We stumbled upon this lovely restaurant while in Paestum for the afternoon. After walking by earlier and seeing that it was fairly busy during lunch (while all but one other restaurant in town was closed) we went in for an early dinner, not realizing until after we left that they were actually closed between lunch and dinner seatings, but they graciously welcomed us anyway. We loved being the only ones in the place, and found the waiter and manager very accommodating, simply letting us know there was no pasta available at that time. We were really looking for any place to eat, and found ourselves nestled in with relaxing soft jazz music, an extensive wine room, and cozy atmosphere, which set the stage for the best and most refreshing meal we had in two weeks in Italy.
Bypassing the extensive offerings of gourmet meats and cheeses and local wines, we opted for two small sides: a simple bean soup along with an artichoke cheese flan, served with a basket of the most delicious fresh breads. The food was all fabulous. Who knew bean soup could be elevated to such a delicious tasting yet simple dish? And the artichoke cheese flan was beautifully served and simply delectable! We cheered our good luck and enjoyed every bite. Unable to resist dessert, the tiramisu was served with hot coffee and biscotti, each item the best I’ve had. The espresso was full and rich and not at all bitter, no sugar needed, the tiramisu light and creamy and not too sweet, and even the biscotti was fresh and perfect. They even wrapped the left over bread up for us to take away.
I imagine people driving into Paestum just to eat at this restarant, and it would be well worth the trip. Such an unexpected and welcome treat. If you are anywhere near Pasteum, definitely stop in, whether you are a meat lover or not.