All trip along the Amalfi coast, we had been a little disappointed with the food offering. So when we found the restaurant, on the left at the end of the main street, just before the small clock tower, we decided the quality of the food might make up for the less glamorous look of the place - even though there was only one other couple there. By 9.30, the place was full. We were very pleased with the result, and ate there again the following night.
Both nights I had the "Tourist Menu". The un-invitingly named meal was EUR 20, for a starter, a pasta, a main course, salad, 1/4L wine and water. The sardines were excellent, the pastas were perfect (a little al dente, as I prefer) the veal was - well, veal. It's hard to mess that up, and it is always pretty much the same. (Nice lemons though.) My wife was even allowed to change her pasta to spaghetti aglio e olio.
The girl next to us had the "fish soup" which is more of a seafood platter. I think it was EUR30, but looked enough for two. Unfortunately I did not have it the second day, still being full after having had pizza for lunch. As I only had sardines and pasta, the owner didn't charge us for a 2nd glass of wine.
The a la carte menu is not expensive either. Draft beer is available - Tuborg - it is much cheaper than at the "posher" restaurants on the square. I did not see a wine list, but there must be one, as we did see a few diners with a real bottle of wine, instead of the house plonk. Which was not at all bad.
At Trattoria dei Cartari, we felt like we were eating in Italy, instead of at in tourist town.
I've given the restaurant 5 stars. I always rate places based on the surrounding options. Don't expect the Ritz, but for good quality food at a very reasonable price and a friendly local atmosphere, I highly recommend it.
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