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  • NANCY Apr 2, 2010 08:20 AM
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Has anybody been to Fattoria Terranova? It looks very interesting with stunning views. I'm considering a lunch visit on our way to Amalfi.

http://www.fattoriaterranova.it/resta...

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  1. I haven't been there personally, but I worked for a tour operator and I found this place and sent our tour guides to check it out. The family is really genuine and sweet, and I think it is worth a visit. You can hike downhill to Sorrento afterwards.

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    1. re: snack

      Thanks for the info. I've got it on my list. If we make it there, I'll definitely report.

    2. We did make it to this magical place and I can't wait to go back. Here's the excerpt from my long review on the Amalfi Coast ~

      Fattoria Terranova, Sant’ Agata sui due Golfi, Massa Lubrense ~ 8 people ~ 375 Euro
      http://www.fattoriaterranova.it/
      I read about this place in a SlowFood article and spent months trying to get in touch with them for a reservation. Emails, phone calls, faxes – nothing worked. Finally, I relied on the owner of the B&B where we stayed in Positano to contact them. She was born in Positano but had never heard of this place (it’s about 6 miles as the crow flies from Positano, but probably about 30 via the roads). A few emails later, she told me ~ no problem, you’ve got a reservation at 1:30 pm. With nothing more to go on, our driver picks us up in Rome and off we go. Our driver, also born in Positano, has never heard of it either, and didn’t know where it was. No matter, this is Italy and everything always seems to work out. We wound our way up a road on the peninsula high above the sea and found a small parking area and a sign pointing to Fatttoria Terranova. So we park and start walking down the hill, and down, and down. Our driver decides this isn’t quite right, so tears back to get the van. By the time he catches up with eight laughing Americans we’ve found Fattoria Terranova (which has a lovely parking area right there). We then enter paradise. This is a working farm that has a B&B as well as a restaurant. It’s surrounded by vineyards and terraced lemon groves. The lemon trees are heavy with both lemons and blossoms and the air is filled with the smell of lemons. We are on a long covered terrace dripping with hanging baskets of flowers with a breath taking view of the village below and blue sea, Capri is in the distance. At this point we could have been fed dog food and not even noticed. But instead, a parade of amazing dishes started arriving at the table. To start, bruschetta with olive tapenade or tomatoes. This was followed by antipasti ~ an assortment of fritters including fried polenta, arancini, suppli ~ the best seafood salad ever, with mussels, shrimp and tiny octopi ~ a cross between a pizza and frittata with eggplant and tomatoes ~ fresh made burrata and ricotta ~ zucchini wrapped around cheese and baked in tomato sauce ~ grilled eggplant, zucchini and peppers ~ salumi platter. Next the pasta ~ a simple baked macaroni and cheese ~ a thick cut noodle with eggplant, tomatoes and cheese ~ baked ravioli ~ bowtie pasta with prosciutto and basil. There was dessert, but I have no recollection of it ~ probably due to the offering of three different liquors, all made by Fattoria Terranova. There was Limoncello, Liquirizia (licorice) and Manoarino (orange). We were there three hours and would have happily stayed for three more.

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      1. re: NANCY

        Nancy many thanks for this, and your other, food report. Terranova sounds sublime! I can't help, however, being a little surprised at the price. Is it just me, or does 375 euro sound expensive for an agriturismo-type lunch? I could not help but notice that this is almost the price you paid in Venice at Fiaschetteria Toscana....(you paid 219 there for four people and 375 at Terranova for 8..) and the same price you paid at Armando in Rome...

        This is not at all meant to disparage your excellent reporting; I jut wanted some comments on the prices.....

        Again, many thanks! I hope to get to that area someday soon!

        1. re: erica

          Erica,
          As I remember it - we drank alot there....that's one reason we get a driver. I dug thru my receipts and found ~ food portion of bill was 240 Euro. We were there three hours, we had just come from touring hot and dusty Herculaneum and we were absolutely giddy about the views (not that we ever need an excuse to indulge in bubbly).

          One of the reasons I have included prices in all my reviews is due to frustration trying to decide and not having a feel for what somebody considers expensive or inexpensive; especially since we were traveling in a group of 8 and I was making financial food decisions for all. Now I realize the risk of including cost is that somebody may choose not to visit someplace like Fattoria Terranova because they consider it too expensive.

          Our group would go back in an instant, despite the cost.

          1. re: NANCY

            Nancy I think it is important that you include the prices. I certainly would not shun the place because it was pricey--and I am sure you enjoyed lots of wine or other drinks. It sounds like an excellent spot and I will certainly pay a visit if I am lucky enough to find myself in the area! Thanks again for all of your work in putting together the reports..

            1. re: erica

              Just wondering if anyone else here has experienced a meal at Fattoria Terranova?

              If so, I would love to read your comments....

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              Fattoria Terranova
              via Pontone, 10, Massa Lubrense, Campania 80061, IT

              1. re: erica

                my wife and i were fortunate to eat at fattoria terranova this past may, and it was a great meal and an even better experience. we were staying at the hotel bel air on the coast and the concierge made the reservation for us. he then asked me how i had heard of this place, as it was almost strictly for locals. he told us to be ready at 7pm, and a car would pick us up. there were four of us and we could have never found it on our own,
                we arrived and entered the restaurant and the locals looked up and stared a little. but the owner came over and in halting english welcomed us. we put ourselves in his hands. appys aplenty, one or two pastas, steak and chicken. veggies and potatoes. plenty of house wine. more food than we could ever finish. all of it delicious. if you have a chance to go to this great place, run!! one of the great dinners i have had.
                a little aside, they have an inn and cooking school and my wife would love to go back. me, just feed me.

      2. Here's a awesome trattoria up on the mountain above Positano. The name is on the plate. Four people e25 per person with no menu,four bottles of wine.

         
         
         
         
         
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        1. re: emglow101

          Forgot this one. Must be the jet lag.

           
          1. re: emglow101

            La Tagliata in Montepertuso. Looks tasty!

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            La Tagliata
            Via Tagliata, 22,, Positano, Campania 84017, IT