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Amici Miei  

"Friendly" eggplant...

There’s fine meat (but no fish) at this family-run place, which values simple elegance. Paccheri Amici Miei is a stalwart eggplant-gorgonzola pasta dish. Simple veal steak (lombata) is delicious; they get good cuts. — Angela Della Notte

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Via Monte di Dio, 78, Naples, IT-NA Map
Tel. 081.764.4981/6063
Closed Sundays

Antica Osteria Pisano  

Gnocchi and homemade desserts.

Pisano offers an interesting two-fer. It’s absolutely Neapolitan but you can actually ask to see a menu (as opposed to having it dictated to you by a loving but imperious owner). Good gnocchi and abundant pasta. The secondi are workmanlike. The homemade desserts are delicious. — Angela Della Notte

Piazzetta Crocelle ai Mannesi 1-4, Naples, IT-NA Map
Tel. 081.554.8325
Closed Sundays

Antica Trattoria La Campagnola  

Overlooking Piazzetta Nilo.

The best thing about La Campagnola is the large outdoor seating area and grumpy waiter Raffaelle. If your Italian isn’t great, check the blackboard for the day’s dishes or ask for a menu. Very good gnocchi alla sorrentina, linguine alle vongole, and mixed fried fish, plus great friarielli (a wild green found only in Campania). In Naples’ historic center, La Campagnola is a good for those with few euro and a fascination for people-watching. No credit cards. Open Monday-Saturday for lunch; Tuesday-Saturday for dinner. Closed Monday evenings and all day Sunday. — Michael Sedge

Piazzetta Nilo, 22, Naples, IT-NA Map
Tel. 081.5514930
Closed Sundays, Closed Mondays

Aurora-'O Canonico 1898  

Pizza and fine dining next door.

Fifty kinds of wood-oven pizza in an air conditioned venue. Honestly, that’s all you need to know about Aurora, particularly in July. You can also find gnocchi as well as most Neapolitan seafood favorites. If you want something other than pizza (which in this part of the world is a thick and doughy carb-machine), walk in one door down, into fish'n'pasta-heaven O'Canonico, a full-fledged restaurant with all the trimmings: same ownership, same complex. Both have outdoor tables. Closed mid-January for a month. Advice: stay away from desserts at pizzerias. Walk to the nearest ice cream store. 'O Canonico offers homemade limoncello, however. Closed Monday in winter. — Cristina Polli

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Piazza Tasso, 10, Sorrento, IT-NA Map
Tel. 081.878.3277
Open Daily


The Queen's Pizza.

"Where pizza," goes the motto, "is a piece of history." Fair enough. Brandi, just off Via Chiaia, was founded in 1780 and credits its early ownership with the creation of the pizza Margherita. The pie was made for Queen Margherita (Maria Teresa Giovanna di Savoia, wife of Umberto I) on a visit to Naples in 1889. On subsequent trips the Savoy monarch would phone ahead (not quite) and ask the owners to have the ingredients brought by cart and donkey to her home away-from-Rome, Palace of Capodimonte. If you’re wondering about the history of the Italian tricolore flag look no further than the piazza, red tomatoes, green basil and white cheese. And yes, it tastes good. Overall, Brandi is an above-average eatery with most every Neapolitan specialty. For something different, try salsicce al forno, baked sausages. — Angela Della Notte

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Salita Sant’Anna di Palazzo 1/2, Naples, IT-NA Map
Tel. 081.416928
Open Daily

Buca di Bacco  

Greek whites in Capri.

Don't make the common mistake. This is not the more upscale Buco di Bacco of Positano. Instead, it's a fairly simple fish, seafood, and pizza hole-in-the-wall that operates in the once-upon-a-time style of a trattoria — they give you their best. The whited, Greek-style vaulted arches give the place its inner flavor. If you have doubts about seafood and meats (don't), grab a Pizza Napoletana (the kitchen skink) and relax. The restaurant is at Via Longano 35 — a street that leads from Piazza Umberto. — Katrina Maiano

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Piazza Umberto I, Capri, IT-NA Map
Tel. 081.837.0723
Closed Wednesdays

Crowne Plaza Caserta  

Fine dining in Caserta.

