Senza Stile, a perfect Puglia Beach Bar in Unspoiled Puglia, a true Puglia gem
Yesterday we had lunch at a Puglia Beach Bar, a place that represents to us unspoiled Puglia and the Salento, a Puglia gem.
Senza Stile on the outskirts of Torre San Gennaro is a perfect beach bar where you can get drinks, snacks and light meals. The owners explained their concept to us in a mixture of Italian and English. “Senza stile” literally translates to “without style”, or as the owners put it “without form”. A better interpretation would be “informal”. This Puglia beach bar does indeed have style. It’s very simplicity is it’s style.
It is perfectly located in a yet unspoiled Puglia location on the edge of a tiny piazza with easy access to a beautiful sandy beach. Go for coffee, for lunch, for a beer and a snack. Imagine yourself soaking up the sun, the view, the ambience. If you want to relax, to enjoy unspoiled Puglia, to meet locals then Senza Stile is a perfect Puglia place.
The food is traditional, simple and uncomplicated. “Molto buono”. On this, our first visit, we had spaghetti alle cozze (spaghetti with mussels) and fritturina (deep fried prawns, calamari and fish). Although served on disposable plates with disposable cutlery, the presentation still has the simple style that reflects the concept of Senza Stile. The food was well cooked, piping hot and extremely good. The spaghetti alle cozze had just the right amount of piquancy. If it’s not spicy enough for you there is chili oil on the table. Spice it up … and enjoy. A couple of beers (Italian of course) accompanied our lunch and we rounded it out with coffee and digestivi. The owners are friendly and enthusiastic. Senza Stile opened for the season in mid May and is open every day, unless the weather is bad. Happily bad weather doesn’t happen too often in southern Puglia and the Salento.
Just the other side of the small sand dunes there is a beautiful sandy beach. South of the centre of Torre San Gennaro this end of the beach is completely unspoiled. Shallow, clear blue waters for paddlers and toddlers, it’s easy to walk into the sea if you prefer sea walking or swimming. The sandy beach, decorated with thousands of tiny white shells, is perfect for sun-worshippers and for making sand castles. Spend the morning on the beach and then have lunch at Senza Stile, or lunch at this perfect Puglia beach bar followed by an afternoon on the beach. Either way we guarantee you will be completely relaxed and will have experienced unspoiled Puglia at it’s best.