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Our last night in Sorrento

Our last night in Sorrento we walked the streets and shops.

The hotel has a shuttle that goes downtown. Our driver, ‘Lello is quintessential Italian. Terrible 80s pop music on low, devil may care attitude while driving, and pointing out the sites we passed, very nice, and all personality… but I understood 1 out of 3 words in English, Italian or whatever combination of both. (I’m pretty proficient in accents. I spent 6 years living downtown in the melting pot of Philly.) The driver gave us landmarks to use to find the meeting point, which we thought was past the orange trees near the mesh squares. It took us 4 days to realize he was saying “above the main square.”

My mom and I fell in love with Via San Cesareo the last time we were in Sorrento and it’s exactly how I remember it- charming and lively.

I always said when I win the lottery that my friends and family will know where to find me- there’s a little shop that does cameo carvings in shells. That’s what I want to do and where I want to stay. A girl can dream. Everybody’s family in Sorrento.

There’s a famous song, “Return to Sorrento.” The idea is that you hear the call of the sea, smell the orange trees, and enjoy enough that you never leave… or if you have to leave that you always come back. The meeting point stop for the hotel shuttle was directly in front of the hotel where my grandparents stayed when they were in Sorrento years ago. Funny how it’s the little details in life that come full circle.

Mom inside G. H. Cesare Augusto
Mom inside G. H. Cesare Augusto
Outside of G. H. Cesare Augusto
Outside of G. H. Cesare Augusto

 

Forza Italia!

Again with a great recommendation, we tried a tiny restaurant off of Via ┬áCorso Italia, which is the main drag, Kebab Ciampa. It’s owned by two brothers who are colorful to say the least. I can’t fully explain in words how much fun we had at this tiny hole in the wall.

Its like the Italian equivalent of a cheesesteak- chicken or beef, your choice of veggies, and they bake the Italian bread in the shape of a pita. Molto bene!

Selfie with the owner of Kebab Ciampa
Selfie with the owner of Kebab Ciampa

When we sat down, the Italia vs. Spagna football game was starting. Not soon after we sat down, Italia scored their first goal. We were then told not to leave because we were good luck. Me being the crazy sports fan I am fully believes that. (It’s only weird if it doesn’t work right?) After we were done, Mom and I roamed the streets for a while and the boys stayed put to watch the game. Sports hype is universal, no?

We came back later after the 45th minute and eventually Italia scored their second goal! Apparently it was us that were the good luck charms. One of the owners kissed his miraculous medal and came running and screaming out of the restaurant. We laughed, we cheered, we quickly got out of the way for the crazy football guy to take a victory lap, all in good fun. Definitely an experience and we were glad to see Italia win.

…. Everyone else in Sorrento was too. Peaceful cheering after the game.

Crowd of happy football fans after the Italia win
Crowd of happy football fans after the Italia win

Bar Rita

Front case with ALL of the desserts and pastries
Front case with ALL of the desserts and pastries

On a recommendation we went to Bar Rita in downtown Sorrento for cappuccino in the morning. The case of pastries and desserts looked amazing. I decided on a delicious lemon cake and cappuccino.

Lemon cake and cappuccino
Lemon cake and cappuccino

Dad’s on day 4 without Starbucks. No signs of caffeine withdrawal, doesn’t seem to miss whipped cream on top of his dessert/breakfast… but he is trying to optimize the pastry case for efficiency…

I think he’s learning to enjoy the cappuccino. When in Sorrento…

Dad and his cappuccino
Dad and his cappuccino

Sorrento night 2

After a long day we took the hotel shuttle downtown to eat. We heard good reviews for Il Leone Rosso. Glad we went. We had the option of a la cartel or prix fixe. My parents opted for the fixed menu. I decided to try the house specials the first course was a gnocchi and the second was a locally caught fish of the day. I still have no idea what it was. I know it began with a P and it was a white flaky fish similar to cod. Done perfectly. They brought the full fish out first (in case I forgot it was fresh,) then after it was cooked brought it back out (to show it was the same fresh fish,) then brought it out gutted and plated.

House desserts (cannoli and tiramisu) come with the fixed menu. The restaurant also brought out a round of limoncello on the house while we were waiting on the check.

… Then they brought out a second round of dark chocolate liqueur. We’re still not sure what was in it, but it put Godiva to shame.

Gnocchi with clams
Gnocchi with clams
Catch of the day
Catch of the day