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An Oasis in Ravello

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November 6, 2016 / Italian / By
Anna

The three day trip to Ravello was meant to be a chance to rest and recharge the batteries before returning to the demands of our large vegetable garden. I packed with this style of holiday in mind, so I did not take any 'walking' shoes. However, having explored the streets of Ravello, we discovered a walking path to Amalfi. The map suggested that it was an easy walk; so did the little tourist guides. It was called "The Valley of the Dragon" - that should have been a warning. Foolishly we decided to try it.

On the path we were joined by four Americans about our age, but they had the advantage of decent shoes. As it got hotter, we discovered that they had water as well. We had neither.

The path, apart from the first couple of hundred metres out of Ravello and onto the side of the valley was far from easy, even though it was downhill all the way. The steps were uneven and missing altogether in places, as were handrails. I won't go into the details, but just as I began to feel that I would not make it, we came across a public fountain providing much needed drinking water. So I made it to Amalfi, but was not impressed with the town.

I am sure it was superb once, before the traffic turned it into just another busy port in the hot sun. After a cool beer and a long wait, we took the bus back up the hair-pin cliffside road to Ravello, determined to treat ourselves to a good lunch as a reward for our heroic performance on the path to Amalfi.

We sidled into Pizzeria Vittoria - not a hard choice, by the way: it's TripAdvisor's #4 in Ravello. There were very few people in the first dining room, in fact only one other person. But we had read that it was good, so settled down to give it a fair chance.

It was way better than good. Squid stuffed with cooked vegetables started the feast. The langoustine risotto was sensational. This is a dish that we have pursued through Italy for years having had a memorable version in a village outside Lucca on our first visit to Italy fourteen years ago. This was every bit as good, maybe better.

It gets more difficult to remember for sure as the years go by.
We finished with a dish of salt encrusted cod that was moist and delicious.

Throughout our meal, a handsome young man had been making arrangements for the accommodation of a party of people he had arriving the next day. He was very particular that they get exactly what they were expecting and I speculated on whom he was preparing for - just the wealthy or the wealthy and famous. Well, I will never know, but he was certainly doing his job diligently at the same time as enjoying a lunch as good as ours. It seemed like a fine occupation. I hope to dine here again next year. 

Footnote - Pizzeria Vittoria is a restaurant that falls between the $$-street food/pub food and $$$-fine dining chink in the road, because it is much more than just a pizzeria. Quality wise, it's a 3; price wise it's a 2.5.

Pizzeria Vittoria

Country: Italy

Province/State: Campania

City: Ravello

Address: Via dei Rufalo 3

Zip/Post Code: 84010,

Location Tips: N/A

Phone: 089 857947

Website:...

Price Guide:$$$ (What's this?) N/A = home cooked meal,etc
$ = street food, fast food,etc
$$ = bistro, cafe, pub, bar,etc
$$$ = fine dining,etc

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