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Organic Garden Restaurant in Ravello

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September 19, 2016 / Italian / By
Anna

Villa Santa Maria

After a long hot summer in a substantial kitchen garden and a house bursting with visitors, the Tall Guy and I decided to take a well earned rest and go on a little inside-Italy trip. We love the labours of the garden and value our guests as much for their willingness to eat the produce as their company, but a holiday was needed. So we packed as little as possible, tossed it into the car and headed for Ravello with the undisguised intention of eating and most especially, eating fish.


Ravello is an unusual town for the Amalfi coast as, although it is perched on the hills high above the sea, it has a large, flat central heart where the main churches and commerce areas are located. Having had a perfect Italian breakfast of croissant and coffee, we were exploring some of the small and somewhat steep little streets that lead out from the town center when we came across a lovely looking restaurant situated on the edge of a cliff out the front of hotel. The view was mostly of the valley beyond but with a glimpse of the sea. Idyllic really!


Then we found right beside the the hotel that there is a massive organic kitchen garden that supplies the restaurant we had just been admiring. After twenty minutes of examining the techniques used to bring water to the plants, admiring the size of the pumpkins, health of the tomatoes and lushness of the basil, we headed back to the restaurant and booked a table on the balcony for lunch. We did not know it at the time but according to all the usual instant arbiters of "where to eat" - Tripadvisor, Yelp, Foursquare et al - we had chosen one of the best restaurants in Ravello.


One of the starters was a mini feast of three different kinds of fish, all of which were delicious. But the best was a lemon leaf with a dollop of tiny fish, some form of fry, flash-cooked in a hot oven with a splash of olive oil to stop them drying out. The lemon leaf imparted a subtle lemony tang to the delicate fish.


We both decided to have secondi (pasta or rice) rather than a meat or fish main. It was only lunch after all. I had a dish pasta, warmed fresh vegetables and seafood, while TTG chose a paella rather surprisingly. I guess sometimes it is just nice to something that is a little different.

We were both delighted with our choices. Washed down with a bottle of local white wine and eaten slowly while enjoying the view, it was a perfect meal. It was also one of the most expensive meals we have ever eaten in Italy - almost €150 all up, but once in a while, it's worth spoiling yourself. Of course Umbria, where we usually live, is so much less expensive than the Amalfi coast.
I am already planning next summer's trip to Ravello.

 

 


Villa Maria

Country: Italy

Province/State: Campania

City: Ravello

Address: Via Santa Chiara

Zip/Post Code: 84010

Location Tips: N/A

Phone: +39089857255

Website:villa maria ravello resta...

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

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