Which foods are Sorrento known for?

A little gastronomic guide on what to eat in Sorrento?

Authentic Italian food is more than just pizza, pasta, and wine; Italian food and gastronomy is an art, and it is attached to people’s heart. Traditional cooking methods and genuine ingredients are the secrets of the table where Italians demand quality food.

Italian dinner table with Sorrento ceramics plates
Italian dinner table with Sorrento ceramics plates

Italy’s culinary traditions have been passed down from generation to generation. They include deep-rooted traditions common to all of Italy and a variety of local cuisine. Each region in Italy has its specific ingredients, making them different in taste and cooking techniques.

Sorrento is a small town in southern Italy in the Campania region, facing the Gulf of Naples under Vesuvius, a sun-drenched village filled with the fragrance of lemons, olives, and delicious food. It is one of the most famous Italian tourist destinations, attracting visitors worldwide for its natural beauty, charming lanes, history, authentic atmosphere, and fascinating culture. But to enjoy Sorrento, it is necessary to taste its traditional cuisine.

Let’s go:

Gniocchi alla Sorrentina
Gniocchi alla Sorrentina

Gnocchi alla Sorrentina – is one of the most popular dishes in the area, heavenly delicious baked gnocchi (a type of pasta) with tomato sauce and melted mozzarella, topped with freshly grated Parmesan and fresh basil leaves, an authentic dish made with only four main ingredients.

 

Spaghetti alle Vongole
Spaghetti alle Vongole

Spaghetti alle vongole is another favorite dish with only two main ingredients, clams and spaghetti. It’s a seafood dish perfect with a glass of Italian wine.

 

Linguine allo Scoglio
Linguine allo Scoglio

Linguine allo scoglio is a long pasta that goes perfectly with seafood. Allo scoglio from the rock is a variety of seafood, such as mussels, squid, shrimp, and clams.

Caprese Salad – The true classic of Neapolitan cuisine, this colorful and delicious summer dish is the perfect marriage of fresh mozzarella, sun-ripened tomatoes, fresh basil, and olive oil. The authentic recipe for Caprese salad does not call for balsamic vinegar.

 

Homemade Parmigiana di Melanzane
Homemade Parmigiana di Melanzane

Another traditional dish from the region to try is the eggplant parmigiana. This flavorful dish consists of mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce, and slices of fried eggplant topped with freshly grated Parmesan and fresh basil leaves.

 

Squid Sorrento style
Squid Sorrento style

Sorrento Squid This tasty and filling second-course dish is made with fresh squid stuffed with eggs, mozzarella, grated cheese, and breadcrumbs, then cooked for an hour in a fresh tomato sauce.

Polpo alla Luciana Octopus alla Luciana is also part of this land’s gastronomic culture, cooked in an earthenware dish with cherry tomatoes, garlic, olives, and capers.

La Treccia di Sorrento
La Treccia di Sorrento

La treccia di Sorrento- This braided, pale yellow, soft, and stringy type of mozzarella is Sorrento’s most famous cheese, which is an essential part of the Insalata Caprese, gnocchi, and other delicious dishes of the region. La treccia is made from cow’s milk or buffalo milk. It can be smoked, which gives it a mild smoky flavor. The cheese is often eaten independently, with prosciutto, salami, or a vegetable salad.

Il Provolone del Monaco – is a semi-hard cheese in the shape of a melon, produced from raw cow’s milk in the Sorrento peninsula’s most crucial milk production area. The cheese is distinguished by the exceptional quality of the curd, with a sweet, buttery taste and a pleasant, spicy finish that intensifies with age. Provolone del Monaco is an excellent table cheese and a perfect accompaniment to aged Italian wines and orange marmalade.

 

Homemade Limoncello
Homemade Limoncello

When Life gives you a lemon, make Limoncello. If you have ever heard of it, Limoncello is the traditional bittersweet liqueur that symbolizes the Sorrento and Amalfi coasts—made with just four ingredients: lemon peel, pure alcohol, sugar, and water. (If you’re in Sorrento, Limoncello is a must.

 

Delizia al Limone
Delizia al Limone

A small dessert born in Sorrento is Delizia al limone or lemon delight. It is a sponge cake in the shape of a dome sprinkled with syrup based on Limoncello, filled and covered with a custard flavored with lemon.

Sfogliatella Santa Rosa- a classic shell-shaped cake, crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside, enriched with delicious custard and sour cherries, is an authentic cake of the Sorrento pastry tradition.

