The best local dishes you just have to order when you're in the local restaurants on Capri.
Since you're on Capri, you'll have to try some local dishes, of which there are a surprising number! We let you know which dishes are best at each restaurant, but wherever you go and whatever you do, make sure you've ordered the following local dishes at least once:
Insalata Caprese - the world-famous tomato and mozzarella salad with basil. Get it drizzled with extra virgin olive oil, a spritz of balsamic vinegar and a sprinkle of crushed sea salt to round out the flavour.
A take on the insalata caprese is the panino caprese, a sandwich made with tomato, fior de latte mozzarella cheese, basil and oil, oh and a bit of salt too. Snag one for on the go!
Ravioi Caprese - fresh ricotta and Parmigiana Reggiano-filled ravioli with a basily tomato sauce, with dough made in the Southern Italian way of just flour and water. A fresh, light starter to any meal.
Torta Caprese - a chocolate cake with almonds or walnuts, great with a cup of strong coffee or espresso.
Local Capri wine - while being threatened by the encroaching tourism industry's hotels and accommodation, Capri's vineyards still produce some bianco and rosso wines made from local Campanian varieties: Capri Rosso is made predominantly of Piedirosso and Capri Bianco is a combination of Falenghina and Greco Bianco. While dining at the island's restaurants, ask for a local recommendation to accompany your fresh seafood, vegetables or pastas.
Lemon, lemon everywhere - The lemony groves of Capri dripping heavily with the massive yellow globes are just begging to be used in any recipe whether it be for a liqueur (limoncello), risotto, chicken dish, cocktail or dessert,
Fresh pasta for a starter like scialatielli, a ribbon pasta often served with sautéed vegetables or seafood, or spaghetti alla Nerano, tossed with zucchini/courgette and cheese.
Fresh fish of the day such as:
Pezzogna - red sea bream, prepared all'acqua pazza, or in a sauce made of cherry tomatoes, parsley, garlic and extra virgin olive oil.
Also make sure to try the local shrimp in any type of dish, saraghi (banded sea bream), dentici (dentex), octopus and totani (a type of calamari).
The l'impepata di cozze is also a delicious mussel dish served as a starter and shared amongst the whole table.
Oh and don't forget to have the famous Napoli-style pizza (does any other style matter?) whenever you get a chance!