Tastes of Cilento (Italy)
During my stay at the Approdo Resort Thalasso Spa in San Marco di Castellabate (Italy) I had the chance to dine at the Donna Elvira Restaurant since 1952.
The restaurant is located inside the resort in front of the tourist harbour.
The restaurant opened its door in 1952 serving mainly fresh fish from the boat arriving in the harbour.
It is the same philosophy that has inspired today’s menu. The setting tables are located on the garden terrace, the light is remarkably soft with a candle on each table.
The atmosphere is relaxed and romantic, in the background, you can hear the waves of the sea.
Staff and service
All of the team members were professional and attentive.
The menu has been well presented as well as each dish that has been served.
The cuisine is Italian, in particular, the dishes are composed of local products from Cilento where tradition is the focus.
The chef is Gerardo Manisera.
We have decided to eat the tasting menu called “Essenza”, an 8-course meal to enjoy the full experience of the freshly local sourced ingredients. You can find each dish below.
As a welcome gift, we have been offered a glass of bubbles.
Bread and oil
The selection of bread included grissini, the loaf with mother yeast and little gems with rosemary. The Olive oil comes from the Cilento region
A skewer of Parma ham, seared and stuffed with Buffalo mozzarella, served with melon jelly.
Low-temperature cooked octopus tentacles with potatoes and olives
Mezzi Rigatoni Pasta with Courgette flowers, Buffalo Mozzarella Cream and Almonds
Spaghetti, Buffalo Butter, Anchovies and Tasty Bread Crumbs
Cod, black and white chickpeas and peppers
A scoop of artisanal ice cream with almond and mandarin
Ruffled tart with Rum-flavoured Buffalo Ricotta mousse, Pears and Chocolate
Chocolate with caramel and sea salt, white chocolate truffle, basket with custard and coffee beans.
If you are looking to taste the real Cilentana kitchen look no further, this restaurant is the right place. The location is perfect for a romantic dinner and if you are staying at the resort I strongly recommend dining here.
Positive note: the dishes are cooked with respect for the local ingredients
Negative note: I think in the tasting menu should be added a meat course
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20 September 2022
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