Chef Francesco Franceschini produces elegant, innovative flavors and lovely presentations. Sophisticated international cuisine is served upstairs in an intimate room (75 settings). Shrimp on layers of eggplant with raw celery, peppers, basil and shredded ginger laced with balsamic vinegar was the perfect antipasto to stimulate an appetite at the end of a hot day. Homemade local pasta, scialatielli, made with nero di sepia (cuttlefish ink) superbly paired with bitter wild chicory, intense flavors balanced with mussels, pine nuts, and tomatoes. Tuna was perfectly grilled with a rosy center. Local straw-colored white wine, Fiano di Avellino 2004 by Villa Diamante was intriguingly complex and refreshing, a perfect match with dinner; its aromas of grass, pineapple and grapefruit prelude a fruity taste permeated with smoky undertones. The cassata for dessert was excellent. Budget-minded locals enjoy the chef’s bravura at lunch on weekdays when he prepares traditional dishes at bargain prices served in the larger Main Restaurant across from the indoor waterfall. Basement parking. From the Reggia (Royal Palace) follow the wall alongside the train tracks to Caserta’s modern industrial park. — Judy Edelhoff

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Viale delle Industrie (area ex-Saint Gobain), Caserta, IT-CE Map
Tel. 0823.523.001

Da Cicciotto  

Da Cicciotto's cave.

One of the city’s best fish restaurants built into a Posillipo cave. It’s a port joint all the way, founded in 1942 by Vincenzo Capuano (Don Vincenzo to you) for the crews of fishing boats and their families, as well as the malavita that ran the docks. The food advertises itself: carpaccios of every imaginable kinds: shrimp, prawns, mussels, assorted raw fish. Lobster linguini (aragosta) is a good prelude to grilled <>calamari. The straw chairs you see in summer aren’t seasonal: They’re year-round. Best to come here in summer, where you can look at Vesuvius and toward Capri from the outside tables. Wash your seafood down with Falanghina. The restaurant offers a free boat shuttle service. Call 338.380.9375. — Angela Della Notte

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Calata ponticello a Marechiaro, 32, Naples, IT-NA Map
Tel. 081.575.1165
Closed Sundays

Da Gemma  

Graham Greene's favorite...

This gem — la mamma's name was Gemma — has been around since 1936 and is located off famous Piazzale Roma. There’s a huge bar full of mixed vegetables and other antipasti. Pizza is moderately priced. Wait staff is very, very polite and helpful. Was author Graham Greene's hangout in the time he spent on the island ("The unadulterated simplicity of Gemma’s restaurant was a stable factor that helped make the island agreeable to Graham," Shirley Hazzard wrote in "Greene on Capri"; another world...) Located at Via Madre Serafina, 6, two minutes from Piazza Umberto I. — David Amory

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Piazza Umberto I, Capri, IT-NA Map
Tel. 081.837.0461/837.0386
Closed Mondays

Da Gennaro  


Gennaro's doted-on restaurant offers capable Neapolitan fare but can feel like a summertime accessory to celebrity sightings (read Tom Cruise, but some names are far more faded). Celebrity luster is admittedly part of the Amalfi Coast’s lingerie Dolce Vita, but lingerie isn't edible. Nor does it pay the check. Gennaro (the man) is cheerful and pleasant, which is a big plus. Spaghetti alle vongole and linguine all'aragosta are staples, and cooked creditably. The restaurant is located on the port, incorporating some of its clutter and hubbub. So, the question becomes: What’s missing? Closed November through mid-March. — Katrina Maiano

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Via Porto, 59, Ischia, IT-NA Map
Tel. 081.992.917
Open Daily

Da Michele  

The M&Ms — that's it...

