Very nice veal scaloppine Marsala, cooked perfectly tender and richly-flavored, which I paired with a house red from the Naples area that was not only good but well-priced at 5 euro. With a contorno (vegetables, for which you pay extra), cheese platter for dessert, and two glasses of wine, my bill came to 42 euro, which I thought was okay considering the generally high prices in Capri.
Possibly since the restaurant was slack, the owner-manager took the time to chat with me, describing how his father had started the restaurant way back in 1937 (first as a small counter, attaining its present shape by the 1950s).
Many of the patrons seemed to be tourists who were coming back for the second time, which is surely some confirmation that this establishment, unlike most others in Capri, values good food and satisfied customers over making a fast buck. Indeed, after I had had two glasses of wine, I was offered a third one on the house - not many places in this town will do that.
To find Il Grottino, stand in the central piazzeta (beside the funicular) and look for the narrowest lane (about 2 meters or 6 feet wide) running out of it, on a slight upslope (all the other lanes are downslope). You will get to the restaurant within 2-3 minutes, on your left. It has no view, but something much better - pride in cooking.
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