Destination: Italy: Capri
One of the oldest restaurants on the island, in the center of town, Aurora continues drawing crowds thanks to its excellent thin-crust pizzas and an elegant yet congenial ambiance. If you can’t get a table on the terrace, which is always mobbed during the high season, ask to be seated in the luminous small back room that overlooks orange and lemon groves. As in many of Capri town’s restaurants, the walls are adorned with photographs of famous past clients (a marketing tool with mixed results: down the street, the photo of a grinning Jerry Springer in front of another restaurant actually deterred my husband and me from trying it). Order house specialty Pizza all’Acqua, a white pizza topped with mozzarella and peperoncino.
EDITOR’S NOTE: THIS RESTAURANT IS NOW CLOSED.
Graham Greene loved this old-world restaurant tucked in the back alleys of Capri town (he reportedly even attended owner Gemma’s funeral service in 1984). There are two spaces: a more casual pizzeria, which specializes in thin-crust pizzas, and the main restaurant, which has views of the sea. There’s no real outdoor seating (only a small covered terrace), so Da Gemma is a good bet for a rainy or cold day. Indagare Insider Margherita Bilenchi, who counts this among her favorite three restaurants on the island, says: “Typical local cuisine. Terrace with view of the Gulf of Naples. The antipasti bar is delicious!” Closed Monday.
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