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luxeat Feb 10, 2013 04:14 PM

I'm off to Capri and the Amalfi coast in June. Anyone have any new ideas for lunch/dinner.

I'll be in Capri, Anacapri, Praiano, Ravello and any town in between. Ravello is my prime concern. Il Flauto de Pan looks interesting but I have never dined there. How does it compare with the two starred Michelin rated Rossellinis ? I usually frequent the likes of Cumpa' Cosimo and Trattoria Lorenzo.

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    SBHjunkie RE: luxeat Feb 11, 2013 02:00 PM

    In Ravello been to Rossellini's and Cumpa Cosimo. For us the later was more fun, delicious and authentic. As far as Capri, Aurora and da Giorgio were the most enjoyable in terms of food and experience. We also like Max in Positano. Lastly, one of the best nights (in Positano) we ever had was at the raw bar at Le Sirenuse. The freshest fish (raw & cooked) along with some really cold martini's. Did not disappoint.

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      luxeat RE: SBHjunkie Feb 24, 2013 11:05 AM

      the raw bar is a great idea, I'll give that a try. Thanks for the reply.

    2. gmcguireinrome RE: luxeat Feb 12, 2013 10:07 AM

      I spend a lot of time in Positano. My absolute favorite place is Da Adolfo. A laid back beach spot with a restaurant that you reach by boat.


      I have had lovely meals on spring sunday afternoons in Praiano here:

      Ristorante Da Armandino di Praiano
      Via Marina di Praia 1
      089 874087


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        luxeat RE: gmcguireinrome Feb 24, 2013 11:02 AM

        Thank you for the reply.

        I too like Da Armandino, last time I was there was 2008. Some recent diners indicated it has become a bit 'touristy'. I doubt it, I tend to think you either fit in or you don't.

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          gdonnersc1 RE: gmcguireinrome May 9, 2013 11:36 AM

          The cheesecake at Armandino's (made by his wife) is the best I have ever had. Enjoy it.

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            ghmlondon RE: gdonnersc1 Aug 7, 2013 07:41 AM

            hi going to the area on friday and love cheesecake may I ask where Armandinos is and any other must go to spots many many thanks

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              ekc RE: ghmlondon Aug 7, 2013 08:44 AM

              Armandino's is in Praiano. You can read all of the replies for other suggestions.

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                ghmlondon RE: ekc Aug 7, 2013 08:50 AM


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            chicgail RE: gmcguireinrome May 17, 2014 02:06 PM

            We are staying in Praisano and, based on Hound recs, went out of our way to try Da Armandino. Maybe it was a bad night. Maybe it was different season, but our dinner was - at best - mediocre. Two microwaves visible in the kitchen. The food was "fine." I had a zucchini flower (which I love) that was stuffed with ricotta and sausage that I didn't finish. The sausage just tasted off.

            We left and came to Il Pino to finish dinner, which was wonderful. Don't know what went off, but I could never recommend it. If it's close, why not. If it's a ways away, don't bother.

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            ekc RE: luxeat Mar 7, 2013 12:50 PM

            Lux, have you been to Acquapazza in Cetara? If not, it is worth a stop. Their colatura is fantastic.

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              luxeat RE: ekc Apr 24, 2013 05:45 PM

              It looks like a promising spot to try, thank you for the tip!

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                ekc RE: luxeat Apr 26, 2013 01:12 PM

                No problem! I am going to be in Positano in June and am planning on having dinner there again - and bringing their colatura back home with me!

                I will also be having at least one lunch at Da Adolfo on Laurito Beach - one of my favorite spots on the AC!!

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                  erica RE: ekc May 1, 2013 08:07 PM

                  Curious as to how their colatura compares with others from Cetara or Pisciotta....I've often brought the product, we well as anchovies, home with me, and also have bought it in NYC, at Buon Italia, and cannot say that I detect a whole lot of difference between the various brands. I've had the pasta with garum at Aquapazza and agree that it is sublime.....but just wonder how their garum differs from other brands available in the area. I know they reportedly make it themselves, and I am a big fan of the restaurant, as well as of San Pietro, but is it really so different than others made by local purveyors when used by a home cook in a simple pasta dish?

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                    ekc RE: erica May 2, 2013 09:26 AM

                    I honestly don't know Erica, as I have only had Acuapazza's colatura. It is true that Gennaro does make his own colatura, which is one of the reasons I am so loyal.

                    But I agree that to a cook without extensive knowledge of colatura, there may not be that much difference between different brands.

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                      erica RE: ekc May 2, 2013 09:43 AM

                      thanks, EKC! One of these days we will have to have a taste test. I could not agree more that that pasta with colatura at Acquapazza, was the distillation of a few perfect ingedients, simply cooked and worth a very long detour! (our neighbors at a nearby table make the drive from Benevento every weekend to feast there!!)

                      Somehow when I try to make the dish at home, even with great pasta, it pales by comparison! I guess another trip is in order...we still have not planned anything for fall, so maybe begin in Cetera and move south and east (??)

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                        ekc RE: erica May 8, 2013 02:50 PM

                        Erica, that sounds like a great trip - after camping in Cetara for a couple of days, picking up mozzarella and yogurt at Vannulo on your way to Puglia! Since I am going to be at Acquapazza in June and will be with my friend who lives in Raito and eats at the restaurant regularly, I will see if Gennaro will tell me his secret to the dish! :-)

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                          erica RE: ekc May 9, 2013 04:46 AM

                          We need to have a chowmeet someday soon! LOVED that restaurant; see if you can snatch Gennaro's cool glasses and give them up only if he gives you the recipe! I always enjoy your posts...now trying to plan another interesting trip so will be checking back soon!

