10 Things to eat in Ischia and where

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Lluis Enric Mayans

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Ischia is a magical island that contains a thousand different atmospheres: suspended between sky and sea, it surprises with enchanted bays, enchants with extraordinary views and gives strong emotions in the streets of its small coastal villages.
Its link with the waves of the Gulf of Naples is definitely indissoluble, but the heart of the island has a peasant soul for which the products of the land play a main role.

The gastronomy of the island reflects this dual personality, offering flavors that combine the best of the seafaring tradition with country tastes. The result is an explosion of unique taste, which colors the menus of this wonderful island.
Here are the 10 typical dishes not to be missed if you happen to be on the Ischian coast.


  1. Rabbit Ischia style
  2. Spaghetti with clams
  3. Escarole's Pizza
  4. Calise croissant
  5. Gypsy from Ischia
  6. Fumarola Chicken
  7. Ischian swordfish
  8. Pasta with beans and mussels
  9. Migliaccio
  10. Limoncello
  11. Where to eat in Ischia: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Rabbit Ischia style

Testimony of the peasant imprint, the rabbit is the king of local cuisine.
Consists of rabbit meat first choice cooked in earthenware pans and topped with garlic, salt, olive oil, white wine, chilli and cherry tomatoes, with a sprinkling of spices.

Sometimes a ragù is prepared with the rabbit, used to dress pasta: the preferred format is typically bucatino, and the dish is served with plenty of grated Parmesan cheese.

Great attention is paid to the raw materials used and to the breeding of the rabbits themselves, which in Ischia is carried out with particular methods capable of leaving the animals more freedom and finally giving the meat more flavor and a perfect texture.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 10,00
  • Main ingredients: rabbit, wine, spices, garlic, oil, tomato, pasta

2 - Spaghetti with clams

It is impossible to pass through the Gulf and not taste spaghetti with clams. Or why not, one spaghetti with seafood, rich in squid shrimp, cuttlefish, octopus, lupins, mussels and every other treat that the sea has to offer.

An unmissable must, which can be cooked in white or accompanied by a touch of earthy flavors with the addition of zucchini, cherry tomatoes or tomato sauce. A delight for the palate to be enjoyed strictly by the sea, breathing in the scent of salt and admiring the southern sun reflecting on the ripples of the waves.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 8,00
  • Main ingredients: clams, seafood, spaghetti

3 - Escarole pizza

It is a popular dish in the Campania region, but it comes to Ischia cooked in a particular way and different from the rest of the region.
This special pizza, generally baked in the oven, like a traditional pizza, it comes to these areas of Ischia often fried as a kind of stuffed calzone. Taste that joins the taste, perhaps a little caloric, but absolutely delicious. Especially in the Forio area, it is customary to add to the basic preparation of the filling, mainly made endive, black olives, capers, anchovies and pine nuts, also of the cooked wine and sometimes walnuts and raisins.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 7,00
  • Main ingredients: pizza dough, escarole, black olives, anchovies, capers, pine nuts

4 - Cornetto di Calise

There is one in Ischia confectionery tradition mouth-watering, where the Neapolitan sfogliatelle are combined with babà, and the pastiera tempts the palate together with bombs and staples.

This croissant however is an island icon, a ritual that goes beyond all fashions and gastronomic trends. Calise is the historic pastry shop of Ischia Porto that has been able to make the croissant hot, a real unmissable event for tourists and locals!
Take it during a summer evening, while strolling through the streets of the island, it is one of those indelible memories of a holiday in Ischia.

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: € 2,00 / € 2,50
  • Main ingredients: flour, eggs, sugar, butter

5 - Gypsy from Ischia

As simple as it is legendary, this one typical sandwich combines simplicity with the ability to establish itself as a characteristic dish of the island of Ischia. Made up of nothing but from two slices of bread stuffed with raw ham and fior di latte mozzarella, with the addition of tomato, mayonnaise and lettuce.
It is said to be invented on the island, it has been able to establish itself as a traditional dish so that today both travelers and the inhabitants of the island love to enjoy their gypsy for lunch or a quick snack at any time of day.

  • Recommended to: snack, quick lunch
  • Average cost: € 6,00
  • Main ingredients: toasted bread, raw, mozzarella, tomato, lettuce, sauce

6 - Chicken Fumarola

An Ischian dish that holds the secret of its originality not so much in the ingredients as in the very special preparation.