And, of course, Her Majesty the PIZZA – It is good to know that the PIZZA was not born in Naples; nevertheless, Naples is the city that gave her the identity and glory we know today.

Sorrento’s best pizzerias are Vasame in Piazza Lauro (add maps), Da Franco, La Pizza, and Cucina di Antonino Esposito in Sorrento’s Marina Piccola. You won’t be disappointed no matter where you eat your pizza in Sorrento.

Pizza Alla Diavola at the Vasame
Pizza Alla Diavola at the Vasame
Pizza Margherita family size at Vasame
Pizza Margherita family size at Vasame

The following is a list of charming places in Sorrento where you can enjoy good food and breathtaking views.

Pasta: There are many places in Sorrento where you can eat a good plate of pasta, and you will enjoy it no matter where you choose to eat a plate of pasta.

Fish and Seafood: Most restaurants have trays of fish caught that day, but this place serves fish straight from the boat: Da Bob Cook Fish Restaurant. This beautiful, modern, ocean-themed restaurant serves delicious seafood-based dishes. You can enjoy fresh seafood or pasta with clams. And guess what? They also make fish parmigiana.

Other excellent seafood restaurants can be found in the Marina Grande village, a picturesque Sorrento fishing village with many small family restaurants on the beach with views of Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples.

 

Gourmet food: Visit IL Buco, Terazza Bosquet, and Lorelei to enjoy a gourmet meal on vacation. My favorite is Lorelai. The view is stunning, and the food is divine. (Describe Lorelai) and Villa Pompeana.

Cocktails and views – my favorite part of the day. Imagine sipping a cocktail on a terrace overlooking the Gulf of Naples and Mount Vesuvius while watching the sunset behind the island of Capri. You can enjoy the evening from the bar in the garden of Villa Comunale, from Peter’s Beach in Marina Piccola, from the terrace of the Garden Hotel Sant’Angelo, from the rooftop bar of the Hotel Mediterranean and the bar on a balcony in Sant’Angelo, and the Colona bar in the Lorelei and Londres hotels. Another trendy place with good cocktails is downtown Sorrento, called Danton, a boutique bar with a fantastic interior overlooking Piazza St. Antonino, St. Antonino Church, and the Town Hall.

Fast food: There are a lot of Street food places for a quick bite like a Panini, kebab, freshly baked fries, pizza in a wallet, or finger food. Of course, every bar in the city has some food, but if you’re looking for a quick bite for lunch or dinner, Piazza Lauro has a charcuterie and wine shop, a Panini bar called N’hambu, and a kebab place called N’hambu. In addition, Piazza Lauro is also home to the Argentinean BBQ restaurant, with its delicious meats, and the best pizza place in town, Vasame.

Brunch: The best brunch in town is at Radical Bar, where you will find the best choices. With delicious Avo toast, fruit bowls, mocha lattes, and pink cocktails and mocktails, this bar is a charming place for a fancy brunch.

Another excellent place to eat anything from breakfast to dinner is the Bar Ercolano in Piazza Tasso, Sorrento’s main square – the perfect place to meet people and watch the crowds enjoying music and good food.

 

Gelato is another must-try in Italy. There a plenty of good Gelato places here in Sorrento; almost every bar has a selection of Gelatos. One of my favorite gelaterias is David. They have a vast selection of flavors; gelato spaghetti, waffles, and other sweet stuff, and this place are an absolute gelato heaven; they do Gelato making classes too.

Cooking classes- the cooking classes teach you how to cook traditional Italian pasta and local dishes from Nonna’s books recipe (Granny). It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or already know how to cook Italian pasta. The cooking classes are for everyone who wants to taste the local cuisine, learn new skills, discover secret techniques, and have fun.

Some Tips:

  • Every bar in Sorrento has a selection of small pastries, croissants, or pan brioches for breakfast. Some have a full menu with plates of pasta, Panini, and local fried foods. In addition, most bakeries offer an excellent breakfast, brunch, or lunch in addition to bread.

  • If you are traveling with children, remember there is something for the little ones in every restaurant. Even if your child is on a special diet or has other food preferences, this is not a problem; talk to your waiter or waitress, and he or she will be happy to accommodate your wishes.

  • When ordering at a restaurant in Italy, before you order off a menu, ask your server for the freshest ingredients they got that day. Remember that cooking and eating in season are at the heart of the Mediterranean diet and lifestyle, and restaurant chefs love to improvise when they got something fresh on hand.

I hope you will find my little gastronomic guide useful for your stay in Sorrento, and I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Thank you for visiting, and enjoy Sorrento.

Svetlana Hristova

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