2 Authentic Places to Eat in Italy

This is the REAL Italy

Author: The Traveling Professor/Tuesday, August 23, 2016/Categories: Italy

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What is the criteria for an "authentic" Italian meal?  Here are the guidelines The Traveling Professor uses:

  • Momma is in the kitchen
  • Home-grown vegetables
  • Cheeses and meats come right from the farm
  • Family-style dining
  • Wines are from the family vineyard
  • Served by family

I have two restaurants that meat that criteria:

Fattoria La Tagliata:   On a cliff overlooking the Amalfi Coast and Positano, this fattoria (translation:  farm to table, Italian style) restaurant rates an 11 out of 10 for the view alone.  It's a pay-one-price for the spread of antipasti, first course of pastas, second course of meats, and desserts.  My favorite starter is the eggplant, chickpeas and mozzarella cheeses.  My favorite pasta is ravioli of course.  Everyone loves the fusilli with pumpkin too.   If there is room, the grilled meats like t-bone steak, grilled rabbit, sausage and lamb can't be passed up.   Desserts usually consist of home-made cakes finished off with limoncello.

Cantina del Vesuvio:   Perched on the breezy hillside of Mt. Vesuvio is Cantina del Vesuvio.  The wines have been cultivated in the volcanic soil as well as the tomatoes and basil that make up the absolutely delicious and refreshing food served up here.  The menu consists only of wines, cheeses and a large bowl of pasta, but it is something not to be missed.   The expansive patio provides an overlook of the Bay of Naples.  Diners are treated to pourings of their best wines.   A plate of cheeses is the teaser leading up to a large bowl of home-made pasta covered with the freshest red sauce you have ever tasted.   This is the best way I can think of to spend a long, sunny Sunday afternoon.

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