Posted by: Debra Kolkka | May 28, 2019

Il Frantoio…a great place to stay

Il Frantoio is a gorgeous masseria near the town of Ostuni in Puglia. We stayed here several years ago and liked it enough to return…possibly for the food alone. Much of the delicious food is grown on the property and what isn’t is sourced locally.

Our welcome was great.

Our room was really a mini apartment and was the home of the original owners. It was delightful.

We entered through the kitchen of the original house.

This was our front door.

The interior.

The floor tiles are lovely.

We had our own kitchen and private terrace.

The common rooms are lovely too.

The grounds are fabulous…lots of lovely places to sit.

The cave under the main house is where the olive oil was once made on the property.

The food was as good as we remembered it to be.

Pizzelle (fried bread) with tomato sauce.

Marinated octopus with tomato on spicy zucchini cream.

Green bean fricassee in a basket of pecorino.

Fried stuffed zucchini flowers.

Hand made pasta with turnip top pesto, mussels and fried bread crumbs.


Pork rolls with caciocavallo cheese in ragout with straw potato chips.


Mixed salad with fresh almonds and rose petals.


Ricotta bewitched with Strega.

If you are looking for somewhere to stay near Ostuni, Il Frantoio could be for you.


  1. So, I was thinking how pretty the tile floors are, but when I got to the food photos I forgot all about the floors. 😊

  2. Aaaah; the tiles. Divine. And of course the food 😋

    • We ate too much of course.

  3. It is a beautiful place. Nothing like an old masseria in Puglia….

    • It was nice to return 10 years later. The staff are all very welcoming.

  4. What a fabulous place, beautiful interiors, lovely gardens, a wonderfully cool cave and such lovely food – yes, i do think that’s for me!

    • You would love it there.

  5. My mouth is watering from looking at all the delicious food!!! Looks like a wonderful place to visit.

    • The food alone makes it worthwhile.

  6. Il Frantoio looks fabulous. Staying in lovely accommodation with such delicious food makes the journey memorable.

    • It certainly does. I still make some of the dishes we ate at Il Frantoio last time.

  7. If you had a button where I could transport myself there straight away I’d press it. It looks heavenly! 😀

  8. Great photos. We’ve eaten there a few times – wonderful food – and never knew how fabulous the accommodation is. Unfortunately, we live too close to overnight there, but we plan to return soon for another slap-up dinner!

    • You are lucky to live so close to this lovely place.

  9. Il Frantoio looks like a welcoming home. What a great find to return to and the food looks fabulous.

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