It is so called precisely because to prepare it the chicken meat is wrapped in aluminum foil and in a kitchen towel and comes cooked in boiling sand, heated by the numerous fumaroles of the island, widespread near the thermal springs of Ischia. Typically Ischia in cooking and definitely unique in flavor.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 9,00
  • Main ingredients: chicken meat

7 - Ischian swordfish

The swordfish, a fish product with a strong and tasty flavor in itself, is enhanced in Ischia by the traditional preparation of the island.

The meat of the swordfish is in fact made in a first phase marinate in a sauce made of lemon, oil, salt and pepper, mint and Worcestershire sauce, a particular sauce halfway between sweet and sour and spicy. The fish it is then roasted, releasing all the flavors and aromas it absorbed during the marinating phase, for a whirlwind of scents that thrills all the senses.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 8,00
  • Main ingredients: swordfish, Worcestershire sauce, lemon, mint, oil

8 - Pasta with beans and mussels

It is a typical first course of Neapolitan cuisine. They come to Ischia added the mussels, which give a decidedly particular flavor to this typical recipe.

It is important for the preparation of this dish not to forget to use the mixed pasta, or rather combine the leftovers of pasta of different types: this detail is obviously a legacy of popular traditions that provided for a zero waste philosophy. Seafood and legumes will enhance each other, in this delicious dish sea and mountains.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 7,00
  • Main ingredients: beans, mixed pasta, mussels

9 - Migliaccio

It's a sweet typical of the Carnival period. It is widespread throughout Campania but in Ischia it has a differentiating variant: the use of spaghetti instead of semolina, base instead of the preparation of the miles in other areas of the region.
The original recipe involved the use of millet flour, from which the dessert takes its name, which has however been replaced by semolina or, in the case of Ischia, by spaghetti. Other ingredients include eggs, sugar, olive oil, lemon peel and cinnamon.

  • Recommended to: snack, breakfast
  • Average cost: € 4,00
  • Main ingredients: noodles, eggs, lemon, sugar

10 - Limoncello

Limoncello is one of the tastiest liqueurs, which has its origins in the south: typical of areas such as Sorrento, Capri and the island of Ischia, sees in its preparation the use of strictly local lemons and zero kilometer.

The beautiful large and fragrant citrus fruits found in these southern regions take on a new life when combined with alcohol, sugar and water. Often homemade by the inhabitants of Ischia, tasting a sip completes every meal and also our overview of the best Ischian gastronomic traditions.

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: € 3,00
  • Main ingredients: lemons, sugar, alcohol

Where to eat in Ischia: best restaurants, typical bars and street food

Ischia is scattered with clubs and restaurants where you can have a lunch by the sea admiring the sun kissing its wonderful coasts, or enjoy a dinner at sunset, waiting for the light to drop and for Ischia to be colored with warm and enveloping nocturnal shades. .
In every small village of Ischia there are endless opportunities to socialize and spend unforgettable moments in front of exquisite food. There is no shortage of opportunities to sit at the tables of classy restaurants, such as grabbing a quick sandwich or a takeaway dessert and enjoying it while walking through the narrow streets of the island. Here are the best places to eat in Ischia.

1 - O 'Sole Mio

  • Description: pizzeria near the sea, offering a beautiful view of the Aragonese Castle
  • specialty: excellent Neapolitan pizzas
  • Average price: from € 25,00 per person
  • Address: Spiaggia dei Pescatori, 32 - Get directions / tel: 081 981986

2 - II Hearth

  • Description: in the hinterland between Casamicciola and Barano, the restaurant is located near the typical fumaroles of Ischia
  • specialty: Ischian rabbit
  • Average price: from € 35,00 per person
  • Address: via Cretajo al Crocefisso, 3, Fiaiano - Get directions / tel: 081 902944

3 - Guarracino

  • Description: exceptional location overlooking the sea where you can eat excellent fish specialties
  • specialty: catch of the day
  • Average price: from € 45,00 per person
  • Address: via Castiglione, 62, Casamicciola Terme - Get directions / tel: 081 982527

4 - Punta Chiarito

  • Description: zero kilometer restaurant, linked to local agricultural products, and part of the homonymous resort
  • specialty: handcrafted rabbit, oil and honey from Ischia
  • Average price: from € 35,00 per person
  • Address: via Sorgeto 51, Forio - Get directions / tel: 081 908102

5 - Umberto A Mare

  • Description: elegant restaurant, one of the most renowned in Ischia
  • specialty: fish dishes, tasting menu
  • Average price: from € 50,00 per person
  • Address: via del Soccorso 2, Forio - Get directions / tel: 081 997171

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