It is not only the stunning views over the Bay of Naples, Mount Vesuvius and the Amalfi Drive that you will remember after visiting Sorrento. One of the things that you will find even harder to forget is the local cuisine. The food alone is a good reason to visit this corner of Italy. Simple tasty dishes of Sorrento are based on the ingredients that the fertile land of the Amalfi coast and the sea provide: olive oil, citrus fruits, tomatoes, wine and fresh seafood. Try some of these traditional dishes in good local restaurants and trattorie prepared by chefs who often use recipes passed from generation to generation.
Spaghetti con le noci
Spaghetti pasta is tossed in a sauté mix of olive oil, garlic, walnuts and anchovies. Sorrento is famous for its walnuts (noci di Sorrento) that have been cultivated here since ancient times. This dish tastes the best when made with Sorrento walnuts.
Seppie ripiene alla sorrentina
Stuffed calamari is one of many local seafood based recipes that has been perfected through generations. The calamari are stuffed with a mix of eggs, parmigiano cheese, mozzarella and raisins and cooked over a low flame with tomatoes. Delicious!
Gnocchi alla sorrentina
This simple pasta dish is one of the most famous in Italy. The soft gnocchi are dressed with generous amounts of local oil and served with tomato sauce, pieces of local fiordilatte mozzarella, parmigiano and fresh basil.
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Saltimbocca alla sorrentina
Meat lovers will appreciate this exquisite veal-based dish. Thin meat slices are oven cooked with prosciutto ham, tomato sauce and mozzarella. You can find saltimbocca in many eateries served as a main course or as fast food in a panino.
Babà al limoncello
In Sorrento the famous Neapoletan cakes babà is given a local twist. Instead of rum, these mouthwatering spongy cakes are soaked in limoncello, a liqueur made with locally-grown fragrant lemons.
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