Destination: Italy: Amalfi Coast
Don’t be put off if all you hear spoken around you at Cumpa Cosimo are English, German and French; this Ravello classic has been around so long that it’s become a must-stop for lunch or dinner. Despite the somewhat orchestrated setting, the food is very good, especially the generous portions of homemade pasta. Cumpa Cosimo is a great choice for families traveling with kids in search of an easy, relaxed meal. If the weather is nice, however, a place like Villa Amore, with a terrace and sea views, is preferable.
Lovingly run by local brothers Hugo and Bruno, the restaurant of this small family-owned hotel near the Villa Cimbrone, with a fabulous terrace and sea views, serves up simple and delicious local specialties. Off the beaten path and a ten-minute walk from town, it’s also less touristy than, say, Cumpa Cosimo in central Ravello. Charming Hugo, who runs the front of the house, must be one of the only restaurateurs in town who doesn’t speak fluent English, and his patience with my broken, virtually nonexistent Italian was a favorite moment during a recent trip (we managed to communicate just fine, and I even learned a few words). Don’t bother with a menu; simply order what’s fresh and homemade that day. Kids will love the large portions of fresh pasta and rich desserts, including velvety tiramisu.
For an easy lunch or dinner with kids, head to this no-frills restaurant, which specializes in tasty thin-crust pizzas—made in a wood-burning oven—and homemade pasta. Save room for dessert, which includes a variety of homemade cakes and pastries. Reservations, especially for lunch, when Ravello is a popular destination with day-trippers, are essential. Closed Tuesday.
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