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Ravello: Ristorante Pizzeria Vittoria

Via dei Rufolo 3 , Phone: 089857947

Reviewed by: Tessmar from CA, review #3983

When: 2012

Quiet and refined little gem

We ate at two restaurants recommended in the Frommer's Guide to the Amalfi Coast. The first was La Brace in Praiano, a supposed “great find.” We were not impressed with either the view, which mainly overlooked the parking lot of the hotel across the road, or the quality of the food. The pasta was chewy and undercooked, the “local wine” tasted metallic.

But for a batting average of .500, and if I weighted the score on quality more like .750, Pizza Victoria in Ravello more than made up for the mediocrity of La Brace. We ate al fresco in a secluded little side patio shielded by white walls, the shop belonging to the restaurant, and greenery from what is already a quiet pedestrian street.

We had only main courses and no antipasti. I ordered a stuffed grouper fillet with broccoli leaves and capers, while my wife ordered lasagna. We shared both these dishes along with an insalata mista. Despite a fairly extensive wine list we shared a quarter liter of a local red and a carafe of mineral water. Of course bread was also provided to accompany the meal.

The grouper was firm and sweet, and clearly very fresh. The vegetable was steamed with a very light sauce which seemed to have a very slight lemon component.

The lasagna was like none we have ever experienced. First, there was no tomato sauce. Instead it was stuffed with a very light ricotta-like filling with just a bit of small pieces of sausage, and topped with an equally mild and light melted cheese. The pasta noodles were more like filo than the typical thick durum/semolina noodles we usually see in US restaurants. It was a surprise to us and just delightful.

The bread was among the best we have had anywhere in Italy, and pretty much equaled what we have enjoyed in Paris. If anything it was a bit sweeter and softer in texture and was just wonderful.

The bill came to a reasonable 37 euros, and we consider both the restaurant and Ravello itself to be a true “find.”

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