Sunday, 30 August 2015

Mammà, Capri #MichelinStar

On our recent trip to Italy, as well as trying to find the ‘best pizza in Naples’ and eating in the local trattorie and alike, we ate at three 1 Michelin starred restaurants – Mammà (on the island of Capri), il Comandante (located in our hotel, Romeo) and SUD (in the nearby town of Quarto). We had also wanted to visit Palazzo Petrucci but it was closed for August.

The pick of the bunch for us was undoubtedly SUD but Mammà was also excellent – partly down to the food but largely thanks to the views and overall Capri experience.

Arriving on the island midmorning gave us enough time to enjoy a slice of traditional Torta caprese at the Piccolo Bar, the oldest of the four bars in piazza Umberto 1.

Mammà is located a short walk from the bustling “La Piazzetta” though a network of characterful medieval, vaulted paths – once inside, the view of the Marina Grande and the Gulf of Naples is breath taking – a delightful and memorable setting for lunch. 

We ate refined versions of local and regional favourites. The Parmigiana de melanzane was particularly good as was the Tagliatelle dish with its gossamer thin ribbons of freshly made pasta. Where better to enjoy a Caprese salad than in this setting on the island of Capri?

What Michelin say, ‘Just a stone's throw from the famous piazzetta, this charming restaurant decorated in Mediterranean colours bears the mark of Michelin-starred chef Gennaro Esposito. The focus is on the flavours of the Campania region while also paying tribute to traditional dishes from Capri.

Insalata Caprese
Caprese salad “Salad of Capri"

Parmigiana de melanzane
Augbergines parmigiana

Insalata de seppie finocchi e sedano bianco
Cuttlefish salad with fennel & white celery

Tagliatelle di pasta all’uovo con ragú bianco e peperoni gratinati
Tagliatelle with white ragú & gratinated sweet red peppers

Paccheri al ragú di polpo
Paccheri pasta with octopus ragú

Fritto misto con verdure di stagione
Mixed fried fish with seasonal vegetables

Zuppetta di melone cantalupo al basilica con sorbetto
Cantaloupe melon & basil soup served with sorbet

I recently discovered that Capri is twinned with Crosby in Merseyside, if you’re not planning a trip to Capri, why not check out Albina in Crosby.  

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