La Caravella Ristorante, in the historic center of Monte Sant’Angelo near Basilica San Michele, is a favorite of locals, tourists, and pilgrims visiting San Michele Shrine. It’s a great place to try the typical dishes of the Gargano. Start with a mixed antipasto of local cold cuts, cheeses, and vegetables. Pasta specialties are homemade orecchiette (little ears) with cima di rape and troccoli (a long, fat pasta) served with country-style ragu and cacioricotta cheese. Roast lamb and goat are excellent meat dishes or you can choose from other grilled meats. At lunch there is an inexpensive fixed price menu, too.
La Caravella is a small, family-run restaurant with casual atmosphere inside an old shop with vaulted ceiling where rope was once made. It’s famous for serving Arthur Miller in 1948 and his meal was featured in his short story, Monte Sant’ Angelo (although the restaurant has changed location since then). The owner was a child when Arthur dined at his parents’ restaurant and still remembers him. You can eat the same things Arthur Miller ate, troccoli in ragu and roast goat. The same family also owns Ristorante ai Battistero nearby.
Next door to la Caravella, stop in at Cose Buone del Gargano where you’ll find specialty organic food items of the Gargano.