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Sapri: Lucifero

Phone: 0973-603-033

Reviewed by: Hanan from Israel, review #169

When: 2002

Good restaurant at the seaside.

Directions: Just off the Corsa Garabaldi in the middle of town.

Sapri is a pleasant town at the northeastern corner of the Gulf of Policastro, near the border between Balisicata and Campania. We followed the advice of a Slow Traveler who’d visited southern Italy, and asked three locals to point us in the direction of the best trattoria in town. It was unanimous: All aimed us in the direction of Lucifero, which bills itself as "un diavolo di ristorante" (a devil of a restaurant). We were a little disappointed when a couple of the more interesting items on the menu weren’t available (to be fair, we arrived around two, when there were just a few diners in the place. And in early October, the Policastro gulf and the area to the south are winding down, after a summer season that fills the area with a largely Italian clientele). When I couldn’t get spaghetti with cozze e fagoli, I settled for just the mussels. The delicate red sauce allayed all my disappointment. The fritto misto and the local grilled fish were also perfectly prepared, as were the contorni of mixed salad and green beans.

Lucifero is a good, solid choice, which might be much better (and more crowded) in high season. Because of its location in the middle of town, though, it lacks a view. But you can have that by walking two blocks over to lovely beach, almost in the middle of town. On a warmish fall day, the water may be too cold for a dip, but you can still take off your shoes and walk in the soft sand.

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