Located in the medieval town of Polignano a Mare in Southern Italy, this awesome restaurant was carved from a limestone cliff face and sits 22 metres above sea level. Spy over the edge of the balcony and you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of the impossibly blue Adriatic Sea lapping at the cave’s entrance. Neat, no?
Be sure to grab the best seat in the house, the dimly lit tables for two along the water’s edge. A meal at Ristorante Grotta Palazzese will set you back $100 a head, but it’s worth it for the delicious Italian delicacies (probably the best spag bol you’ll ever taste) and niche atmosphere.
The grotta – italian for ‘cave’ – is located within the Grotta Palazzese Hotel, which is about a five hour drive from Rome. The restaurant is only open during the European summer though, as the sea can get a little choppy in the colder months.