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Best Eats in Ischia
Discover where to go when you're hungry for fresh seafood, rich rabbit, authentic pizza, and some good lovin'
Still, no one has ever come to the island and complained about the grub. Food and natural beauty, in fact, are the island's shining stars. While you can go just about anywhere to get a good meal (none better than at one of the native's homes), here are the places to savor some of the best Italian food you'll ever have:
Best Restaurant for Romance: Zi Nannina a Mare
Best Restaurant for Family: Trattoria Il Focolare
This place is a meat lovers dream, which is unique on an island where seafood often reigns supreme at restaurants Here, if you order ahead, you can feast on Ischia's signature dish, rabbit. Of course, that's only if you have room after the famous antipasto, which is a meal in and of itself. The fresh, made-from-scratch gnocchi is also top notch. And you'll be dreaming about this food for years after you leave Ischia (or maybe that's just me again).
Best Restaurant in a Hotel: Myage
Best Price: Ristorante da Ciccio
Those are just the stand-outs among the starters. The pasta dishes are sublime, and I've enjoyed many fish dishes, including a perfect swordfish that I still think about on rainy days. With the fishermen literally making their daily catches right outside the door of this restaurant, it only serves the freshest stuff. The best part? Four people can get an abundant sampling of antipasto, pasta all around, and a super-sized dish, such as the swordfish to share, for around 70 euro. Can't beat that in Ischia.
One of the most memorable meals I had here was simple and it wasn't even pizza. It was fried steak and potatoes with a green salad dressed in salt, olive oil, and one of Ischia's fragrant lemons, which found its way onto my meat, too. And we had one of the freshest, sweetest pineapples I've ever eaten for dessert. Since then, I've had pizza – classic Margherita – a dozen times, and each experience tops the previous one. That crunchy crust, sweet tomato sauce, and freshest of mozzarella is unforgettable. If you're not going to make it to nearby Naples to sample pizza in its birthplace, this is the next best thing.
Best Sandwiches: Dionisio
(WRITER'S NOTE: For full disclosure, I must tell you that I know the owners and/or chefs at most of these restaurants, and I have had free or discounted meals at almost all of them, so you can keep that in mind as you consider my suggestions. Of course, these are the best in my opinion, and you might choose others. And I wouldn't have put them on this list if I didn't truly enjoy the food.)
Di Meglio is the author of Fun with the Family New Jersey (Globe Pequot Press Travel, 2012), and you can follow her blog, Two Worlds, about life and travel in Italy and the United States.
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