Having just got back from Sorrento I thought I���d add my thoughts on the hotel & some of the restaurants we tried. I got a lot of useful information from this forum so I���d like to be able to offer some in return. Hopefully it���ll be of help.
The Hotel Antiche Mura. If a sea view is not on your list of requirements then this hotel is ideal. It is positioned very close to Piazza Tasso but without the noise you would expect from its location. It has no restaurant, only a breakfast room, but if, like me, you like to steer clear of half board and sample the local restaurants then this is not an issue. I booked this hotel direct and have nothing bad to say about it.
Pizzeria Aurora. My first taste of ���proper��� pizza and a successful one at that. Waiters very friendly and went to the trouble to explain the various pizzas, they do 50! A lot of which are there to cater for pizzahut enthusiasts but that does not detract from the quality of the more traditional ones. We ate here twice, the second time we only wanted something light. 2 beers, 2 pizzas & 2 coffees came to 20 euros, I���d left a bigger tip the night before!
L���Antica Trattoria. We ended up here when the place we were going to eat at was shut, forward planning anyone? As it had started to rain we went to the first place I recognised to name of and it was magnificent. At first we felt a tad underdressed although the waiters never gave the impression that they thought so. We had a truly wonderful night of fine food, good wine and service that was perfect. We were treated as if we were special but yet was still able to have a laugh with the waiters. A 4 course meal with frills, wine & espresso for 120 euros (25euro bottle of wine)
Ristorante 'O Canonico. The ���nicer��� sister restaurant of the Pizzeria Aurora, and situated next door. We ate here on the premise that to Aurora was good and we didn���t want to go there yet again (very convenient for the hotel). This restaurant was of a similar price bracket as the L���Antica Trattoria but not a patch on it in terms of dining experience. The food was nice enough and the service good but it didn���t have that extra something. I would also point out that this was the only place we ate that tried to push the expensive wine. The menu was very fish based, in fact only one starter didn���t involve fish, that���s not a criticism, merely an observation. 3 course meal with wine & coffee, we skipped dessert for 105euros.
Il Buco. This was the one place I was intent on experiencing, so much so that we went and reserved a table for later in the week as soon as we���d unpacked. It didn���t disappoint. This restaurant, situated in the cellars of the convent, deserves its Michelin star. The service was excellent and the food outstanding. I find one of the tests of a good restaurant is how they deal with you asking for alterations. We had both chosen one of the taster menus, the pasta course of which had a walnut sauce. As I am allergic to walnuts I asked if I could have something else. They were happy to do this but suggested instead that the chef present mine with a different sauce. It was delicious with a zucchini sauce. The walnut sauce was delicious too, according to my wife. For a special night out, this is the place, make sure you book though. A fine dining experience for 155euro and worth every cent.
We ate elsewhere too but these were the places that I felt compelled to write about. Sorry for the long post but hopefully its been useful.