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The Amalfi Coast, Capri, and Naples Restaurants

Al Grottino

Updated 10/22/2013

Fodor's Review

This small and friendly family-run restaurant, which is in a 14th-century building handy to the Piazzetta, has arched ceilings and lots of atmosphere; autographed photos of famous customers cover the walls. House specialties are scialatielli ai fiori di zucchine e gambaretti (homemade pasta with zucchini flowers and shrimps) and linguine ai scampi, but the owner delights in taking his guests through the menu of regional dishes.

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Via Longano 27, Capri Town, 80073, Italy

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Restaurant Details:

  • Closed Nov.–mid-Mar.

Updated 10/22/2013


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Mar 21, 2009

Most Experienced Al Grottino Customer

I was surprised to read the comment by cynthster from Virginia regarding Al Grottino Restaurant. I have been acquainted with this charming restaurant since 1958 and have always been treated with the utmost courtesy. The owner and his father-in-law go out of their way to make guests comfortable and offer suggestions regarding the excellent cuisine. I have seen rude and obnoxious customers treated with respect even though they did not deserve it.

I have not found Al Grottino's prices to be out of line with the rest of the restuarants on Capri and portions have always been quite substantial. Although I am not an avid fish eater, I have always found the fish at Al Grottino to be excellent and have never heard a complaint about any of the food. Yes, I am a satisfied customer and have always recommended Al Grottino to anyone I know who is going to Capri. Afterall, you are on vacation-did you expect it to be free?

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Nov 18, 2007

Should Have Read the Reviews Before Going

We found the "owner" arrogant. Cover charge, for bread, was more than any other restaurant in the two wks we were in Italy. Glasses of house wine were exhorbitant. Plus, in addition to the 15% gratuity, there was an additional .68 euros, which, when we questioned, was "for the boss." Fish special was 14 euros and barely edible. Two Americans next to us cancelled the rest of their meal after having the fish and stated loudly as they walked out

the door, "the fish was terrible."

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By Martha

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Jun 11, 2006

Grotty welcome at Al Grottino

Fell upon this restaurant on wandering the side streets of Capri and looked promising but the proprioter lost interest in us when he discovered we were not American ! Firstly he tried to fob us off with a bottle of wine at ¬ 65 which was over priced. He shouted at us when we said we werent interested. He also applied the famous service charge of 15 % but the service was so bad that I would not have tipped this high anyway. The main fault was that

I had requested Ravioli and was served the famous Gnochi al pomodoro. He absolutely refused to accept this and said that as we were not Italians we did not know pasta like he did. The final straw was when the bill arrived and we were charged to gnochi and not Ravioli proving my point. He refused to accept this error and tried to talk over us. It was a most unpleasant dining exp and I would never set foot in the door of the place again which is trading on the famous photos outside the door of previous diners such as Jerry Springer, Teddy Kennedy and others. A fantastic find was Pulalli which over looks the bay and is right on top of the Piazetta beside the clock.

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By Jose

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Sep 25, 2005

Be careful

We were four and had lunch at this restaurant.We were very surprised by the prices that the owner charged. Just to seat we paid Euros 3,00 each for Coperto, then we had local wine by the glass 4,00 Euros each glass, after the meal (anti-pasti + pasta ) we ask for coffee (Euro 2,30 each) and the final touch was 15% service added to the bill. Conclusion we never came back and went every next days to the ristorante Pizzeria Aurora ( Via Furlovado).

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