Restaurant 'Poggiolo del Principe' near Palinuro in Cilento welcomes visitors and guests in a homely atmosphere putting all diners at ease just like travellers once upon a time during the Grand Tour.
Just like then, English is not widely spoken in Cilento but everyone in the territory, from children to the grandparnets, knows how to greet a visitor with a smile and a gesture of authenticity and genuine warmth.
The restaurant has a single spacious dining area, but it is also possible to eat outside during the warmer months.
The dishes are characteristic of the gastronomic traditions of Cilento (see video below).
They are prepared and elaborated with the philosophy of the Mediterranean Diet which is based on fresh pasta, bread, vegetables, a little red meat and a moderate consumption of of wine.
The undiscussed protagonist of the cuisine is, of course, olive oil and Delicious Italy can vouch for the fact that the best extra virign olive oil they have ever tasted in Italy came from the province of Salerno!
There is no a la carte menu as the dishes are made from fresh ingredients in season, although there is a small daily choice such as is listed here:
- Linguine with local herbs and swordfish
- Cavatelli with sausage ragù sauce
- Asparagus and egg in the pan
- Anchovy and artichoke pie
- 'Chicchi del borgo' with fresh anchovies, mint and rucola
- Fusilli with pepper and green tomatoes
- Chicken rolls in herbs
- Cuttlefish and potato soup
Toasted bruschetta or fried pizza bread is also offered on the table while second course dishes are served with a side vegetable.
Many different types of salads can be prepared, as well as the classic pasta made with fresh small tomatoes and basil.
Dessert is fresh fruit, sweet or sorbetto.
The menu is completed with a glass of wine, usually a local red but you can also ask for bottled wine which is always sourced from the territory of Cilento.