My husband and I recently returned from a two week vacation on Ischia and what a trip it was! When you are fortunate enough to spend an extended amount of time in one place, you really have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture and meet the locals. You also have the time to find and declare a favorite restaurant....and this was it...hands down! Daniela and Nando are the wife and husband team behind this extremely intimate (only around 10 tables, if you include the couple of two tops outside!) and simply appointed place. Seriously, it doesn't get more romantic than this, folks! Vintage bottles of Sassicaia and the like adorn various nooks and crannies. The interior walls are rustic brick and stone with classic red gingham tablecloths draped over the tabletops. Between the charming interior and the warm, welcoming people on staff, you truly get a sense of being treating to a gourmet meal, loving prepared in someone's home!
My husband and I loved the food and atmosphere so very much that we ate here three times over the course of our trip! Chef Nando has such a great sense of what to do with the abundance of fresh, local ingredients! Some of our favorite dishes included his tuna crusted in finely ground peanuts on top of tomato and basil cream, the spaghetti with sea bass ragu, dry tomatoes and skin scented with lemon and pistachio powder and his spaghetti with clams is among the best of the island (which says a lot, considering this dish is a favorite at many establishments)! And can we talk about the Limoncello please??? Truth be told, I am not a fan of his after dinner tradition BUT this Limoncello was brilliant! Much thanks to Daniela's Mother In Law as it is her recipe and thank goodness it is being passed down!!! Absolutely the perfect end to every meal we enjoyed in their place.
We will miss these guys so very much and look forward to our trip next year (I hope) where we will all meet again!
PS- you MUST have a reservation, especially during high season.
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