At The International Kitchen we have a lot of favorite destinations. Let’s face it, travel is our business, and we’d happily take any of our own tours! But when it comes to choosing favorites, Italy’s Amalfi Coast and the Campania region are definitely toward the top of the list.
Southern Italy (sometimes called il Mezzogiorno) has a lot to offer the culinary traveler from Naples to Calabria, from Puglia to Sicily. But for today we’re focussing on the area around and near the Amalfi Coast. The Amalfi Coast proper is quite smalle – comprising just 40 kilometers of coastline and only 13 towns, the most famous of which are undoubtedly Amalfi, Ravello, and Positano. But most travelers will loop the nearby Sorrentine Peninsula in when talking about the area, including the amazing town of Sorrento and even the isle of Capri, which lies just off the coast.
Try this Italian recipe featuring mussels: Cozze al vino bianco (Mussels in white wine).
Our favorite things about this area? Well, the food and wine for one. There is nothing quite like a homemade pasta cooked al dente and served with simply prepared seafood. Or a delicious, melt in your mouth freshly made mozzarella. The area is known for its lemons, which can grow to be as large as grapefruit, and they are employed to make the region’s delicious limoncello liqueur and sorbetto al limone. The wines too are delicious, whether fruity whites made from the Greco, Fiano, and Falanghina varietals, or the robust, tannic reds made from the Aglianico and Piedirosso varietals.
We’ve featured a number of Amalfi Coast foods and wines in the past, including these favorites:
- Homemade Limoncello Liqueur
- Sorrento Style Gnocchi
- Spaghetti Cozze e Vongole
- Lemon Sorbet
- Braciole (Rolled Stuffed Steak)
Another favorite thing about this area? Sorrento. There is something about its dramatic position on the cliffs overlooking the sea, its bustling main square – Piazza Tasso – and its many wonderful restaurants, from Michelin Star to simple trattorie, that make Sorrento a place we can return to again and again.
Are you interested in a cooking vacation in Italy? We have the best Italy food and wine tours (if we do say so ourselves!), including our wonderful Amalfi Coast cooking vacations. Contact us for details or to book!
By Peg Kern
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