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Sample Local Delicacies in Sorrento - From Fresh Seafood and Authentic Pizza to Innovative Gelato

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Sorrento's position on the Bay of Naples and within the province of Campania puts it squarely in the heart of what many consider to be Italy's gastronomic center. As is the case with most of the country's cuisine, fresh, local ingredients reign in dishes that date back generations. You can expect fresh fish, vegetables, and pastas, as well as traditional Neapolitan pizza.

Typical dishes

 

Seafood is the star of most Sorrento menus, and octopus salad and frittura di paranza (fried local fish including shrimp, anchovies, and squid) are sure hits. Other must-haves include pizza and buffalo milk mozzarella.

Seafood restaurants in Sorrento

 

When you pull up a chair at a seafood restaurant in Sorrento, you can be sure of one thing: the fish was probably pulled from the sea mere hours before you arrived. Whether you choose your fish grilled, fried, or baked, be prepared to have it arrive on your plate fully intact, so brush up on your deboning skills. In the case of fried fish like anchovies and sardines, just pop them in your mouth without a second thought to bones or heads - they're a delicacy and this is how locals eat them.

 

  • Taverna Azzurra, Via Marina Grande 166, Sorrento 80067; Tel: +39 81 877 2510; Website: Taverna Azzurra
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  • Ristorante O'Puledrone, Via Marina Grande 150, Sorrento 80067; Tel: +39 81 012 4134; Website: Ristorante O'Puledrone

 

Trattorias and pizzerias

 

If you're looking for a casual dining experience that offers all the tastes synonymous with Italian cuisine, you can try one of Sorrento's many trattorie or pizzerias. At the rustic and inviting Trattoria Chantecler, you can order up a plate of gnocchi alla Sorrentina, made with tomato sauce, mozzarella, and basil, which is the reigning dish of the region. For a slice of true Neapolitan pizza, head to Da Franco pizzeria, widely considered the best in town, for a thin-crust topped with tomato, arugula, parmesan, and mozzarella di bufala.

 

  • Trattoria Chantecler, Via Santa Maria della Pietà 38, Sorrento 80067; Tel: +39 81 807 5868; Website: Trattoria Chantecler
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  • Da Franco, Corso Italia 265, Sorrento 80063; Tel: +39 81 877 2066

 

Upscale dining in Sorrento

 

Sorrento's proximity to glitzy Capri means it attracts an exclusive crowd that seeks equally as upscale food. You can dine at one of the city's 5-star hotels, or head to a local favorite like Il Buco. Housed in an old monastery, this restaurant infuses traditional dishes with innovative flair, like spaghetti with anchovies, nuts, and lemon. Be sure to visit the colorful cellar and sample from one of hundreds of vintages. L'Antica Trattoria has a romantic garden setting and serves delicacies like fried, stuffed zucchini flowers, and risotto with scampi and fresh mint. Finish off with some local limoncello liqueur.

 

  • Il Buco, Marina Piccola 5, Sorrento 80067; Tel: +39 81 878 2354; Website: Il Buco
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  • L'Antica Trattoria, Via Padre Reginaldo Giuliani 33, Sorrento 80067; Tel: +39 81 807 1082; Website: L'Antica Trattoria

 

Gelato in Sorrento

 

If you're able to walk through Sorrento's historic city center without being lured in by one of its many counters offering up an assortment of gelato, you have a will of steel. But why deny yourself? Especially when you can go to Primavera Gelateria and choose from classics like dark chocolate, hazelnut, and strawberry, as well as innovative concoctions inspired by savory pairings such as gorgonzola and pear, and spaghetti with zucchini.

 

  • Primavera Gelateria, Corso Italia 142, Sorrento 80067; Tel: +39 81 807 3252