La Caravella, Amalfi
Tel: 39 089 871 029
Concierge.com's insider take:
Many tourists pass by Amalfi's best restaurant, put off perhaps by the lack of outdoor tables and the proximity to the main road. But inside there are two elegant marine-themed dining rooms with works of modern art by Vietri ceramicists, and gourmet seafood prepared by owner-chef Antonio Dipino. There's a six-course tasting menu, or you can choose à la carte from dishes such as risotto with lemon rind, prawns, and bottarga (mullet roe); or a fillet of the day's catch from the Gulf of Amalfi braised "acqua pazza" style in a broth that includes, alongside the usual onion, tomatoes, celery, and bay leaves, little bread cubes fried in seaweed. This is seriously creative stuff, not cucina di mamma. The ambience, the service, and the amazing wine list (the cellar holds over 15,000 bottles) all rise to the occasion.
Open Wednesdays through Mondays January through October.