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A week in Amalfi coast and Naples


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Back home after a week long vacation, followed by a short work trip.

I will probably keep posts short, because I'm a little short on time, but please feel free to ask me to elaborate if needed.

 

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First evening in Sorrento.

 

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Aranchini, potato and cheese crocchè. Cheese ravioli. Pizza with zucchini, eggplant, spinach and mushrooms.

 

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I had to look up crocchè. Thank you for that new-to-me food! I'm looking forward to more posts here.

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22 hours ago, Nyleve Baar said:

Just heading to that part of the world tomorrow for 2 weeks! So please keep posting! I assume your meal was in Sorrento?

 

Awesome, have fun! Feel free to PM me with your itinerary and I'll be happy to share recommendations.

 

This meal was at L'Antica Cantina, located at Piano di Sorrento, where we stayed. It's not far from the town of Sorrento. The meal was decent.

We really enjoyed the place where we stayed two nights - La Gaggìa Guest House. It's a charming country house with s small farm. Breakfast there included home grown fruits and vegetables as well as home made preserves.

 

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3 hours ago, Smithy said:

I had to look up crocchè. Thank you for that new-to-me food! I'm looking forward to more posts here.

 

I must admit I didn't fall for the crocchè, but I'm picky when it comes to potatoes. Maybe it's just this rendition, since the dish was quite common in the menus we saw.

The arancini was superb

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Day trip to Punta Campanella.

 

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Wonderful lunch at Ristorante Pizzeria La Macina.

 

Wonderful lemon and shrimps risotto.

Pasta with clams, tomatoes, wine, olive oil, garlic. I forgot the name of this pasta shape, it's a bit like gnocchi in shape and had a very nice bite. The renaming sauce was happily eaten with some fresh bread.

Caprese salad.

 

 

 

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Evening in Sorrento.

 

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Neapolitan style pizza Margarita.

Not being very hungry, we shared a single one. It was quite good, smokey. The oven could have been a bit hotter, based on the texture (and char pattern) of the dough and cheese.

Why was routinely surprised by the light handenes of basil application throughout the meals we had (note for example the Caprese and ravioli posted above). I personally, can never have too much basil :)

 

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Gelato.

Very good pistachio gelato. Fig flavor that was a bit funky to my taste. Dark chocolate and rum. And "cassata" flavor that was awesome. 
It was made of ricotta, with a gentle almond flavor, chocolate chips, candied orange and candied cherry. I believe that I heard of cassata before, but I never had one. Know I surely need to either make one, or recreate the flavor combo of the ice cream.

 

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Tracking "path of the gods".

 

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Lunch.

Eggplant parmigiana. Bright tomato sauce and delicate, not greasy eggplant.

Steak with parmesan.

Pasta with shrimp and lemon for me. I rarely eat seafood when not on vacation. Shrimps are borderline on the foods I'm comfortable eating, and the quality that i can get at home is not good enough to justify. Those were excellent, though the sauce a bit too acidic.

Lovely plates.

 

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Late dinner at the only restaurant still open near the hotel - Ristorante Il Pinguino. It seemed popular with the locals and the food was good.

"Focaccia", made of pizza dough, with some olive oil and tomatoes. A nice improve ever the ever present bread basket in Italian restaurants.

Fried shrimps and calamari.

Baked spaghetti, beans and mussels. A combination I've never heard of before, but it works well.

Nice beer.

 

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Back at the hotel by lunch time. We opted to eat at the same restaurant again before leaving the town of Scala.

 

Baked mixed pasta - potato gnocchi, trofie and ricotta filled crepes. In tomato and mozzarella.

Delicious sauteed mussels in wine, garlic, olive oil. With focaccia to soak the sauce and juices.

RIcotta tart with amarena cherries and caramel.

 

 

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Dinner at pizzeria Nonna Nannina.

 

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Neapolitan style pizzas, with nice smokey flavor from the oven, light and fluffy.

Margarita with porchetto.

Mozzarella, pesto, tomatoes, Parmesan.

 

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Those ended up being the best pizzas on our trip.

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