After tasting some liquor, we needed lunch. I had read about Bar Rita as being a good place to grab pastries and pizza. So Brad got another slice of Margherita pizza and I got a prociutto and cheese panini. Both were warmed up and oozed with cheese. The prosciutto in Italy is just out of this world! Makes everything taste better and just melts in your mouth; this panini was no exception! Surprisingly, I managed to hold back on ordering any pastries. Even more surprisingly, I managed to do this all through Italy. Guess I just wanted the savory things!
With going to Italy, I was so focused on planning the wine tastings we would do, that I forgot to research other possible tastings. And Sorrento is THE hot spot for limoncello! Actually it can't be called limoncello if it's not from Sorrento (or the other parts of the Sorrentine peninsula). I actually stumbled upon I Giardini di Cataldo, a limoncello factory/gardens, while flipping through a Rick Steves book. And of course I had to go! I was also intrigued by the prospect of tasting other liquors!
Reasonably Priced, Good Pastas, Good Wine, No Cover Charge
Would We Come Back?
Yes, it offered a nice change of pace from the typical seafood fare and the prices are good!
Inn Bufalito was a change of pace from what we had been eating in Sorrento, seafood. This place has an awesome atmosphere and even has heating lamps indoors so you'll keep warm all year long. They are known for their buffalo at this restaurant so we had to try it! We ended up trying buffalo 2 ways.
After our adventures in Anacapri, we needed to find some lunch. We were there on a Sunday so a lot of stuff was closed and all of the restaurants near the main square seemed beyond touristy; there was no way I was eating at anything resembling them. The restaurants that I wanted to go to were too far of a walk away. At this point, I was still thinking we might be able to do the Walk of the Gods so I was trying to rest my knee as much as I could for a day in Europe. As we got away from the main square, there wasn't too much going on and I decided that a good ol' slice of pizza would do. After all, we'd splurged heavily on seafood the previous day, so something quick and cheap was a good idea.
I had read that one of the must see places on Capri was Villa San Michele. I didn't read much except that it had beautiful gardens so I was of course sold. Turns out it is in the top 2 most visited spots on Capri (along with the Blue Grotto). So I was expecting some gardens, but this place is much more than that; it is a museum of Axel Munthe, a Swedish physician who first came to Capri in the late 1800s, fell in love with its beauty, and built a villa.
We didn't do a whole lot in Anacapri but probably my favorite part was the chairlift. It's kinda like a chairlift for skiing or snowboarding but it's just a single seat. It takes about 12 minutes to go from the city up to the highest point on Capri. It's really relaxing and you can just sit back and take in the sights of the landscape, the city of Anacapri, and the water.
Well we didn't get to go in the Blue Grotto but we did go on an awesome boat tour around the island of Capri on our second day on the Amalfi Coast, where we got to see the Grotto from the outside. Now when I say see it from the outside, you don't see much because the water level is so high that the opening is tiny!
On the tour you get to see the whole island and we got to see some of the things we hiked to from a different perspective, like Villa Jovis, the Natural Arch, Le Grotelle (where we had lunch the day before) and the highest point on Capri.
Good Service, Large Portions (especially of seafood in the pastas), Good Seafood, Good Wine, Free Limoncello Shot
Would We Come Back?
Absolutely!! The people and the food make us want to jump in a plane and go back now!
Let me start out by saying Delfino's has hands down, the best service at a restaurant in all of Europe!! Europe is known for its notoriously bad service at restaurants, but at Delfino's this is NOT the case. An awesome seafood restaurant in Marina Grande on the sea in Sorrento, Delfino's was one of our best experiences in restaurants in Europe! Or anywhere really. I'm pretty sure that this is a family run restaurant; two of the guys were brothers. They were awesome, along with a woman, all of whom made us feel like part of their family! And they all came to our table multiple times! There was always someone there, taking our plates and asking if everything was ok. Seriously, this NEVER happens in Europe! They were soooo attentive!
As I was doing research for the trip, I realized that Capri was the place I wanted to go to most in the Amalfi Coast. The fact that it is small means that it's easy to navigate around, and even if it would take quite a long time to walk from point A to point B, it would still be doable - in other words, there is no need to hire a driver for anything, like we would have needed to do in order to do the Walk of the Gods.
There are 2 main towns in Capri - Capri and Anacapri. Capri town is the main town and filled with the most tourists and expensive designer shops. Anacapri is a 15 minute bus ride away and is supposedly less touristy (but in my opinion it felt more touristy). When you arrive in Capri in Marina Grande, you can take the funicular up to Capri town (as it is on a hill) and start your exploring from there. We headed to Villa Jovis first and then headed toward the Natural Arch.
Katherine & Bradley
Two engineers with a passion for food and travel! Join us as we eat our way through the world!