We had the pleasure of visiting the lovely island of Ischia in September for a day. We were fortunate to have a driver take us all over the island. One of the things we asked of him was to have a nice leisurely lunch on the beach. Gabbiano Beach did not disappoint. From the moment we arrived, we were greeted with open arms and seated outside on the sprawling terrace next to the beach. The tables offered ample room and did not bump up against the next table. Within moments of being seated, a server was over to take our drink order. Our driver had recommended some of the local wines, so my husband ordered a bottle of local red.
Another server brought over some of the fresh fish on ice caught that day. We knew instantly that we wanted to share a whole fish.
To start, we ordered a pizza margarita as we usually start all our lunches in Italy. Having just been into 5 days of our 13 day trip to Italy, this was by far the best pizza. It was light, with fresh mozzarella accompanied by a light drizzle of local olive oil. Next we moved onto the seafood pasta for each of us. Probably a little too ambitious, but we are foodies and love to eat. It was the most beautiful presentation we’ve ever had; the plate was so visually appealing. It was served with fresh pasta, shrimp, claims, mussels and octopus with garlic, parsley, olive oil and butter. Truly amazing. We could have stopped there, but we had a whole fish coming. The fish was caught that day and served with mixed vegetables and potatoes. It was presented and the server de-boned and split on two plates for us. Not having room for dessert, the server recommended some pineapple to cleanse the palate. I’ve never seen such a lovely presentation of pineapple. This was followed by a complimentary apperitivo made in house.
After lunch we sat outside and enjoyed the lovely view and finished our wine and prosecco. This was truly a memorable experience for us and so happy we were able dine here. On a side note, we were never given a menu at any point during our lunch. Normally we would not have accepted this. But we were happy to enjoy the experience and let the server make the recommendations. It was apparent that the driver brings his patrons here all the time. Make sure you ask for a menu. I would be happy to return to Gabbiano and would recommend to anyone. Price point was on the higher side, but considering everything you get is fresh (fish/seafood), it’s well worth it.
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