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Sicily, Amalfi Coast, Naples- Feedback please!

So since everyone was so helpful re my Rome posting, I thought I'd go for the same with the rest of my trip -- Sicily, Amalfi Coast, Naples. I have l been following the italy board and have lots of possibilities, some reservations already, but am open to your comments. Particularly concerning Sicily. So here goes.

SICILY
Taormina-Dinner: Casa Grugno reserved for our first night.
Mt. Etna- Lunch: Antico Orto dei Limone or Trattoria Veneziana
Siracusa-Dinner: La Foglia, Taverna Aretusa or Locanda Mastrarua
Siracusa,- La Antiche Siracusa, Noto, Cafe Siciliana or Modica Trattoria del Crusifisso for late lunch on way to Ragusa:
Ragusa- Dinner: Locanda Don Serafino
Ragusa-Lunch: Il Duomo
Palermo for next 5 days:
Bye Bye Blues reserved.

Everything else wide open. We will also go to the markets and sample street food as well as taking a hands on cooking class. So that takes care of 1 lunch. Here's my list.
Zia Pia
Enoteca Cibus
Osteria del Vespri
Piccolo Napoli
Trattoria Primavera
Capricci di Sicilia

We will also make day trips to Segesta, Erice, Trapani,& Monreal

AMALFI COAST -3 Nights- We have a hands on cooking lesson in Ravello one day so that's one lunch.

Revello-Lunch: Trattoria Cumpa' Cosimo
Sant'Agata sui duo golfi- Dinner: Don Alfonso reserved. Katie Parla had suggested I swap this for La Torre Del Saracino in Equense and I am thinking about it.
Day Trips to Positano, Amalfi + other suggestions
Da Adolfo
Donna Rosa
Il Vicoletta
L'olivio
Da Gemma
Eolo

NAPLES - 3 nights
ristorante Ciro a Santa Brigida reserved for a late dinner after the opera.
Donna Teresa
Ristorante Mini de Ferrovra
Osteria della Mattonella
Cantina di Via Sapienza
Sorbillo
'Sharita a Materdii
Di Matteo
Gorizia
'L'Antico Pizzeria da Michele

I hope I haven't gone on for too long and bored you all to death! I'm looking forward to you comments. Thanks so much.

annnyc

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Sorbillo
Via dei Tribunali, 32, Naples, Campania , IT

Cantina di Via Sapienza
Via della Sapieza 40-41, Naples, Campania , IT

Di Matteo
Via Tribunali, 94, Naples, Campania , IT

Eolo
Via Pantaleone Comite 3, Amalfi, Campania , IT

Da Gemma
Via Sasso 11, Amalfi, Campania 84011, IT

Ciro a Santa Brigida
Via Santa Brigida, 71, Naples, Campania 80132, IT

Osteria della Mattonella
Via Giovanni Nicotera, 13, Naples, Campania 80132, IT

Locanda Don Serafino
via G. Ottaviano, Ragusa, Sicilia , IT

Bye Bye Blues
Via del Garofalo, 23, Palermo, Sicilia , IT

Piccolo Napoli
Piazetta Mulino a Vento, 4, Palermo, Sicilia , IT

Trattoria Primavera
Piazza Bologni, 4, Palermo, Sicilia , IT

Casa Grugno
via Santa Maria De' Greci, Taormina, Sicilia 98039, IT

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  1. Some comments follow on your well prepared list, but I just want to start with an observation (not just for you) that with the linking now, it gets increasingly unwieldy if trip requests (or reports) cover multiple geographies. Useful maps of the destinations are not produced, and the number of links allowed will cut off at some number. Also, the discussion will get sprawling with so many destinations covered in a single post.. Im thinking that three posts for your three areas might have worked better for discussion. but we are all feeling our way here with the new board features.

