Sorrento is a beautiful town perched on a cliff high above the sea with views of Vesuvius and the islands in the Bay of Naples . Use this website to help you plan a visit to this elegant southern Italian resort and find your way to the best beaches and some lovely villages and towns along the Sorrentine peninsula that are perhaps less well known to tourists.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Enjoy Mediterranean flavours at family run Zi’ntonio

Zi'intonio in Via Luigi de Maio
One of my favourite restaurants in Sorrento that I return to year after year is Ristorante Pizzeria Zi’ntonio just off Piazza Tasso.
I love to relax in the air conditioned interior over lunch while the sun is at its hottest outside. The walls are covered with hand painted ceramic tiles from Vietri sul Mare on the Amalfi coast, which contributes to the cool atmosphere.
On the ground floor the tiles create the setting of a pergola in a vineyard while upstairs they represent the coastline of Sorrento, as seen from out in the Bay of Naples.
While you wait for your meal the waiters will bring you savoury snacks and freshly baked strips of pizza dough to nibble.
There is a comprehensive menu of antipasti, pasta and risotto and fish and meat dishes as well as an extensive pizza list. These are cooked to order in a traditional wood oven.
There are plenty of wines from Campania and further afield and if you choose a white wine it is always served beautifully chilled.
Hand-painted ceramic tiles adorn the walls of Zi'intonio
Zi’ntonio (Uncle Tony) is run by Mariano and Michela and members of their family. Many of the waiters have been on the staff for years, which helps to provide a homely and welcoming atmosphere.
The restaurant opened in 1960 in Via Sant’Antonino and moved to its present home in Via Luigi De Maio in 1975. Over the years it has been recommended by the Michelin Guide, the Veronelli Guide and the Rick Steves guide.
As you would expect, there is an abundance of Mediterranean dishes on the menu. My personal favourite is Risotto alla Pescatora (seafood risotto) which I think is complemented perfectly by a crisp, white Falanghina wine from Campania. Salute e Buon Appetito!

How to find Ristorante Pizzeria Zi’ntonio

Leave Piazza Tasso at the corner with Via San Cesareo and walk down Via Luigi De Maio in the direction of Piazza Sant’Antonino. You will find the restaurant about half way down on the right.

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