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High and Low-end in Maiori, Amalfi Coast

waxyjax Jul 25, 2011 02:16 PM

hey CHers,
i'm staying a couple days in Maiori (sadly, didn't have the budget to stay in one of the more historical-looking towns). i'm definitely planning on a meal in Cetara but wanted to see what options there are in Maiori.

i saw mention of Il Faro di Capo D’Orso Ristorante and Torre Normanna, both of which are very high-end. i think since i'll be having a culinary blowout in Cetara it would be nice to balance it out with a local-style trattoria. do you guys know of any?

thanks!

  1. erica Jul 27, 2011 01:39 PM

    If this were my stay in Maiori, I would investigate eating spots in Tramonti, further up in the hills above the town. Over the years I've noticed a few comments alluding to the fact that Tramonti is a good eating town..it is also reportedly a hotbed of pizza activity.

    Not having been there, I cannot offer specific suggestions, but Capalbo mentions Osteria Andrea Reale in the fraccione of Gete.

    I would certainly phone ahead for the two places you mention in Cetara. We had the last lunch table at San Pietro on a late April weekday a few years back

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    1. re: erica
      waxyjax Jul 28, 2011 03:52 PM

      thanks...i was also thinking about Tramonti...i was going to save the pizza for naples, but perhaps all the hiking may necessitate an early pizza tasting!

      will also check with the restaurants [so excited]

      1. re: waxyjax
        jen kalb Jul 28, 2011 06:28 PM

        hope you are going up around Ravello - its absolutely beautiful and the hikes and views are great. Cumpa Cosimo for home style cooking. Take the bus up and walk home from there, maybe.

        You may need a car to navigate tramonti much.

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        Cumpa Cosimo
        Via Roma 48, Ravello, Campania , IT

        1. re: jen kalb
          waxyjax Aug 2, 2011 11:17 AM

          yes, Ravello is definitely on my list and was just about to search for some dining ideas. thanks!

          hmmm...too bad about tramonti. i won't have a car and was just wondering about if i'll be able to cover enough ground by foot and bus.

          1. re: waxyjax
            MBlair Aug 2, 2011 12:39 PM

            I've never been to Maori, but in Minori (1 mile away) I would highly recommend Il Pontile (Via San Giovanni, 25). We had a wonderful lunch there - top-notch food and service at a reasonable price.

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            San Giovanni
            Via San Giovanni, 36, Piacenza, Emilia-Romagna , IT

            1. re: waxyjax
              erica Aug 2, 2011 01:23 PM

              Bus schedule from Maiori to Tramonti:

              http://www.sitabus.it/sitabus/campani...

      2. jen kalb Jul 26, 2011 07:41 AM

        Luciano Pignataro's wine blog, a great source for campania, likes this one, Gianni e Maria

        http://www.lucianopignataro.com/artic...

        Where are you going for your high end meal in Cetara? there are still two slowfood places there.
        San Pietro and Al Convento.
        and with buses and shanks mare (my Sunflower book says 1.5 hour walk to Minori) its not like you are stuck in Maiori.

        Also this place, Pappacarbone, in Cava dei Tirreni, admittedly off the beaten track has caught my eye

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

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

        Pappacarbone
        Via Rosario Senatore 30, Cava de Tirreni, Campania 84013, IT

        Gianni e Maria
        Via Vecchia Chiunzi,5, Maiori, Campania 84010, IT

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        1. re: jen kalb
          waxyjax Jul 26, 2011 08:29 AM

          thanks for the tips!

          not quite sure if they're considered high-end in the Torre Normanna sense, but for Cetara I was thinking of either San Pietro or Al Convento (or both if it's possible). it looks like their menus are pretty reasonable, but i can see myself piling on as many items as possible in either of those places...while I'm on the topic, do you think I'll need a reservation for these places? it would be for Monday and/or Tuesday (looks like San Pietro isn't open Tuesdays) in mid-September.

          i have a feeling when i arrive in Maiori I'll be too tired to go far for dinner so Gianni e Maria sounds like a good welcome meal option. will report back :)

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

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

          Gianni e Maria
          Via Vecchia Chiunzi,5, Maiori, Campania 84010, IT

          1. re: waxyjax
            jen kalb Jul 26, 2011 08:54 AM

            the fact they are still listed in Slowfood suggests that you can eat a full meal for 35E or under - however, my experience is that depends on the food items you select - for example some local ly caught whole fish (not farmed) can be very expensive all over italy. You may want to eat a pezzogna on the Amalfi coast, but it may cost you.

            As far as your opening day and reservation issue, why not send them a note through their websites (linked on the Rest page)? It looks like they are both open 7 days a week during the season but mid-september is getting late. We usually walk in to this class of restaurant without a reservation in Italy, for lunch. But you may want to be more sure.

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          Hungry Celeste Jul 26, 2011 04:37 AM

          Can't help you on Maiori, but Minori (one town over) has the wonderful de Riso pastry shop (on the waterfront). Definitely worth a visit, and it's a short bus ride from Maiori. See one small part of the pastry case here: http://bouillie.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/p2161364.jpg
          Here's the de Riso website: http://www.deriso.it/

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