The late RW Apple, the New York Times' famous traveling epicure, once declared Don Alfonso the best restaurant in Italy, and it remains a gastronomic giant. The restaurant, a sort of southern Italian Chez Panisse—pioneer in upscale farm-to-table cuisine—grows all its own produce on a small farm nearby. The operation is a family affair, with mama (Livia) in the dining room and papa (former chef Alfonso Iaccarrino) these days tending to the organic plot. And now their sons have moved into the business—one as head chef, the other maitre'd. The menu reflects this generational shift, with classic dishes listed beside more edgy inventions. Delicate cheese ravioli topped with a ragu of house-grown tomatoes, might give way to more contemporary fare like fried lobster nuggets or sea urchin ice cream with rose fettuccine.
Jul 3, 2011
Can't wait to return here again!! Was here with my family for 50th Anniversary celebration. Please read my trip report under the blog section. The food, hotel, and people were so amazing it was like a dream! The decor thru out the entire hotel is so charming, I wish I could buy the antiques and recreate it here in the US. Was able to purchase some of the vietri ceramics made exclusively for Don Alfonso their local olive oil, honey and jam from
the store. The visit to the farm was a highlight to see the vision behind all the incredible meals. The Iaccarino family and staff at Don Alfonso will make you feel like family. It's a MUST if you are planning a trip to the Amalfi Coast.