La Talpa Restaurant is located in the center of the Sassi of Matera along the main street Via dei Fiorentini, the beating heart of Sasso Barisano. The restaurant is entirely dug into the rock, and its rooms show the distinctive signs of Matera’s millenary rock culture, rooms that were used for different purposes over time until becoming an abandoned dwelling in the second half of the 20th century. In the year 2000 the place was transformed into a cozy restaurant with about 100 seats inside.
In fine weather, from May to September, it hosts its clientele in a large courtyard outside in the extraordinary setting of the Sassi of Matera with suggestive views of the Cathedral.
A unique and fascinating environmentLa Talpa Restaurant welcomes you to a unique and fascinating place, you will be enveloped by the rock within the unique rock architecture of the Sassi di Matera, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A true experience for a dinner or lunch carefully prepared in the best tradition of Lucanian cuisine. Delicious food, friendly people, aspects increasingly appreciated by guests from all over the world who wish to experience this wonderful part of Italy.
Typical Lucanian cuisineLa Talpa Restaurant is known for its traditional Lucanian appetizers and first courses prepared with homemade pasta, followed by delicious roasts or main courses of lamb, podolico veal and meat specialties. It is also possible for guests to enjoy excellent pizza prepared by its master pizza makers and baked in a wood-burning oven according to tradition.
The outdoor courtyard
In fine weather, from May to September, La Talpa Restaurant hosts its clientele in a large outdoor courtyard surrounded by the extraordinary rocky setting of the Sassi of Matera with a view of the Cathedral.
An environment that will make you feel the close union between nature and history, where everything speaks with the language of emotions and culture, immersed in an enchanted and timeless landscape.
The wine and the cellarThe winery has a wide selection of labels, which, while favoring the historically well-known and excellent Aglianico varietals typical of Basilicata, do not forget the wine produced in Matera, which in July 2005 obtained the DOC recognition they have long deserved.
A thousand-year-old culture
Matera is a lively, up-to-date, friendly city with a culture that thrives on contemporary facts and history. In it you will hear the ancient call of the rock everywhere and move through an enchanted, timeless landscape.
From the Sassi to the surroundings rich in nature and history, everything in Matera speaks with the language of emotions and culture. Different and at the same time precious aspects, faces of a single prism, of the same city, that welcome and enchant the attentive and sensitive visitor.
During your visit to Matera, you cannot miss tasting typical local products. In addition to Matera’s famous bread and wines, the town offers simple and good foods to enjoy in every season.
The advice is not to miss the goodness of ingredients such as extra virgin olive oil, mozzarella, caciocavallo, and pecorino. Legumes, cooked in a masterful way, are also a boast of Matera cuisine.