From start to finish this is a luxurious experience that doesn't feel pretentious. The views are amazing (even if you don't manage to get a coveted spot right at the window) and the atmosphere cosy yet special. The waiting staff are very polite and efficient and not over bearing. The menu is fabulous and the wine list the most extensive we saw in Amalfi. Make sure you get your red wine decanted (not only for a better taste but also because the decanters are fabulous!).
We ordered our water and wine and then received an amuse bouche of a chick pea puree with chilli, which although looked better than it tasted was still very good. Worth commenting on is the amazing selection of bread, the best I've ever experienced. Two types of bread stick (black cuttlefish ink and garlic and basil) and endless bread rolls, with tomato, anchovies, olive oil, and regular rolls and bread too, served warm and absolutely delicious. The butter is the best I've ever had, salted, from Normandy, and almost more like cream than butter, stunning!!! (And such a strange thing to comment on but worth the praise!)
The highlight of my dinner was the starter of crayfish (more like lobster) with a gin and tonic sorbet which balanced out the sweetness of the fish perfectly, and my husband enjoyed the perfectly cooked stuffed squid. Quickly cooked tubes of squid with slow cooked tentacles, perfect. My main course of fried fish was good, crisp and well cooked, with the prawns being the best part, followed by stuffed courgette flowers, calamari and white fish. The star main course was my husband's stuffed gnocci tubes, which were presented beautifully and were absolutely delicious.
A first for me was the complimentary desert amouse bouche which was a mouthful of perfect chocolate soufflé with raspberry coulis. After having this I regretted ordering desert, but when my 'end of the world' chocolate creation arrived I managed to find the room to finish it!! It was a chocolate sphere filled with fruit and sponge and as the waiter poured over the warm chocolate sauce (the best bit) the world 'melted'. The best bit about desert was that desert wine to compliment your choice is included, a lovely touch. I was given a ceramic souvenier to mark our visit, another nice touch.
All in all, this was easily the best food we had in Amalfi and I would not hesitate to recommend this restaurant to people who like their food.
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