We were in Ravello during off season in early December and it was rather difficult finding a restaurant. Cumpa' Cosimo was for us, a comforting find. While I have to admit that the meat dishes were average at best and the overall style of cooking was a little too salty for all our tastebuds (and might I add that our tolerance for salt is high by any standards), the two pasta dishes we've had here were quite stunning.The hand-made cannelloni and the crepes were fantastic - the combination of cheese, ham, sauce were just right, with fresh hand-made pasta that was not overly heavy on the palate. Pastas at this restaurant were the clear winner for us.
It was a quirky restaurant and we enjoyed very much our interaction with Neda, the restaurant matriach and the service staff. We received excellent service at Cumpa Cosimo in the two days we ate there. Neda offered us much hospitality and generosity. We were craving for mussels and thought they might be in plentiful supply, (Ravello being near plaenty of coastal towns) but we were wrong. Neda told us she would not serve seafood it it wasn't fresh and there were no fresh mussels to be had. But so strong was our craving that when we saw a bag of it in an Amalfi seafood market shop, we bought it and decided to try our luck with it with Neda. To our great delight, Neda agreed to cook it for us. She made a delightful tomato mussel soup dish (even thought it was on the salty side again, but so delicious) that satiated our craving. And she didn't charge us at all for the dish. We felt privileged to be at the receiving end of such generosity. Thank you, Neda!!
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