A short guide to the island’s traditional cuisine
Are you planning a trip to Capri and aren’t sure what island dishes to sample? Here’s a short guide to the traditional cuisine on Capri, with a few of our personal suggestions!
The most famous dish on Capri is Ravioli Capresi, made with a simple pasta dough using equal parts flour and water, resulting in a particularly light pasta. The filling is made with Parmigiano Reggiano, aged Caciotta cheese, and Marjoram, and the cooked ravioli are tossed with a fresh tomato and basil sauce.
It’s a light and flavorful first course, perfect for vegetarians, and served in virtually every restaurant on the island of Capri.
A variation of Ravioli Capresi: instead of boiling them like pasta, the filled ravioli can be fried and are delicious served as a starter or snack alongside an evening cocktail.
Other of the island’s traditional first courses are Scialatielli, a fresh ribbon pasta, thicker than tagliatelle, made from a dough of flour, water, Parmigiano Reggiano, chopped fresh basil, and salt, and often served with seafood or sautéed vegetables, and Spaghetti alla Nerano, tossed with zucchini and cheese.
After a first course of pasta, try ordering local Pezzogna (red seabream) or your second course, a type of fish very often caught along the shores of Capri and prepared all’acqua pazza, or in a sauce made of cherry tomatoes, parsley, garlic, and extra virgin olive oil.
Other fish commonly served on Capri are Saraghi (banded seabream), Dentici (dentex), Octopus, and Totani (a type of calamari).
Seafood lovers visiting the island will also find excellent local Shrimp caught on the sea floor between Capri and Massa Lubrense, which are served sautéed or eaten raw with just a bit of olive oil. They are also often tossed with pasta or served in a risotto.
One of the most beloved dishes on the island is Impepata di Cozze, which is a mussel dish often served as an appetizer, placed at the center of the table to me eaten by everyone in the party.
All these local specialties are best paired with a light white wine; order a bottle of Falanghina del Sannio or a white wine from Vesuvius, such as Lacrima Christi like a local.
There is no better way to end your meal than with a generous slice of Torta Caprese, a local chocolate and almond cake, which is traditionally served with a small, icy glass of Limoncello.
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