I was looking for another restaurant when I came across this one. Actually, an elderly gentleman minding a baby called our attention to Tubba Catubba and at first I was wary. Travelling many times to Italy over the years, I have become somewhat cautious of babies as diversions (a clever gypsy trick) and I don't like being corralled into restaurants as some proprietors do in Rome. But certainly this old guy was no Roma and I was hungry. He was so glad I reconsidered and so was I. This restaurant is within easy walking distance from the exit gate of Hurculaneum -- just take a right and it's on a corner about three (?) blocks up. Most visitors to Hurculaneum are hungry after seeing the ruins and will ordinarily choose a conveniently located restaurant on the way back to the train station. Taking that right instead to Tubba Catubba will reward your efforts with delicious, simply cooked Neapolitan food. The style of cooking here -- often called cucina povera (poor man's cooking) or casarechhia (homestyle) or casalinga (mom's cooking) -- is my favorite because it is based on the simplest and freshest ingredients that are in season. This is the way Italy eats. Doesn't it makes sense to do what the locals do? You won't be missing anything in flavor. One dish served as a first course was pasta and potatoes. It was more like a thick soup. I was amazed at how such a mundane sounding dish could be so enjoyable. Our delight with all we ate brought out the whole family from the kitchen. We had a nice talk about food (nonna even shared the pasta recipe!!) and our Italian ancestry. They couldn't have been more hospitable. This was just the fuel we needed for a pleasant walk back to the train station after such a wonderful day exploring ancient and contemporary Italian culture (and cuisine). Oh, by the way the name of the restaurant has something to do with an insturment played in the old days when locals would dance the tarrantella.
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