From tradition to innovation
The section of coast from Ortona to Vasto, which passes through the towns of San Vito Chietino, Rocca San Giovanni and Fossacesia, today counts more than 25 trabocchi.
It is said that these platforms have existed since the end of the Phoenician age, but the first documented mention dates back to the thirteenth century.
Some of these platforms are no longer accessible to the public. Others though, as of the early 2000s, have been bought, restored and transformed into fish restaurants with a unique atmosphere. These small oases of calm suspended on the blue seas are a dream for lovers of good food and nature.
These coastal trabocchi, now such welcoming and hospitable spots, boast a wide-ranging offer, ensuring that everyone can enjoy a lunch or dinner somewhere between past and future.
The speciality is of course fish, but there are dishes for all tastes and wallets. From the restaurant that present plates in the “trabocco gourmet” tradition, with award-winning chefs and booking a must – to the family-owned businesses or, for those who prefer to eat light, the offer of an aperitivo menu at a very reasonable price.
Considering the uniqueness of the experience, all we would suggest is that you go with what suits you and, if possible, avoid high season. Stop for a while and enjoy your meal in peace, listen to the lapping of the waves, gaze out towards the horizon and, while taking in the flavours and scents of the sea, be inspired – this could even be the ideal place in which to plan your next two-wheeled adventure.