Only living as a local can you truly find the best of anything. Time is too short when you’re flitting from one museum to the beach and then to the spa. So, while living in Sorrento, I discovered the top places for great food and fast food and they are off the beaten path from the main square.
There are too many to include in one list but these are my Top 5 restaurants for a good, quick bite in Sorrento and you can walk to all of them from the heart of the city…no car needed.
1. Bar Rita (Corso Italia 219) – where do I start here? I am hooked on the polpette di melanzane (eggplant meatballs) and arancini (rice balls), but try the pannini also…and don’t forget to end it all with a cannoli con cioccolata.
2. Pizzeria da Franco (Corso Italia 265) – You know the pizza is good when locals line up outside this tiny place, day and night, and they can often be seen carrying not one or two, but three or four pizza boxes for takeaway.
3. Villa Rubinacci (Via Correale 25) – A local friend tipped me off to this place while other locals have never heard of it. That’s probably because it’s off of the Corso, off the beaten path, and down the side alley of the Hotel Eden. I ventured in one rainy autumn night and practically had the place to myself. The staff was attentive, the food was excellent and I’ve been back several times since, never disappointed. It’s also good to know that is one of the few Sorrento restaurants that’s open all year. And for the gluten-free foodie travelers, there are menu items to make your mouths water!
4. Bar Paradise (Via degli Aranci 71/73) – This is the place to go for a morning pastry and a coffee if you’re a soccer fan. They live and breathe SSC Napoli at this pasticceria and bar. The locals gather here on game day, often spilling onto the streets, so it must be good! If you’re getting off a bus or train, just walk toward the back of the station plaza and up the steps. Bar Paradise awaits on top.
5. Ristorante da Gigino (Via degli Archi 15) – This place is actually in the heart of tourist central, just off the main shopping drag of Via San Cesareo, but it’s so off the beaten path that even my local friend didn’t know about it. When we arrived, the place was jammed with tourists and locals alike. The place is festive with strolling musicians…the service was good even though the place was crowded…and the pizza was terrific!
Please realize that in a city like Sorrento, these are by no means all of the restaurants, nor the best restaurants but these are where the locals go for great food at affordable prices.