Destination: Italy: Capri
As in many European resort towns, there’s an established ritual to dining on Capri. It starts as soon as the last day-trippers head back to the mainland, when locals and visitors based on Capri emerge from hiding. Evenings kick off with people watching over an aperitif at one of the outdoor bars in the piazzetta, like Al Piccolo, and continues with a late dinner, which is followed by drinks, dancing and serious partying. If you make a reservation for dinner before 9 P.M.—and during the high season, be sure to have a reservation—chances are you’ll be sitting in an empty restaurant. Many places shutter between November and April; there’s no official reopening date—this is Italy, after all—but after Easter you can generally count on the main restaurants’ being open.
TIP: Especially at the smaller family-run restaurants, ask about the daily specialties instead of ordering à la carte. Many of the menus are extensive, but the best and freshest choices are the pastas and the seafood prepared that day. Also, as quaint as the idea of vino da tavola sounds, if you’re an aficionado, ask to see the wine list. House wines tend to be light affairs, and considering you’re in the Campania region, you can find fantastic local wines that are still decently priced.
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