D o you know what gluttony feels like? Like real true gluttony. I’m not talking about the “I just had my third slice of pizza and might get heartburn later” gluttony. I am talking about “waking up at 3am wishing you could just throw up or poo” gluttony. “Can your stomach actually explode?” gluttony. “Why the heck did I eat that much” gluttony. “Is this where I die?” gluttony. “If I had to go young, we all knew it would be on food” gluttony. “At least I died in an Italian cave” gluttony.
To be completely honest, I would never trade that one experience for anything in this entire world.
"....waking up at 3am wishing you could just throw up or poo"
Grotta palazzese - the Italian cave restaurant
This is the story of the time I almost died of that gluttony:
I had been given the opportunity to visit Italy and I knew I was going to make the most of it. I spent hours researching, planning, and daydreaming over online photos. One day, while I was on Pinterest, I ran across this photo of an Italian cave restaurant. I knew I had to try to go.
Mind you, this was 2017 before the hotel portion even opened. When you googled “Italian cave restaurant”, you did not get a thousand posts pointing strait to the place. So once I actually found the restaurant name and location, I booked it. I had to. It didn’t matter it was like 6 hours out of the way. It checked every box for me:
Nothing could stop me from the Grotta Palazzese.
To this day it remains the most expensive meal I have ever eaten at about 230 euros per person before drinks. If your budget looks anything like mine, you would be in the same boat. But how often will you eat 6 courses in one sitting in an Italian cave overlooking the Mediterranean Sea? At least, for the sake of my digestive system, I hope only once in my lifetime.
Photo courtesy of the Grotta Palazzese
We literally gorged ourselves on the following 6 courses:
< Let me caveat here: I LOVE food but I am not a chef by any means. So enjoy my non-chef and non-Italian descriptions here >
Well worth it
You guys, I am not exaggerating when I say I learned the true definition of gluttony that day. However, it was an experience of a lifetime. If you are in the area, I would highly recommend!
Let me know in the comments if you would eat here! Are you a foodie or does the views do you in? Also, is there some secret that my undignified self should know about eating raw prawn?
As always, Happy Travelling
Read about another near death travel experience here