Fine Naples traditional pizza. Princes and paupers show up for the no-frills classics — margherita or marinara, no other toppings. Wood-burning oven, white and green tile walls. Dining alone not a problem. Price varies according to quantity of mozzarella. Pizza and beer (alas, no wine) comes to €7. Lunch-dinner nonstop. Always packed, prepare to wait. (You'll find it at the corner of Via P. Colletta in the Tribunale district). — Judy Edelhoff

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Via Cesare Sersale, 1/3, Naples, IT-NA Map
Tel. 081.553.9204
Closed Sundays

Da Paolino  

Under the lemon trees...

You’ll sit under oodles of lemons at this very popular restaurant also known as The Lemon Tree. Go hungry otherwise you won’t make it past the immense buffet of antipasti. Try the spaghetti con patelle, linguine with mussels, spaghetti with rucola and clams or rigatoni with zucchini flowers. Select your own fresh fish. And don’t forget the limoncello. Best to take a taxi since the restaurant is very difficult to reach on foot along the hills. Reservations essential. Dinner only in summer. — Kelly Carter

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Via Palazzo a Mare, 11, Capri, IT-NA Map
Tel. 081.837.6102/838.9410

Dal Tarantino  

Treats from the sea...

A tiny Pozzuoli establishment run by colorful chef Gennaro Bisci. The restaurant’s motto is "treats from the sea," and that is exactly what you get. Ask about the catch of the day and don’t go too heavy on the antipasto, because it’ll just keep coming until you’re stuffed. Call ahead to reserve. — Matt Santaspirt

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Via Puteolana Maria,20, Naples, IT-NA Map
Tel. 081.526.6290
Closed Tuesdays

Don Alfonso 1890  

Prepare to be pampered...

Tagged as the best restaurant in southern Italy and one of a handful in the country to have earned three Michelin stars (in 2000 and 2001; down to two in the last few years), chef Alfonso Laccarino is behind this masterpiece (he’s now executive chef at the Hotel Aldrovandi's "Baby" in Rome). Ten kilometers from Sorrento on the peninsula separating the Gulf of Naples from the Amalfi coast, the restaurant uses its own organically-grown vegetables and olives for oil. The old/nouvelle menu is inventive and fanciful, to wit: white fish in vanilla-raspberry sauce and pumpkin croquettes. Expect to spend €200 or more a head, depending on wine choices. — Monica Larner

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Corso Sant’Agata, 11, Sorrento, IT-NA Map
Tel. 081.878.0026
Closed Mondays


Where's the beef?

It looks like Little Polynesia, kitsch and quaint, with tables in huts covered by awnings and wisteria leaning close enough to whisper. Sadly, kitsch and quaint aren’t edible, nor is wisteria, because what is on the menu is workmanlike at best. Faraglioni is a Capri fashion victim: Too well-located and too available to undiscerning tourism. My straccetti con gamberi e pomodorini (shrimp and cherry tomatoes in a green pasta) was overcooked and my lobster a skimpy example of a robust species. Bills are far too high. All in all, mediocrity that's pretty to behold. Closed November-March. — David R. Deropolous

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Via Camerelle, 75, Capri, IT-NA Map
Tel. 081.837.0320
Open Daily

Gli Archi  

Dinner, sea in sight...

Located inside the historical Bellevue Syrene hotel, Gli Archi is open in winter, which is a treat. It offers both stupendous service and tantalizing dishes such as smoked swordfish with mushrooms and celery salad, gnocchi with aubergines in a parmesan cheese basket on light pesto sauce and wild strawberries in a scooped out orange for dessert. An above-average hotel restaurant in a lovely setting. Reservations recommended. — Kelly Carter

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Piazza della Vittoria, 5, Sorrento, IT-NA Map
Tel. 081.878.1024
Open Daily

Il Grill  

Isolation is plus on the Domiti

Hidden between a forest of umbrella pines and the sea, this resort restaurant just north of Naples on the Domitian Riviera is an oasis away from chaos. Popular with Europeans (mostly Italian, British, and French during my visit), Americans come, too, for the golf course, tennis courts, and the lovely pool. Even when days are hot, evening dining outside is pleasant. The raw shrimp tails on a fruit salad of melon, pineapple, and kiwi had a kick from peppercorns (€18). Pescatrice (frog fish) with pumpkin gnocchi stayed light cooked in a fish broth.

