The Antichi Sapori restaurant rises from the farming village of Montegrosso near Andria and is surrounded by uncontaminated nature and the typical wilderness of the Murge landscape.
Pietro Zito, the patron of the cult restaurant, gets his inspiration from the “land,” which he considers his muse and family. He doesn’t like calling himself a chef but rather a man who welcomes his guests with the gastronomic culture he learned from his ancestors and in the field. And it’s the land that gives him his inspiration.
For Pietro “there’s no restaurant without a vegetable garden.” Next to his restaurant, we can find “Orto mio,” a 15,000 sq.m. garden where he grows fresh products for his kitchen. The biodynamic garden greets you with the smells of the Mediterranean: thyme, marjoram, oregano and sage.
A love for tradition, respect for raw ingredients, seasonality and most of all the excellence of the ingredients are the qualities at the foundation of the cuisine at Antichi Sapori. There is a constant search for what the territory can offer, without surrendering to the ways of modern cooking.
“Eating is an agricultural gesture”
and for this reason, Pietro goes around to the local farms in search of better and better products to offer his clients. He also collects wild herbs from the fields, products that have long been forgotten by everyone else.
Entering his restaurant feels like being at home with old friends. You can watch the working cooks through a large window or, if you dare, you can even visit them at their stoves. The motto here is, “It’s not prohibited to enter the kitchen,” on the contrary, Pietro strongly recommends it because simplicity and authenticity are qualities that should not be hidden.
Antichi Sapori is not just a restaurant but a way of life, far from the stress of cities, where you can rediscover emotions and revisit the smells and flavors of the past.
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