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Capri: By Day and by Night


James Suckling
Posted: May 29, 2002

The Quisisana offers all resort necessities, including a pool.
 
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Capri Hotels

Grand Hotel Quisisana
2 Via Camerelle

Telephone (011) 39-081-837-0788
Fax (011) 39-081-837-6080
Web site www.quisi.com
Rooms 143
Suites 7
Rates $196-$580

The atmosphere of the hotel is casual and low-key. Many of the guests know one another and talk about past holidays on Capri or future ones elsewhere. Many of the 143 rooms, plus seven special suites, are booked years in advance, since guests have preferences for the decoration and location of certain rooms. All are warm and cozy, with tile floors and comfortable furnishings. The Quisisana has two restaurants, a casual grill called Colombia near the pool, and the more formal Quisi. The cuisine of chef Mirko Rocca at the Quisi may be some of the most underrated in southern Italy. The wine list has a solid selection of well-known Italian names such as Sassicaia, Isole e Olena and Fontodi, as well as hard-to-find reds from the south, such as Montevetrano.

Capri Restaurants

Ristorante Pizzeria Aurora
18-20 Via Fuorlovado

Telephone (011) 39-081-837-0181
Open Lunch and dinner, daily
Cost Entrées $14-$23

This is anything but a run-of-the-mill pizzeria. In the oldest restaurant on the island, young owners Mia and Franco d'Alessio produce some of the freshest, tastiest food on Capri. From a simple pizza bianco with mozzarella and arugula to roasted local fish such as prezzogna with a zesty spinach garnish, everything is first-rate. Aurora has a very good list with more than 250 selections, from Antinori's Solaia to single-vineyard Fianos and Grecos from Feudi di San Gregorio.

Ristorante da Tonino
12 Via Dentecala (Piazzetta delle Noci)

Telephone (011) 39-041-528-5777
Fax (011) 39-081-837-6718
Open Lunch and dinner, daily
Cost Entrées $9-$15

This small restaurant, a simple place with a small terrace for outside dining, is one of the best-kept secrets in Italy. Ristorante da Tonino is a treasure trove of fabulous bottles of wine. In addition, the food is authentic and hearty, focusing on the traditional cuisine of the island. The wine list includes over 800 selections -- about 300 whites and 500 reds. A temperature-controlled cellar keeps them in top condition. It's packed with thousands of bottles, from top wines such as Gaja Sorè San Lorenzo and Roberto Voerzio Barolo Brunate to excellent unknown wines from Puglia and Campania that rarely make their way outside of those regions.

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