If you don’t see what you want on the menu, ask: you don’t have to feel sheepish if a spaghetti Bolognese is really what you crave. The cool white 2006 Alois Pallagrello wine was fine with its hint of minerals and crisp finish. The champagnes (€65-180) and Italian sparkling wines (€35) were tempting. Watermelon was the perfect finish for this diner, but the dessert cart offers many temptations. A daily economical menu (€25) offers primo, secondo, and dessert. Here isolation is a plus: the funky Domiziana Road strip just to the north on one side looks like a Nigerian shantytown, but the opposite side is lined with some of the earth’s best mozzarella shops. Come here for lunch, then stock up on the “white gold” on the miracle-mile of mozzarella less than a kilometer to the north. Or come for dinner, relax and play all weekend in the compound. — Judy Edelhoff

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Via Domiziana km. 35, Castel Volturno, IT-CE Map
Tel. 081.509.5150

Il Grottino  

Quiet grace in Capri.

How can restaurant so lacking in the ostentatious — it’s just a neat, large room off a narrow street — be so strangely magical? Maybe it’s a case of vive la difference all’italiana. On an island of stunning vistas, this is a down home place that offers solemnity, quiet, calm, and very good food. Those simple virtues offset its lack of outdoor tables and breathtaking views. The Arbace family has managed Il Grottino for seven centuries and it hasn’t changed much since 1970, about the time restaurant shed its celebrity status — once upon a time the Kennedy family came here, as did Jacky O. and Ginger Rogers. It’s a quick walk from Piazza Umberto, serves Naples and Campania staples (gnocchi, fish, and many fine fried and can’t miss breaded mozzarellas). Some tourists find Grottino’s service aloof. Others cite arrogance. They’re a minority. In fact, it’s a stylish little remnant of a place that catered to a well-dressed, sophisticated "tourist" clientele, and suffers its absence with difficulty. Closed November-March. The restaurant is at Via Longano 9 — a street that leads from Piazza Umberto. — Christopher P. Winner

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Piazza Umberto I, Capri, IT-NA Map
Tel. 081.837.0584
Open Daily

Il Quisi  

Air from the sea...

Chef Stefano Mazzone of Capri’s cappo di tutti capi luxury hotel takes a light, nouvelle approach to seafood, making some of the Meds heavier fishes delightfully airy. The arrival of the hotel’s newest restaurant, the street-level Rendez-Vous, probably gave Mazzone a few tips, with its sushi-influences. Scallops, for example, are "tinted" lightly with broccoli, parmigiano and Modena Balsamico. Lobster gets gnocchetti, foie gras has an escort of brown sugar, rose leaves with rhubarb compote and raspberry coulis. Honey and black pepper spice up pink duck breast while veal is caramelized baby onions. It's top-of-the-line luxury that with good wine is rich going, to the tune (a la carte) of €150 and up. Prix fix menus are lower. — Katrina Maiano

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Via Camerelle, 2, Capri, IT-NA Map
Tel. 081.837.0788
Open Daily

Il San Pietro di Positano  

Views to sigh for.

When your restaurant is Michelin-starred, such as the one inside this famed luxury hotel nestled in enormous jagged cliffs (in the Lattari Mountains) facing the sea and preferred by Julia Roberts and other celebs, a detailed introduction is superfluous. Belgian chef Alois Vanlangenaeker, a longtime Italian resident, pays respect to local taste and penchant for freshness by using carefully selected raw materials. Many of the vegetables served are grown on site (the place makes its own olive oil). Chef’s suggestion is updated daily. Incredible views, inside or on the terrace. Overall, the menu is continental with an Italian touch. A decade ago, an average meal cost you $100 in tow. Now, feel free to multiply by four.

Major credit cards. Reservations essential. Open for lunch and dinner, April 1-Nov. 1. — Kelly Carter

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Via Laurito, 2, Positano, IT-SA Map
Tel. 089.875.455
Open Daily

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