In-Expensive Fancy Food in Southern Italy

The picture above is a picture of the first meal I ate when I last went to Italy. It contains a lot of fish and seafood such as calamari, squid, salmon, and raw cuttlefish. There was also fried zucchini flowers, zucchini, spinach, eggplant and rapini. This appetizer was enormous. It was also $10.

Italy can be quite expensive, but unfortunately for Southern Italians, there is a large divide in wealth between the North and South. You can learn more about it here. The southern portion of Italy also suffers from a lack of tourism. Some Southern Italians don’t want tourists all over their towns, others see it as a necessity to improve the economy. Due to a lack of infrastructure and unreliable public transit, getting around anywhere south of Naples can be excruciatingly slow. A side effect of all of this, and many other factors is… lower prices.

This means food, groceries, wine, and vacation rentals are much cheaper than other regions of Italy. There is also a lot of history that has been well-preserved. Although most people go to see the Colosseum and Pompeii, there are other less-known places such as Herculaneum, the Appian way, and Lecce (a city that is a sight to behold all on its own), all found south of Rome!

But back to food.

I was very sick when some of the following pictures were taken, so they are my husband’s pictures that he shared with me later to torture me. Please enjoy them!

Giant prawns, cuttlefish, and sword fish. $10.
Seafood Salad in Naples. About $6.
More giant prawns and muscles mixed with pasta. $8.
Biggest prawn I’ve ever seen on top of risotto. $8.
A Brindisi style appetizer that is shockingly similar to Korean banchan in presentation, but you know… Italian. Different meats, salmon carpaccio and vegetables. This wasn’t even the entire appetizer. $12.
Swordfish Carpaccio. $6!



This might be the best restaurant I’ve ever been to. Fattorie Grottamiranda, $13-$18 per person. We’ll explain in a separate post.



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