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Dining in and around Sorrento

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Dining in and around Sorrento

We plan to stay several days in and around Sorrento, and would appreciate information on some (possibly lesser known by tourists) restaurants. Although we will, indeed, BE tourists, we prefer places where English isn't the primary language.

Thanks.

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1. Re: Dining in and around Sorrento

Don't worry about not knowing Italian. English is widely spoken in Sorrento.

We had more fun dining out in Sorrento. It seemed that every time we sat down, we got into a conversation with the people at the next table. Ask the desk at your hotel if they have menus for local restaurants. Our hotel did, so we were able to get an idea about the food and prices beforehand.

Also, don't be put off by restaurants that send a car to pick you up. After looking at the menus, we chose a restaurant, the hotel called them, the driver came into the hotel to pick us up. We were promptly returned when to the hotel when we were done.

Also, no tipping in Sorrento. Not to waiters or to drivers.

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2. Re: Dining in and around Sorrento

Oops, here is the favorite place we ate:

Dona Sofia

Elegant setting.

Started out with a complimentary glass of prosecco and the best bruschetta. Two pastas, two mains (one was fish boned tableside) a bottle of wine, three desserts (there were three of us and we split some things), a couple of bottles of water and ended with complimentary limencello and tiny cookies. The tab was about EURO 115 for three of us.

This was our most expensive meal of ten days in Italy but it was also the best.

If its on the menu, have the orange souffle. To die for.

Edited: 26 January 2011, 21:01
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3. Re: Dining in and around Sorrento

Were the people you spoke with locals, or also travellers? We like to take public transport, so that we're with the people who live and work nearby, as well as others like us.

Also, other restaurants, which were memorable but not so totally outstanding?

Thanks!!! We're keeping your recommendations!

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4. Re: Dining in and around Sorrento

This restaurant is not fine dining but it is pretty authentic and the locals come in to collect their pizzas which are cooked in the big pizza oven. We always enjoy it. You can see the menu.

illeonerosso.it/TGourmetDelight/indexita.html

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5. Re: Dining in and around Sorrento

Mostly travelers from Australia, England and Wales. We also liked Old Taverna Sorrento. The owner/hostess is very kind. We had great gelato one afternoon and came back for dinner.

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6. Re: Dining in and around Sorrento

Sorrento is a holiday town so most people eating out will be on holidays, not locals, and many will be from other countries. There seem to be quite a few British visitors, even a "pub" and you hear a lot of English spoken.

I make quite a generalisation here, probably to be shot down in flames, but most Italians eat at home, en famille, and may only go to restaurants for a very special occasion such as entertaining special guests. Of course they eat out on holidays but not a great deal locally.

That said, we enjoyed La Lanterne Due, especially the antipasto buffet where they charge by how high you heap the plate. Lots of beautiful home made food, wine by the carafe. We also ate in Il Buco which is very upmarket food, very good indeed.

The Foreigners Club is great for views and maybe a pre dinner drink. It has recently been revamped so I can't speak about food quality but the views are amazing. The hotels on Piazza Tasso are expensive for drinks but that is the place for early evening people watching. But you will be surrounded by visitors.

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7. Re: Dining in and around Sorrento

We ate here last July: www.ristoranteilborgo.it/english/index.htm

6 of us ate and drank for about 6 hours, and the cost was ~215euros. It was our wedding reception dinner, so i think we got a bottle of wine or two on the house which helped.

All 6 of us who ate there, and had stayed in a few places in Italy, agreed that it was the best meal we had.

The owner, Antonio, will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel for absolutely free as well.

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8. Re: Dining in and around Sorrento

Locals Restaurants:

Zio Sam's up in the hills above Sorrento - speciality of seafood with linguine in foil parcel. We took a taxi & the driver sat with the owner (Uncle Sam) while we ate then drove us back down into town afterwards.

Da Filippo - the local football team piled in after a successful match - Italians love their football!

La Tagliata in the hills overlooking Positano. No menus, just dish after dish of fresh produce and carafes of house wine - stunning panoramic views. Family run - you can see the different generations working in the kitchen.

You will enjoy the public transport - especially fighting with the local 'Grandmas' to get a place on the bus!

At the weekend locals flock in from Naples to take coffee in Sorrento but think you will find in the main you will be mixing with fellow tourists.

NBB.

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