We've all seen Italians that pretend to be family run with a history stretching back decades and mum being the best cook. Donna Rosa is a delight and after eating out at some of the best restaurants that Sorrento (Il Buco) and Sant'Agnello can offer during our stay, this was the only one we visited more than once. The nearest we've come to traditional authentic home Italian cooking with great service.
Firstly though a warning as if you are looking for a traditional restaurant with stuffy table service and fast food, then this isn't going to be for you. Donna Rosa is set on out on the street in a covered area. The food comes from a small kitchen in the building opposite and the pedestrians are able to walk in-between both, occasionally stopping to check the football score on the television, which is situated on the side of the building, especially if Napoli are playing. This might be a little unusual for some eaters but stick with it as the family feel will win you over with the delightful food on offer.
Mum runs the kitchen and can deliver flavours from just a handful of ingredients with ease, whether it is a first, main or desert, or the excellent daily specials. The tiramisu is a must, the pizettes (mini deep fried pizzas) are great and the sauces and vegetables are, well, taste if for yourself. During our visits, our eyes and taste buds were opened to new possibilities with Italian food.
While mum controls the kitchen a couple of her sons handle the service and treat you as one of your own; they are happy if you are enjoying her cooking as well. You may have to wait a little longer than some may appreciate but with the relaxed atmosphere, entertainment and great prices all round including cheap table wine, peroni on tap, you'll want to thank the family for their efforts and go into the kitchen to thank mum. For under 50 euros you can have a 3 course meal for 2 with drinks and still walk out with change. Donna Rosa is a great experience and was a highlight of our trip to Sant'Agnello.
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