Posted January 19, 2010 by Nicki Krawczyk
Ah, Italy; chic, cultured and, perhaps best of all, chock-full of spectacular food. Get a taste of some of the finest local flavors in Sorrento, a small coastal town within the Naples province, where you can sample a locally made lemon liquor, measure your appetite by the meter, and spend the night sufficiently stuffed after a made-by-you meal.
Limoncello: First, a warning—sip, don't gulp. This deceptively sweet liquor's flavor masks a vodka base that packs a punch. Made from the lusciously large lemons grown in the area, limoncello originated in Sorrento before taking the rest of the country by citrusy storm. From March through October, enjoy free samples in L'Agruminato (the lemon grove garden) and, during the rest of the year, purchase bottles in one of the shops on busy Via San Cesareo or finish your meal with a glass in virtually any restaurant in town.
Pizza al Metro, L'Universita dell Pizza: Pizza by the slice is so … American. If you're going to Naples, birthplace of the ubiquitous pies, why not go native? A five-minute train ride aboard the Circumvesuviana takes you to Vico Equense, home of the famous Pizza al Metro (pizza by the meter) restaurant where you can pick your poison by the type and by the length. For the molto affamato (very hungry), pizzas can measure up to roughly six and a half feet. (Averages under $25 for pizza dinner and antipasto).
Mami Camilla: If you can't bear to leave this fabulous food behind, plan to take back more than just gastronomic memories and book a room at the Mami Camilla B&B and cooking school (from €27 per night plus classes). This modest little family-run inn treats its guests to charming authentic accommodations and, if you participate in the classes, a rigorous introduction to all-from-scratch Italian cuisine sure to sate your appetite for cooking skill souvenirs.
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