The romantic in me loves the mystery and allure of a secret garden and Ristorante O’Parrucchiano in Sorrento is once such treasure. O’ Parrucchiano (Corso Italia, 71) is hidden in plain sight on the main drag. It’s easy to miss but enter its courtyard and that’s only the beginning of a delightful dining experience.
The menu offers a variety of southern Italian specialties, everything from risotto to paccheri con zucchini, not to mention the traditional Canelloni, which was first made here in 1870. In this city full of tourists, the menu is translated into several languages, although the helpful, yet unobtrusive staff is ready to assist.
This night I tried the calamari casserole. The fish was cooked to perfection in a light marinara sauce but it wasn’t baked, so I am still wondering why it was called a casserole. Sides are separate and I tasted deliciously light potato crouqettes. My friend was quite pleased with her steak, which was so big it barely fit the plate. Needless to say, with so much food we sadly didn’t have room for dessert.
The sweet treat, however, is the restaurant itself, serving guests since 1868. Once inside, you enter a magic garden full of romance and the perfect lighting to set the mood. It truly brings the outdoors in.
Brides looking for a destination wedding venue in Sorrento need look no further than Ristorante O’ Parrucchiano. It even has its own parking lot, another rarity in this tiny Italian city.