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“First-rate ingredients, presentation, ambience and service”
Review of Podere Rega

Podere Rega
Ranked #4 of 86 Restaurants in Paestum
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$47 - US$61
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 8 November 2014

On our first night in Europe, which was also my birthday, I wanted something special that was not too taxing for a jetlagged couple. Podere Rega was the perfect choice.

It took several calls from Canada before I could reach the owner: this is a small operation and in the off-season the staff may be minimal. When I reached the owner/ chef, she offered options for dinner. I took the simplest: "antipasti, frutta e dolce" for 35E p.p. including wine.

When we arrived at their lovely rural property -- access is along a cypress-lined lane -- we were warmly welcomed by their server and seated in a room in which, for the first hour, we were the only guests.

Without further ado, we were brought bread, then an astonishing progression of "small plates". Two local products were featured over and over: bufala mozzarella and various forms of pork -- salumi, guanciale and other home-made products. Everything but the salumi was freshly made -- prepared just moments before. Even the bread appeared to be straight from the oven.
Traditional recipes prepared with a keen eye to preserving authenticity, using only local materials yet given a stylish personal touch but the inventive chef, whom we were pleased to meet later in the dinner.

Though the dishes were very abundant -- indeed, an incredible bargain at the fixed price -- we never felt sated or overwhelmed and never felt we had crossed the line from gastronomy to gluttony. It was perfect, ending with a light dessert and -- if I recall correctly -- a small digestif.

From my notes, here were the dishes:
1. Two different pains de brioche, some crostini with herbs and a rice-filled bread made with smoked bufala mozzarella
2. Rustico "nests" filled with cheese and a phyllo pastry with zucchini and mozzarella
3. Mozzarella in carrozze -- fried, breaded mozzarella with a light herb sauce
4. Single vegetarian polpetta with a tomato sauce
5. Fried zucchini blossoms filled with ricotta
6. Three ample platters of salumi, all produced at the podere: Sorpressata di maiale, pancetta and mortadella
7. Toasts with guanciale di maiale (pork cheek) and walnuts
8. A platter of three individual mozzarella balls
9. Pureed eggplant with fried bread crumbs and strips of eggplant skin
10. A tower of zucchini strips mixed -- of course -- with bufala mozzarella

At this point the server offered us another dish, which we declined, going straight to:
11. Whipped ricotta and fig marmalade in a phyllo shell

Date of visit: October 2014
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1  Thank tedgale
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Reviewed 13 July 2013

The experience of dining at Podere Rega was the climax of the trip to the Cilento Coast and the visit to the majestic ancient city of Paestum. The setting is very beautiful and the food is excellent.
The menu is a variety of local dishes with the use of local produces and cheeses. Mainly the dominant freshly made Mozzarella di Bufala which originates in the area. Exquisitely prepared all the servings we had were fantastic. The wine list is equally good with very unique whites from the Coast and the Napoli province. The desserts list is heavenly with most of the selections prepared with the use of the local honey,as in the old traditions of the first inhabitants of the area which used honey as the "food of the Gods." The service is impeccable, professional and with the outmost attention to details, Nothing is missing at Podere Rega. Any visitor should plan a stay at this Agriturismo, which offers very comfortable rooms. Sunsets and sunrises are a must to see!

Date of visit: June 2013
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Thank Alan C
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Reviewed 24 May 2012 via mobile

Every dish we had was great from antipasti to dessert. We would have eaten here twice but we were only in paestum for a day.

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1  Thank Takishido
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Reviewed 14 August 2011

Already from the fantastic entrance with the long pine tree alley, you can tell that your evening is going to be special. Completely true! The many excellent prepared courses, the perfect chosen wine, the surroundings with the river, the mannor itself, the friendly and professional service - and the abricot marmelade(!) - are breathtaking. We were two families and had our best evening ever out of 9 days together in Paestum. A real food celebration presented with "passione" from the female chef, Taziana, (We love you!), who knows how to get the best out of the Italian kitchen. We wish we could keep this restaurant to ourselves, but are too far away, therefore if you're in Paestum: You have to eat at Podere Rega! Our best wishes from Copenhagen, Denmark

Date of visit: July 2011
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Thank Triptravel_DK
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Reviewed 24 July 2011

Go and be surprised. Italian food cooked with passion. Michelin level. We had a wonderful unforgetable dinner.

Date of visit: July 2011
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2  Thank kamhan73
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