There’s a tiny little piazza off Sorrento’s main square of Piazza Tasso. It’s just to the right of Bar Ercolano and it’s called Piazza San Antonino. It offers a bunch of hidden gems like La Piazzetta Guest House and Ristorante L’Abate and hidden down the side street to the Tarantella theater is La Basilica Ristorante (Via San Antonino 28, Sorrento). As a solo diner I happened upon it quite by accident, not realizing the al fresco dining was down the alley. My taxi driver “highly recommended” I try Ristorante Caruso…..”It’s the best and most romantic restaurant in Sorrento.” So, when I saw the Caruso sign pointing down the alley, I assumed that’s what I happened upon, when actually it was its sister restaurant, “La Basilica.” (That happens a lot in Sorrento)
I ordered a risotto di mare from the regular menu and it was quite salty and just average in a country where risotto shines. The waitstaff was pleasant but everyone in the tourist trade tends to be along the Amalfi Coast, where women dining solo draw a lot of attention at any restaurant. I ordered a glass of dry house wine and it was barely drinkable. The total check came to €29 inclusive of tip (approx. $42.00), which was highly over-priced for an average risotto, bad wine and a bottle of water.
There was a pleasant singer-guitarist, Tony from Capri, who provided entertainment, which was a nice touch but sorry to say I cannot tell you to run to this restaurant. It is just an average eatery in close proximity to one of my favorites, L’Abate.