10 Things to eat in Sorrento and where

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Campania town perched on the cliff, which has always welcomed and enchanted visitors from all over the world, Sorrento is famous for its cuisine and local products.
Its food and wine tradition mixes Mediterranean tastes with the specialties offered by the sea and the nearby countryside.
The dishes are simple but very tasty and you will leave the table full and satisfied!
Here are the 10 things to eat in Sorrento!


  1. Sorrentine gnocchi
  2. Squid alla sorrentina
  3. Spaghetti with walnuts
  4. Sorrento tomato
  5. Provolone del Monaco
  6. Cannoli alla sorrentina
  7. Lemon Treats
  8. Puff pastry from Santa Rosa
  9. Mussels alla Sorrentina
  10. Babà with limoncello
  11. Where to eat in Sorrento: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Gnocchi alla sorrentina

Campania dish born right in the Sorrento peninsula, once they were called "strangulaprete" and are a very popular first course.
It is potato gnocchi, prepared by hand with flour and water, cooked in boiling water e topped with a tomato sauce, mozzarella fiordilatte, parmesan and basil.
Before being served, they are placed in an earthenware pan, called a pignatiello and baked to make them au gratin.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 8,00
  • Main ingredients: potatoes, flour, tomato, mozzarella, basil and parmesan

2 - Squid alla sorrentina

A second dish based on typical fish of the area are the stuffed squid alla Sorrentina, tasty and substantial, whose recipe has been handed down for generations.
The squid after being cleaned, are stuffed with a preparation based on eggs, mozzarella, grated caciocavallo cheese, breadcrumbs and anchovies.
Then they come cooked in a sauce made with San Marzano tomatoes, garlic and basil and served cut into slices, hot or lukewarm.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 12,00
  • Main ingredients: squid, eggs, mozzarella, caciocavallo, breadcrumbs, anchovies, San Marzano tomatoes

3 - Spaghetti with walnuts

Among the numerous local products of Sorrento there are also walnuts that have a particular size and flavor and are linked to propitiatory traditions such as the throwing of this fruit to the newlyweds to wish prosperity and fertility.
The harvest takes place between September and October and one of the typical dishes based on this product are the spaghetti served with a sauce made with walnut kernels browned in garlic, oil and parsley.

For those who love strong and rustic flavors, walnuts should not be peeled, while for the finest palates it is advisable to remove the peel.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 9,00
  • Main ingredients: spaghetti, walnuts, garlic and oil

4 - Sorrento tomato

It is among the typical local products of Sorrento, ideal for delicious salads or for the famous Caprese based on tomato and mozzarella.

The variety produced in this area boasts valuable organoleptic characteristics and while not boasting a thousand-year history like walnuts and lemons, they are famous throughout the coast.
Juicy and with a fleshy pulp, have large and rounded dimensions and a delicate and sweet flavor.

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: € 3,00 per kg
  • Main ingredients: tomato

5 - Provolone del Monaco

It is the king of the table in Sorrento, it has a pear shape, and is so called because the cheesemakers used to cover their heads with a cloth cloak similar to the sais worn by monks.

This stretched curd cheese it is very hard, it has a thin crust, it is aged between 6 and 18 months and made with raw milk.
The taste is strong and enveloping, spicy depending on the seasoning and is excellent both on a piece of bread and to be grated on plates.

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: € 24,00 half kg
  • Main ingredients: raw milk

6 - Cannoli alla Sorrentina

Typical sweet of the Sorrento coast are cannoli similar to those produced in Sicily.

With a pasta based on eggs, lard, flour, marsala and white wine, gods are made small tubes which then come Fried in plenty of hot oil until golden brown.
Once cooked they come stuffed with lemon cream, chocolate or ricotta cream and sprinkled with powdered sugar. A real treat!

  • Recommended to: breakfast, snack, always
  • Average cost: € 2,00
  • Main ingredients: eggs, flour, lard, marsala, oil for frying, cream

7 - Lemon delights

They are delicious sweets typical of the Sorrento peninsula created by the pastry chef Carmine Marzuillo in 1978.
Born as a dessert at the end of a meal, fresh, with a delicate flavor and perfect for summer evenings, today they are found in all the pastry shops and cafes of Sorrento.

They present themselves as sponge-based spheres filled with lemon cream, covered with icing, are served cold from the refrigerator.

