Our first venture out of town.
We were lucky enough to already know a fun couple in the area who invited us to tag along to the beautiful town of Sorrento in the Amalfi Coast. Boy, was it fabulous. Sorrento is the birthplace of LIMONCELLO, is a short enough drive for a simple day trip, and it is the perfect taste of southern Italian culture. Think: winding roads along the coast with views of crystal blue water and the surrounding colorful old buildings. The locals were so kind and treated us like old friends.
Although many restaurants were closed during the off season, we were able to find a busy place down by the water. Our waiter spoke very good English and spent the majority of his time trying to make us laugh. He started taking our orders by displaying a small plate with a live crab, fish, and lobster almost sliding right off the plate into my lap and he insisted we should get the homemade pasta with lobster. I attempted to order pasta with beef and he made a look of disgust saying, “Oh no, no! With fish or lobster!” I have never been super adventurous with seafood so I changed my mind altogether and ordered the pizza with ham. When the food came, I had a plate of pasta with lobster in front of me. Realizing that he had made an executive decision against my original order, I just went with it. I was not disappointed! It was phenomenal. So incredibly fresh I could still taste the salt from the sea. But then the pizza came. We mentioned to the waiter that we ended up with one too many dishes and he exclaimed, “No problem! My present to you! No problem! I get box to go! Pizza can go in freezer.” What a guy!
After dinner, we sipped local liquid gold a.k.a. limoncello and retraced our steps back up the steep stairway that connects the beach to the town. I was glad I wore comfy tennis shoes because we walked about 15,000 steps in just a few hours. And to top off the night, we bought our limoncello, limoncello candies, and gelato. Because, balance. Cannot wait for the next adventure.
Ciao Bella xo,