This is our second time in Italy, though our first time in Southern Italy. And while I did slightly dread the number of tourists we would be surrounded by (sadly, we are here during August and here during the August 15 holiday, and throngs of both tourists and locals was going to be virtually guaranteed) I was still hoping for some of the same type of beautiful magic we discovered on our first trip to Italy.
Throngs aside, we DID find the magic. After checking into our hotel in Anacapri and then strolling the streets and riding the chair lift (which you absolutely cannot miss while you're here!), we checked out the trusty tripadvisor.com for the best reviewed restaurants in the area. L'Angolo Del Gusto was so well reviewed we thought it almost too good to be true. So we strolled down into the small square where it was located and had a seat.
First, the small square itself is a magical place. While the surrounding streets are lit with the modern lights of tourist trap-style stores, the main square is simply a couple of lovely restaurants flanking a beautiful old Church. And in the square were many local children playing futbol back and forth and laughing with Italian glee. It felt like a scene from 'Cinema Paradiso', the cinematic classic (which I feel is essential viewing--aside from Felini films--for anyone traveling to Italy) which, to me, is one of the most romantic and beautiful films of all time.
The restaurant itself is no frills. Simple and to the point in appearance. A few tables and chairs out front with a perfect view of the square and its Italian glory, and a few inside. But the sense of family comes forth immediately. It is literally a mom and pop and two sons running the place (and of course their sweet little dog Prince). They all take turns going to all the tables to take orders and check in. Wihtout hesitation they also bring out a couple of chef selected mini-appetizers (which seem to change for every table) and glasses of Prosecco on the house. Nice touch. But sometimes you wonder when that sort of thing happens if that's just a case of diversion from what will ultimately be mediocre meals. NOT the case.
The food, service, care...EVERYTHING was fantastic. The review could not have been more accurate. And while the food was great, it was truly a mixture of the kindness and care of an obviously close-knit and loving family (they were also so nice to allow me to practice my Italian) with a magical and truly Italian setting that made this feel like a transportation into a period of the past where time stands still and love is eternal.
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