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By Olivia Cuccaro | June 20 2017
Overlooking the Bay, Sorrento offers stunning views of Naples, Vesuvius and the Isle of Capri. The sea cliffs and winding Amalfi Drive draw well-to-do travelers into Sorrento’s coastline for sips of limoncello and flavorful Italian cuisine. The Sorrentine Peninsula is home to many fine dining restaurants, adorned with Michelin stars and heralded by locals and tourists alike for their authentic flair. These are our picks of the best restaurants in Sorrento.
Descend into the cellars of an ancient monastery to dine at the Michelin-starred Il Buco. Under a vaulted stone ceiling, Mediterranean-inspired dishes are served among bright, modern decor. A tasting menu comprises seafood courses like steamed lobster, seared scallops, linguini and fillet of local red snapper. Alternatively, the Land and Territory menu focuses on vegetables and meat for dishes such as homemade pasta with smoked cheese and sundried peppers and slow-cooked pork. An expansive wine list includes more than 1,000 domestic and international labels to savor in the heart of Sorrento.
In the Boutique Hotel Don Alfonso 1890, the two-Michelin-starred namesake restaurant serves up a taste of Sorrento in the kitchen. Located in a dazzling 19th-century Neapolitan building, the restaurant incorporates bold colors into the elegant setting where guests enjoy traditional fare that is crafted to stay true to the Neapolitan identity. Below, a pre-Roman tunnel encompasses 25,000 bottles as the Don Alfonso 1890’s wine cellar. Choose from 1,300 labels for a glass out in the garden complemented by a pasta dish. You can even learn to cook like the Don Alfonso chefs with lessons on everything from seasonal vegetables to shellfish.
For something truly enchanting, dine under the peaceful pergola at L’Antica Trattoria. Recognized with a Michelin plate, this charming restaurant is tucked away on Via P. Reginaldo Giuliani and offers guests a dreamy atmosphere filled with flowers outside and a warm, stately ambiance inside. The seasonal menu includes a starter, pasta dish, main course and dessert, while separate vegetarian, vegan and gluten free menus are also available.