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                            ekc RE: erica May 30, 2013 08:54 AM

                            I absolutely agree Erica! Planning on visiting Portland OR? :-) Haha - great idea about Genni's glasses! I will be leaving for Pos in 22 days and hope to return with at least 3 bottles of colatura ...

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              SBHjunkie RE: luxeat Apr 27, 2013 06:49 AM

              Anyone ever been to La Conca del Sogno on the Sorrentine peninsula?

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                pastahound RE: SBHjunkie May 2, 2013 02:44 PM

                No, but have friends who raved about it -- and also Da Adolfo. We stayed in Amalfi and loved Da Gemma (ate there twice), and also the restaurant in Hotel Santa Catarina (most gorgeous view ever).

                We also really liked Da Teresa on a beach near Amalfi (they send a little boat to pick you up and bring you back). Very casual beach place, but the pasta al limone was to die for.

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                  ekc RE: pastahound May 8, 2013 02:51 PM

                  A second vote for Da Adolfo! We stayed there for a night on our way from Rome to Raito and had a fantastic lunch. What a charming place!

              2. luxeat RE: luxeat May 28, 2013 04:21 PM

                Just noticed the new chef at Il Flauto de Pan in Ravello ( Villa Cimbrone), Giovanni de Vivo got a Michelin star for 2013.

                Found an interesting spot ready to open on Capri in Capri, called Mamma. Looks promising, will check it out.

                Thanks for the ideas.

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                  ekc RE: luxeat May 30, 2013 08:54 AM

                  Looking forward to your report upon your return Lux!

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                    luxeat RE: ekc Jun 6, 2013 03:28 PM

                    ok so here are the spots I have decided to check out for the week :

                    Capri - mamma, the new spot by Chef Gennaro Esposito.
                    Capri - Il Ricco - swanky spot I want to pull the boat along
                    Amalfi - Da Gemma - never dinned but I like all your post and accolades.
                    Praiano - Da Armandino - one of my local hangs, hope its still 'local'
                    La Conca del Sogno for lunch
                    Vannulo for a pre-arranged lunch and buffalo mozza.
                    Torre del Saracino for dinner
                    Il Lfauto de Pan for dinner.
                    Aquapazza for dinner but I have mixed feelings on this one.
                    will post upon y return.

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                      SBHjunkie RE: luxeat Jun 7, 2013 06:16 AM

                      Looks like an all star line up. Please report back regarding your impressions. Buon voyago.

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                        arturchik RE: luxeat Apr 2, 2014 07:40 PM

                        I was wondering if you ever made it to Il Lfauto de Pan and if you still remember (I understand it was a year ago), did you like it?

                        thank you

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                          ekc RE: arturchik Apr 3, 2014 08:10 AM

                          See Lux's post below re: Flauto de Pan

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                    ekc RE: luxeat Jun 12, 2013 01:42 PM

                    Looks good lux - looking forward to your report! Interested to hear about Da Gemma as we have never been and your meal at Acquapazza, as we will be dining there on the 25th. T-9 and counting!

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                      ghmlondon RE: luxeat Aug 7, 2013 07:37 AM

                      we're going on friday having now done it any suggestions would be very welcome!

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                        luxeat RE: ghmlondon Aug 8, 2013 09:29 AM

                        Amalfi was fantastic, still raw and relaxed.
                        D'Armandino was still good, just let him order for you, and as always ask to see the fish.
                        Da Gemma was a surprise, it was very good, the specialties never disappoint and the outdoor terrace setting is ideal. No great view to speak of but its still a great spot. They now also have a small restaurant in the square across (forgot the name) but its the white one with the contemporary decor and its a good spot for lunch. Same good quality of ingredients and wines.
                        Ravello was beautiful however Flauto de Pan tried too hard. Fantastic wines, great staff and service, the views are some of the best in the world. In any case do the tasting menu if you do go, its your best bet. Chef De Vivo is more than capable.
                        Stand out was Mamma on Isola di Capri. Chef Gennaro Esposito is the best thing that has happened to the island. Now if he can only find servers to match. Make a reservation and try to ask for the tables to the left of centre as you enter.
                        Its with the drive to his other haunt, Torre del Saracino.

                        If the other restaurants were not mentioned above then there is a reason. We also discovered a fantastic cook at our villa and as a result we cancelled two dinner reservations to have her prepare some of the finest meals we have ever experienced on this coast. Sorry but I am keeping her to myself, at least for now. But if you need a unique spot to stay a few days, Ca'P'a is it.

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                          jen kalb RE: luxeat Aug 8, 2013 12:02 PM

                          Thanks for the wonderful info.very helpful. We love the flavors in this region Wondering, did you visit both of Gennaro Esposito's places or just on Capri?

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                            luxeat RE: jen kalb Aug 8, 2013 12:25 PM

                            We did visit both restaurants. I must also say that if your in the area, the winery Feudi Di San Gregorio, just outside of Avellino has a wonderful restaurant called Marenna which has a very strong kitchen and staff. We drove the coastal route and had a wonderful lunch there.

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                              ghmlondon RE: luxeat Aug 8, 2013 01:08 PM

                              omg chowhounders you are the best who knew you were such stars at sharing info

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                            barberinibee RE: luxeat Aug 9, 2013 01:43 AM


                            Ever think that the person who made you so happy with their skilled cooking would perhaps appreciate a chance to expand their client base and earnings? It's not like you are living in Capri.

                            No stars from me for this selfish attitude.

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                              luxeat RE: barberinibee Aug 9, 2013 07:06 AM

                              I think you misunderstood, she lives in Praiano, and cooks only at the villa. She does not have a restaurant but perhaps we should discuss this further? She definitely deserves one.

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