    Naples. On our most recent trip to Naples we had our first meal at Ciro a Santa Brigida and all of the dishes - from the very good mixed cold veg antipasti I selected from their bar to the pasta genovese to the mixed fried fish were excellent. Faded elegance, characterful waiters and a good price value relationship, recommendable after the Opera. the Cantina di via Sapienza I believe is lunch only, we found the food very tasty, the service and atmosphere friendly the price cheap, again good vegetables. Sorbillo, excellent, try one of the white pies, I loved the friarelli and sausage. Marginally better pie than di Matteo, but the latter's dough was just wonderfully light. Starita a Mater Dei comes up on all the lists - I think Katie P. has written about it. another place to consider in the Centro is Hostaria Toledo - a warm welcome trattoria with very good food at a good price - again good vegetables - try the zucchini scapece for example. Vadinchenia (dinner only) is on my short list to try, along with Europeo di Matozzi. In this region (this goes for the Amalfi coast) look out for moscardini, the little octopus, stewed, delicious as well as the fish Pezzogna, which is excellent but increasingly rare.

    The Restaurant page is fairly well populated now for your destinations in Sicily and the Amalfi coast - mostly from Slowfood, Gambero Rosso,Michelin , Chowhound board recommendations and blog sources. You might do a search there on each of your destinations. The Modica-Ragusa area seems particularly rich in good dining. Search results below.

    Modica: http://www.chow.com/search?query=&amp...

    Ragusa: http://www.chow.com/search?query=&amp...

    I will respond more when I get a chance.

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    Europeo di Mattozzi
    Via Marchese Campidisola 4, Naples , IT

    Sorbillo
    Via dei Tribunali, 32, Naples, Campania , IT

    Cantina di Via Sapienza
    Via della Sapieza 40-41, Naples, Campania , IT

    Vadinchenia
    Via Pontano, 21, Naples, Campania 80122, IT

    Osteria Donna Teresa
    Via Kerbaker 58, Naples, Campania 80129, IT

    Ciro a Santa Brigida
    Via Santa Brigida, 71, Naples, Campania 80132, IT

    Starita a Mater Dei
    Via Materdei, 27, Naples, Campania 80136, IT

    Hosteria Toledo
    Vico Giardinetto, 78, Naples, Campania 80132, IT

    6 Replies
    1. re: jen kalb

      Sorry to be dense, Jen, but when I clicked on RESTAURANTS at the top of the page, all I got was a list of areas/cities in the US. How does one even find the Italian restaurant page?

      1. re: erica

        Nothing dense about it, the site design is not user friendly. If you go to the top of this page where the two white search boxes are in the upper right hand corner and click the RESTAURANT tab to shift the search from Discussion to Restaurants. then In the right hand box put in the location (i.e. Naples Italy or Naples,IT), It should then give you a list of restaurants in the town. {If you use the bigger Restaurant tab on left to navigate, the search box also appears -it just takes a minute and before it does you are left puzzling.

        Note, if you make a post and it automatically adds links for you, do scan through them and delete the inappropriate ones - there are a lot of duplicate restaurant names in Italy!

        1. re: jen kalb

          Thanks for the help, Jen. I know you have worked diligently on this.

          However when, for example, I put the name "Cetara" in the search box, I get a list of restaurants and a note that there have been no reviews or discussions.

          I know though, that I have written about my experience at two of the four restaurants listed in Cetara....perhaps this was too long ago (about 2008?) to show up in a search...(??)

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          Al Convento
          Piazza San Francesco, 16, Cetara, Campania 84010, IT

          San Pietro
          Piazzetta San Francesco, 2, Cetara, Campania 84010, IT

          1. re: erica

            It will say "no discussions" until a link has been created on a post. If you go there now, you will see a link to this thread on both of the restaurant you linked.. Ironically , even if it says 0 there is another box there that you can click and all the previous discussions will come up. but also some extraneous info because the search logic on that element is flaky.Im thinking of going back and linking the restaurants on some of the better threads to recover some of the great history. You could also consider copying some of your reviews into the reviews field, but that would be a lot of work!

            1. re: jen kalb

              I can try to that this week....

              1. re: erica

                i linked a couple of your threads for you, its a shame when such good reports are hard to access. To really bring the "review" feature to life, though, a separate post (not a separate topic, but a separate post in the thread) for each restaurant being reported on is needed, since the review feature will only activate for one restaurant per post,, whereas links can be added for many.like Jacqquelyne says in the Sticky post above.

