A 16th-century country estate with 13 guest rooms; all have vaulted ceilings and cast-iron bed frames. Owner Armando Balestrazzica crafts itineraries to nearby towns and beaches, and his wife, Rosalba, prepares eight-course dinners featuring local specialties (pita and spring onions; hyacinth bulbs with orange-blossom honey).
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From Food & Wine , MAR 2004
It was getting dark when we found Il Frantoio, a farm with an inn near Ostuni, off a cyprus-lined road parallel to the sea. Expecting a modest agriturismo, we encountered a little agricultural utopia, centered around a masseria (a traditional fortified farmhouse) hidden by olive trees and flanked by a citrus grove. There's something unsettlingly perfect about the world of Armando Balestrazzi and Rosalba Ciannamea, the couple who own the place. I ambled around the grounds wondering how the horses...MORE
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