Take me to Capri. It is urgent.
Updated: Jun 5, 2019
That blue sea and some of the best pasta dishes we have ever had.
I don't know if it is because the skies in the UK have been grey for months, or if I am just nostalgic, or if I simply need a sunny holiday, but I have been dreaming of Capri and of ways to go back there.
It is common to read about places in their hey days, usually in the 50s and 60s, but Capri doesn't seem to change much and has kept its glamourous and chic feel to date.
The Island of Capri is tiny, stunning and expensive. It is also worth it. In 2004 I used to live just off this heavenly part of the world, in Sorrento, so on weekends I would split my time between Rome and Capri. I know... It was a tough life.
Since those glorious days, I have been back to Amalfi coast a few times and once, completely by accident, I discovered this gem that has now become the main place to go to when in Capri: for the adventure, for the fun, for the food and for the spectacular natural pools.
I was walking under the sun, aimlessly, chatting to my husband when we both agreed that finding somewhere for lunch would soon be a sensible idea. We passed the gorgeous white paved roads framed with pink and purple bouganvilles and a sight caught my eye: Da Luigi ai faraglioni, Restaurant.
Then, a very steep path of simple wooden steps still wouldn't give anything away. But I was curious and wanted to see where that, let's face it, less than inviting path, would lead us to.
It was an incredibly hot day and we walked down and down and still no signs of a restaurant. I was starting to wonder if the best thing to do was to admit that had been a silly idea and go back up and eat in the more obvious restaurants in the town centre. But what do they say about good things that come for those who wait, or in this case, persevere?
Wow, from the trees I could see the golden sun reflected on the most beautiful blue shade of the Mediterranean sea. We had found a gem.
Busy, but not unpleasantly so, this small and rocky beach club had luxurious white mattresses, sun loungers and chair for sun bathers to choose from. A number of swimming spots dotted around the rocks was just what we needed as the sun heated up. As I write I can feel that cooling sensation and the noise of going underwater, going back up to surface and watching the foam around me as I thought I had gone to heaven.
You don't really need to leave the beach club for any reason, as Luigi Restaurant is there with a variety of fresh pasta and seafood options that are to die for.
As I lived in Italy, I have eaten excellent pasta, from North to South, but I hold Luigi's pappardelle alle vongole (clam pappardelle) as one of the most memorable dishes I have ever had.
The experience isn't cheap. We paid around 30 euros for our mattress and the meal with wine came at around 100 euros. But this is one of these places you will treasure and will dream of frequently, which might not necessarily be a good thing if you live under grey skies. But would I do it all again? In a heartbeat.
Da Luigi ai Faraglioni- Via Faraglioni, 5
Capri (Napoli) - Italy