Il Comandante, situated on the 10th floor of the Hotel Romeo on the port of Naples, delivered generally what was expected for one of two Michelin starred restaurants in Naples. There are three set menus and each of the dishes on the set menu is available a al carte. Two of the menus are themed - I think one is land, one is sea. The third is the chef's menu, which rather predictably (and somewhat disappointingly) promised an array of dishes made from market fresh ingredients selected that day by the chef, and turned out to be a selection of dishes from the other two menus. That aside, every course was delicious, especially the savory and rich 65 degree egg (order it and find out for yourself). One of the seafood courses was a simple selection of fresh seafood (prawns and fish) cooked to perfect tenderness with fresh greens and a turmeric sauce that complimented the seafood without overpowering it. The dessert was delicious, especially the fresh berry gelato. The service was friendly and mostly informal. The staff kindly spoke English to us, and the sommelier gave excellent wine recommendations - and, in true Neapolitan fashion, applauded our choice of a less expensive bottle rather than acting like a snob about it. We were seated in a smaller room with no view of the port, but we did have a nice view of the kitchen through a pane of glass, which suited us better at any rate. The biggest minus, in my view is that there actually is no bathroom. You have to get on the elevator and go down a floor to the bar, explain hurriedly that you are dining on the 10th floor and they sent you to use the bathroom... all a little more discussion about my need to urinate than I had bargained for when I stood up from the table and murmured "excuse me". So, this place is excellent, certainly deserving of praise (and, probably, the michelin star), and perfect for both groups of friends and romantic couples evenings.
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