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RESTAURANT OF THE WEEK
This is the premium restaurant at the fabulous Excelsior Vittoria Hotel in Sorrento. As you can see from the picture below, the hotel is perched on a big cliff. Down below is the blue Mediterranean Sea and not far off is the always threatening Mt. Vesuvius. The Isle of Capri is not far off in the distance across the sea but out of view.
While this is a wonderful hotel it is admittedly a bit on the stuffy and well healed side. And you feel this attitude while dining here. The waiters were decidedly on the pushy side and looked at us with a frown because we didn't appear to be millionaires. Really! That's the feel we got.
For starters my wife selected a lemon risoto. Creamy rice with a rich lemon sauce. Sorrento is famous for lemons and you'll see them included in many dishes. I started out with a king prawn pasta dish. Both were excellent.
For my main course I chose tuna in a marsala wine sauce. While nicely done, this was no dish for a hungry person. I'd wager to say it was probably a two ounce serving! My wife chose the rolled beef in a tomato sauce and pronounced it so-so. Since we both went with "set menus" they included a selection from the dessert trolley.
One odd thing here is that no prices are listed and you never, ever see a bill. You wait until check-out and your final hotel bill is printed up. Turns out this evening, without wine, set us back 41 Euros each. While we're not cheapskates, this was a little high for the amount of food served. The best thing about the restaurant is the view.
Interestingly while the restaurant servers were unfriendly and bordering on rude, the rest of the hotel staff couldn't have been nicer. They personally show you to your room, etc. And it is truly a lovely, stately old hotel with beautiful grounds which lead you directly to the heart of Sorrento.
Reservations are a must at the Ristorante Panaramico or Vittoria Terrace as it's now called. Complete details on location, etc., are included in their web site here.
OTHER RESTAURANT REVIEWS FROM ITALY:
Afredo's - Rome