Spent 2 days in Castel Di Sangro, in particular, to dine at Casadonna Reale. We both work in Manhattan and have dined at just about every Michelin starred restaurant in the city over the years. Reale was truly an exception, possibly the best meal we have ever experienced. We had the 11 course Ideale chef tasting menu for lunch on Saturday, along with the house vineyard's spetacular vino bianco, Pecorino. The restaurant is magical; simple, elegant place settings, minimalist, with all the focus on the food, detailed explanaitons of each course, in English. The view from the dining area over Castel Di Sangro was spectacular. Once in a lifetime experience, if you are a foodie, not to be missed. We will be back to stay at the Casadonna. Ciao!
I had read and told me a lot about Niko Romito and his food and life philosophy, and I thought I already knew everything. But when I went to Casadonna I realized that I knew nothing. This 16th century monastery is a contemporary temptation. Essential and rich, emotional and reflective, immediate and studied, just like Niko's dishes. The best cabbage of my life, a place with a great soul. Thanks Niko, thanks Cristiana.
Stayed at Casadonna coz wisely decided not to drive after the 14 course tasting menu with wine pairings. For once I had to switch to Waze coz Google map sent me to the wrong place up on a hill also with narrow roads with tons of potholes that turned out to be jogging /biking paths. Even though this is in a 16th century monastery, the room was modern with dual hamman showers for couples, the architecture and decor in the public areas were beautiful, it looked like it was straight out of a Wallpaper magazine. I thought my room (room 4) was very basic (ie bedsheets super wrinkled like my room back in college) and didn’t look as chic as in the official photos, really just ok because of the fantastic meal, the view was beautiful though. Even though I had to leave early and couldn’t stay around for breakfast, the fantastic staff packed me a huge bag of pastries for my morning drive to the next town. In sum, would definitely stay here because of the superb meal at Reale and the drive to get here was lovely too. …
We visited Casadonna Reale in September 2018 as we were touring Italy from North to South. We were looking forward to trying Chef Niko Romito's food in his 3* Michelin Star restaurant. For sure out expectations were exceeded. Everything was perfect, from the service, the environment, the facilities, and of course the Dining experience. Casadonna is private, exclusive and peaceful with a total focus on quality and experiences that any hospitality and food lovers should experience at least once.
The room we had was adequate size, nicely decorated, and had a wonderful bathroom. High quality linens, nice large windows looking out to the surrounding park setting. And top it off with probably one of the best breakfast servings we have ever had. We would highly recommend! Especially if you are having dinner at Reale.