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A Taste of Imma Tataranni's Matera:Where to Eat

Local tips from the hometown of Imma Tataranni

Article byLinda Sarris
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A Taste of Imma Tataranni's Matera:Where to Eat

Local tips from the hometown of Imma Tataranni
Article byLinda Sarris
Seasons 3 coming Spring 2023!
EDITOR'S NOTE: Who better to help guide us through Imma Tatartanni's beautiful hometown of Matera than Palermo based Chef, author, food, wine and travel consultant, Linda Sarris! Linda has spent much of the last decade living, working, cooking and traveling throughout Southern Italy and is a self-confessed fan of our own Imma Tataranni! Linda recently created a delicious recipe series based on Imma's kitchen and is the co-author of Moon Southern Italy: Sicily, Puglia, Naples & the Amalfi Coast (Travel Guide).

Where to Eat, Stay & Drink in Imma Tataranni’s Matera

Where to Eat in Matera

Eat like Imma Tataranni in Basilicata’s white stone city of Matera. When you think of its magnificent cave dwellings, breathtaking canyon views of the Gravine di Matera and the thousands of years of history here, maybe dining out might not immediately come to mind. Basilicata is one of Italy’s undiscovered jewels. The homestyle regional “cucina Lucana” specialties include hearty vegetarian dishes and legume-based soups, sweet and smoky peperoni cruschi dried peppers, mountain cheeses, Aglianico red wines, extremely limited seafood dishes due the short coastline, and durum wheat bread shaped with three cuts to represent the Holy Trinity. In Matera, you’ll find a variety of casual trattorias, wine and cocktail bars, bakeries, ice cream shops and pizzerias — but the important thing is knowing which ones to choose.


Via San Biagio, 27, 75100 Matera
Phone: +39 351 804 4939

Tierra’s cozy bistro is an ideal spot for a casual dinner, weekend brunch, or tapas-style snacks and cocktails for a late aperitivo. They play with local flavors and use ingredients of the territory to put a fusion twist on internationally-known plates from tacos to steamed bun sandwiches.


Via Sant’Angelo, 58/61, 75100 Matera
Phone: +39 0835 333704

Treat yourself to a meal at this Michelin Guide-mentioned restaurant and relax in their cave dining room or outside in their charming courtyard. Their cellar’s extensive wine list includes the finest bottles from various regions around Italy as well as local varietals from Basilicata, Champagnes, large format bottles, and spirits. Dishes of Baccanti’s long-time chef, Giuseppe De Rosa, highlight the terroir of Matera with nearly 90% of their ingredients coming from producers and small farmers in the surrounding area.

Dimora Ulmo Ristorante

Fine Dining
Via Pennino, 28, 75100 Matera
Phone: +39 0835 165 0398

Virginia Caravita and Michele Castelli are a young Chef duo, stepping up the fine dining experience here in Matera. Their kitchen has gained attention from the Michelin Guide, although they are still working towards a star rating. The front and back of house staff all came to Dimora Ulmo with previous work experience under world renowned Chef Massimo Bottura’s hospitality group. This modern fine dining restaurant features elegant dishes that give a fresh spin on local flavors with their tasting menus that range from €60 to €90 per person.

I Vizi degli Angeli

Via Domenico Ridola, 36, 75100 Matera
Phone: +39 0835 310637

This gelateria features an impressive selection of naturally-flavored gelato including unique combinations such as grapefruit and black pepper, mallow and thyme, or ginger pineapple as well as traditional chocolate, hazelnut and coffee favorites.

Panificio Paoluccio

Via del Corso, 22, 75100 Matera
Phone: +39 0835 334071

Knowing that Matera is famous for its durum wheat bread, we asked around for suggestions and everyone pointed us toward Paoluccio. This tiny bakery with it’s golden mustard colored front gate is located right on the main avenue in town. They are known for their pane di Matera (made with semola rimacinata and a sourdough starter) as well as their focaccia.

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Where to Eat, Stay & Drink in Imma Tataranni’s Matera

About the Chef
Linda Sarris is a food/wine travel consultant and private chef based in Palermo, Sicily. From her sun-lit kitchen studio above the 1,000 year-old Ballarò food market, Linda works as a freelance writer, social media manager, and culinary communications consultant while still traveling regularly for private chef work with clients in the fashion and music industries. Under her brand, @thecheekychef, she is self-publishing a Sicilian food and wine ‘zine and curates a series of Mediterranean culinary/lifestyle retreats and travel experiences. Her first book will be published in 2022 with Hachette Book Group.