Firstly, this review combines our experience of the bar and the beach spanning an entire day. The location on Fornillo beach is right in the center, sandwiched among other similar looking establishments. While we chose Bagni da Ferdinando largely because of the TA reviews of the food, the beach facilities were first rate, and included floaties/toys for the kids, as well as free wifi. The quality of the beach was so-so, water visibility wasn't that great (it was a blazing day with no wind, not sure why visibility wasn't much better), and the pebbles were relatively large sized so that traversing them without footwear was a challenge.
Our lunch, however, was delicious and the simple preparation relied on the high-quality of the ingredients. This was the case for the caprese salad and the fresh anchovies dressed with lemon and olive oil. This was our first meal encountering local tomatoes and local lemons, and they did not disappoint. Deceivingly, the tomatoes used were big, big like the dreaded beefsteak tomatoes in supermarkets. But these were what I imagine fresh san marzano's would taste like. The flesh was firm, but yielded easily to the tooth, and the flavor profile was a refreshingly mild tomato flavor (not watery though), with a dose of minerality, and a very slight hint of sweetness. Completely different from an heirloom tomato from the US (a lot juicier and sweeter). My experience tasting an Amalfi coast lemon for first time was similar. A mild lemon flavor, but none of the pucker-inducing acidity usually encountered in lemons, even lower acidity than meyer lemons.
All the other food we ordered for lunch, followed this vein. Simple preparation, incorporating great ingredients. Add to this reasonable pricing. If we were to visit Spiaggia Fornillo for a day again, it'd be here, but we are also seeking better water visibility.
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