    2. Jen, thanks so much for your observations. I'm terribly new at this and will follow your advice in the future. I will also try to go to the restaurant page.

      annnyc

      1. Please please please dedicate one night in Naples to La Notizia. It's probably the best pizza on earth.

        Starita is a fun spot and if you have 3 meals to dedicate to pizza, check it out. but hit up La Notizia and Gino Sorbillo first. In terms of quality of ingredients and therefore flavor, Sorbillo is miles ahead of Di Matteo, though I like di Matteo very much.

        www.parlafood.com

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        Sorbillo
        Via dei Tribunali, 32, Naples, Campania , IT

        Di Matteo
        Via Tribunali, 94, Naples, Campania , IT

        Starita a Mater Dei
        Via Materdei, 27, Naples, Campania 80136, IT

        La Notizia
        via Caravaggio,94a, Naples, Campania , IT

        1. Re Torre del Saraceno vs. Don Alphonso you might want to take a look at this recent article.
          http://www.lucianopignataro.com/artic....

          There are some good threads on this site discussing many of the good Amalfi coast restaurants. You might want to take a look at posts and the Restaurant listings for the towns. We particularly liked in a'Paranza, a Slowfood place in Atrani. When you mention d'Olivio, do you mean the starred restaurant in Capri?

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          A' Paranza
          Via Dragone 1/2, Atrani, Campania 84010, IT

          Don Alfonso 1890
          Corso Sant'Agata, 11, Massa Lubrense, Campania 80064, IT

          Torre del Saraceno
          localita Marina Equa, Vico Equense, Campania 80069, IT

          1. Cantina di via Sapienza struck me as a relatively convenient and inexpensive place to have an authentic Neopolitan lunch, but not outstanding. I am less a fan of Cumpa Cosima in Ravello than many others. (I prefer Da Salvatore).

            I ate at Gorizia (although at the location furthest from the funiculare, not closest) and was not thrllled, but Neopolitan pizza is not a big draw for me. I have to say I really disliked da Michele, but the previous caveat applies!

            Hope you don't mind a spelling correction: Mimi alla Ferrovia. It's an excellent place to eat.

            It's not clear to me where you are staying in the Amalfi area. If you are thinking about driving home after dinner, you might want to re-think.

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            Da Salvatore
            Via della Repubblica, 2, Ravello, Campania 84010, IT

            5 Replies
            1. re: barberinibee

              We're staying in Ravello and will hire a car to take us back after dinner. How long a trip is it to Sant'Agata?

              1. re: annmorris

                It is a bit over an hour; I suggest that you plot your routes out on this, or another, mapping site in future. My guess is that the price will be in the vicinity of 80 euro each way.

                http://www.viamichelin.co.uk/tpl/hme/...

                1. re: annmorris

                  It's not just the cost. For me it would also be the fear of motion sickness after a large meal. Not only do you face all the twists and turns of the twistiest part of the Amalfi drive, but it's an incredibly corkscrew road up the extra leg to Ravello.

                  I'd skip the private car and put it toward a room at Don Alfonso and stay overnight.

                  1. re: barberinibee

                    Thanks for in input. Perhaps we'll switch our dinner reservation for a lunch one.

                    1. re: annmorris

                      If you are going to drive all the way over to that area (for either Don Alphonso or Torre you might as well do it in the daytime and enjoy the trip, maybe have a stop or two along the way, find some place to take a stroll after your meal, etc. If you are staying in Ravello, a walk down to Atrani for A'Paranza is very nice if you are up to 100s of very well built stairs. the walk maps are available at the tourist office there.Then ,an after lunch tour of Amalfi, which you can walk to through the Atrani back streets and a bus back up. The ride back up to Ravello is only a few minutes on the SITA bus. Re Cumpa Cosimo, we thought the vegetable apps and pastas (you can get a plate with several types, a "tris" were delicious in homey style. I am looking forward to trying Da Salvatore in future.

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                      Cumpa Cosimo
                      Via Roma 48, Ravello, Campania , IT

                      Da Salvatore
                      Via della Repubblica, 2, Ravello, Campania 84010, IT