeria it’s now possible to eat many things, not just pizza! We had fantastic pasta from Chef Ricardo who is only 23. He’s sure to have a bright future.

3. Pescheria Trattoria Fortunato

Via Re di Puglia, 14 - (+39) 333 5835497

This husband and wife duo run a fish shop attached to a seafood restaurant. It’s worth going there to chat with Fortunato and Antonietta as they have some great stories and amazing product.

4. La Brace del Duca

Via Duca D'Aosta, 9 - (+39) 0831 966080

A fourth generation butcher shop from 1886, they opened a fornello in 2006 to diversify. They buy all their product from local farmers and have an incredible restaurant featuring unique offal dishes and others made in a pignata.

5. Osteria Tranquilla

Corso Vittorio Veneto, 43 - (+39) 328 0530717

The owner was in the military for 35 years and always loved food. Just over three years ago he opened this high-end traditional restaurant with a chef who was only 18 at the time. Chef Roberto has stayed on and continues to make great traditional dishes based on the seasons.

6. Kimama Bistrot

C.so Vittorio Veneto, 126 - (+39) 338 4669630

Only four years ago this restaurant was a used car shop. Now locals flock here for the wood oven pizza with both traditional and innovative options, you won’t find many tourists and you will find a great pizza.

7. Il Brigantino

Via Roma 26 - (+39) 0831 966466

This restaurant has been here for ten years, focusing on seafood and have a diverse selection from local species to lobster from Atlantic Canada. Their vegetable dishes are great, like the lampascioni onion with fig flavoured ricotta.

8. Sapori di Puglia

Via Corsica, 4 - (+39) 346 7080198

A pizzeria that focused on traditional country dishes, most of the vegetables served are from their farm in the countryside.

9. Macelleria da Mimmo

Via Duca d'Aosta, 100 - (+39) 340 7325068

The butcher shop specializing in horse has been around for thirty years and just eight years ago they decided to open a restaurant. Standout dishes are the donkey brasciole and donkey ribs cooked in a pignata.

10. La Botte

Via Duca d'Aosta, 209 - (+39) 339 6616624

A family business that began ten years ago. It was once a pub that has expanded with a great food program. Get the antipasti with tripe, fava beans and eggplant rolls.