It was in Sorrento that I had the most divine food of the entire trip. That’s a pretty bold claim to make in Italy where all food and drink seems to have been steeped in the ambrosial nectar of the gods, but I’m pretty confident I found the single greatest haven for food in the world.
Primavera came highly recommended to us. According to our travel guide, it was not to be missed. So far, I had indulged my inner oenophile and lover of carbs, but had not yet really sated my sweet tooth (save one or two trips to Churi Churi in Rome…but those cannolis couldn’t be helped). We bypassed the Gelato store on our first night in Sorrento, because the lineup was literally around the block, but we indulged ourselves the very next day. After spending 20 Euro on two cones of gelato, Mama Bear and I sat back and relaxed in the completely empty Primavera café, taking in the photographs of local celebrity visitors that littered the walls.
It was 100% worth it.
Pizzeria Da Franco
We asked around for the best local pizza in Sorrento. Locals & guides unanimously agreed: Pizzeria Da Franco was it. It is a quiet and unassuming building front located on Corso Italia street in Sorrento, but situated outside of the hustle and bustle of the city centre.
We waited outside in a drizzle for about 30 minutes with large groups of Italian families. When we were finally invited in, we were seated at a long picnic-bench table, and we felt immediately part of some extended pizza-loving Italian family. With slabs of meat hanging from the ceiling, close intimate seating with strangers, shelves filled with olive oil, and a direct view into the kitchen – I had never felt more relaxed and ravenous.
Your pizza is delivered straight from the hand of God to you on a huge metal slab. You are given plastic cutlery – admittedly, not the most classy of dining utensils – but this is quickly forgotten upon your first bite. I must admit, that I like to embellish my writing for dramatic effect, but know this: Da Franco’s has absolutely, without doubt ruined pizza forever. There simply hasn’t been anything, before or after, that has rivalled the taste, texture, consistency, temperature, flavours, and smell as a slab of Da Franco’s pizza. Please, for the sake of your taste buds, you must go to Pizzeria Da Francos.
Sorrento: Seaside Paradise
We were able to wash down our large amounts of gelato and pizza with extended walks. If you are at all interested in the serenity of nature, the beautiful azure seaside, gorgeous cliffs, trees and waterfalls – then Sorrento is the place for you. As we strolled through Sorrento, we could not get enough of the stunning views on offer. The weather was noticeably warmer than our previous destinations, and we felt a renewed sense of spirit as we were finished with our guided tour of Italy, and we were now off on our own to explore for another couple of days. Despite the fact that it was nearly New Years Eve, I felt a sense of rejuvenation that I typically associate with springtime.
After only two nights in Sorrento – an amount of time I felt was more than sufficient – we were off to our final destination, and one of the most spectacular: Conca dei Marini & the Amalfi Coast.