  • Recommended to: snack, always
  • Average cost: € 4,00
  • Main ingredients: sponge cake (sugar, flour, eggs) cream (cream, lemon, eggs)

8 - Santa Rosa puff pastry

This dessert dates back to the eighteenth century and was invented, according to legend, by the nuns who lived in the convent of Santa Rosa which is located in Conca dei Marini, in the province of Salerno.
The mother superior liked it so much that she decided to dedicate the cake to the patron saint of the convent.

The original recipe has changed slightly and the sfogliatella you eat today is one pastry made with flour and butter stuffed with pastry cream and black cherry jam.

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: € 2,50
  • Main ingredients: butter, flour, eggs, sour cherries

9 - Mussels alla Sorrentina

It is a typical fish dish of the Sorrento coast, mussels easy and quick to prepare, ideal in every season of the year, served both as an appetizer and as a main course.

The mussels, after being cleaned, they must be added to a sauce made with datterini tomatoes, diced San Marzano tomatoes and garlic, and cook for 3/4 minutes.
The mussels should be served hot in their sauce, with a little fresh parsley and accompanied by slices of toasted bread.
The secret of the recipe is to double the quantity because the diners will never be full!

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 16,00
  • Main ingredients: mussels, cherry tomatoes, San Marzano tomatoes, garlic, parsley

10 - Babà with limoncello

A true classic of Campania pastry, however, it is bathed in limoncello, the typical liqueur of the coast.

Babà is prepared by making a dough with flour, eggs, yeast, sugar and butter which is baked in the oven for 20 minutes.

Once ready this particular "brioche" is soaked in the syrup prepared with sugar, water and limoncello.
It can be served like this or accompanied with lemon ice cream.

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: € 4,00
  • Main ingredients: eggs, flour, sugar, yeast, butter, water, limoncello

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

Sorrento is one of the most beautiful cities in Italy and boasts a very interesting food and wine tradition.

Whether you are here for a day or for a holiday you cannot miss the culinary specialties to be tasted in the numerous restaurants and trattorias present both on the seafront and in the interior of the city.
The offer is wide for all tastes and budgets but we want to recommend some places that can satisfy everyone's needs. Here are the best places to eat in Sorrento:

1 - Bagni Delfino Restaurant

  • Description: specialized in fish recipes, this restaurant with a family atmosphere, with shells hanging from the ceiling and terrace overlooking the sea, offers a varied and delicious menu
  • specialty: seafood risotto, fish parmigiana, lemon delights
  • Average price: from € 45,00 per person
  • Address: via Marina Grande, 216, Tel 081 878 2038 - Get directions

2 - Trattoria da Emilia

  • Description: family restaurant with terrace overlooking the pier specializing in fish dishes and artisan desserts
  • specialty: gnocchi alla sorrentina, mussels alla sorrentina, babà with limoncello
  • Average price: from € 35,00 per person
  • Address: via Marina Grande, 62, Tel 081 807 2720 - Get directions

3 - The cantinaccia of the people

  • Description: loved by the Sorrentines, this trattoria is very popular for its meat, but you will also find excellent first courses, cold cuts and cheeses in a rustic setting
  • specialty: provolone del monaco, cold cuts platter, fillet of meat
  • Average price: from € 20,00 per person
  • Address: Vico Terzo Rota, 3, Tel 366 101 5497 - Get directions

4 - From Gigino

  • Description: a place that offers pizzas and a local menu in a sober room with a ceiling and wood paneling and also has some tables on a pedestrian street.
  • specialty: pizza, gnocchi alla sorrentina, spaghetti with walnuts
  • Average price: from € 20,00 per person
  • Address: via degli Archi, 15, Tel 081 878 1927 - Get directions

5 - Monica pastry shop

  • Description: one of the best pastry shops in the area where you can taste the specialties of Sorrento and Campania
  • specialty: Santa Rosa sfogliatelle, Babà with limoncello, lemon delights
  • Average price: from € 2,00 per person
  • Address: via Fuori Mura 26, Tel 081 807 4147 - Get directions

6 - A'Marenna

  • Description: for those who want to take a quick lunch break based on excellent sandwiches this place is perfect for streepanini, cold cuts and cheeses
  • Specialties: sandwiches, cold cuts and cheeses
  • Average price: from € 6,00 per person
  • Address: via Torquato Tasso 23, Tel +39 327 819 7660 - Get directions

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