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Acqua Pazza, Cetara

38 Corso Garibaldi
Italy 84010
Tel: 39 089 261 606
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Cetara is a fishing port in the true sense of the word: Rather than have a few gaily painted wooden boats pulled up onto the beach, this lively town east of Amalfi has a fleet of state-of-the-art trawlers that venture as far as the coast of Libya and use tracker planes to help spot the shoals. It also boasts a couple of seafood restaurants that are as good as—and much better value than—anything you are likely to find between Amalfi and Positano. Our favorite is Acqua Pazza (the name refers to a local technique of cooking fish in a court bouillon), a laid-back den down by the port where every meal becomes a sort of salon presided over by genial owner-chef Gennaro Marciante. Don't miss the delicate seafood antipasti or the linguine with colatura d'alici, a local anchovy sauce that is the direct descendant of the garum of the Ancient Romans. But don't turn up too early for dinner: Things don't really get underway here until after 9 pm.

Open daily June through August; closed Mondays September through May; closed December through January.

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