Da Gelsomina, Capri

One of our primary goals on Capri was to escape the masses of tourists in the busy towns of Capri and Anacapri and find more unique spots that locals would frequent. Literally everyone we asked recommended Da Gelsomina. “It’s not super fancy, and you might see granny in the kitchen….” Sold. We booked a table and they picked us up at our hotel (this is a service they provide to anyone staying in Anacapri, as the property is on a remote corner of the island).

the view at da gelsomina restaurant in capri, italy, the taste sf
marinated anchovies da gelsomina restaurant in capri, italy, the taste sf
appetizers at da gelsomina restaurant in capri, italy, the taste sf
antipasta mixed grilled vegetables da gelsomina restaurant in capri, italy, the taste sf
pans in the kitchen of da gelsomina restaurant in capri, italy, the taste sf
Da Gelsomina's fresh pastas in Capri, Italy was one of the best restaurants in capri, family run, that The Taste SF visited

 

Da Gelsomina has been preparing local specialties for generations, and Pasquale, the son-in-law of the owners, was happy to give us a tour of the property. Capri is a tiny, rocky island, and space is at a premium, so they grow something on every corner of the property. The family plants potatoes between rows of grapes, loads of lemons, a variety of other produce, and raises pigs, chickens, and rabbits.

When we were seated, we were happy to find that no one around us spoke English, and Pasquale offered us a glass of house made white wine, a plate of antipasti and an order of their secret recipe house marinated anchovies.

For lunch, we shared the famous ravioli capresi, made with marjoram and Caciotta cheese, and a wonderful seafood pasta. Both were perfect examples of the type of authentic, rustic Italian food we were looking for.

 

vineyards growing at da gelsomina restaurant in capri, italy, the taste sf
chickens at da gelsomina restaurant in capri, italy, the taste sf

pigs at da gelsomina restaurant in capri, italy, the taste sf

 

After lunch, we took a stroll around the property to see more of the farm, where we ran into these adorable pigs, then headed down the short path to an overlook at the end of the island. Keep an eye out for these two in our upcoming video!

 

lemon trees at da gelsomina restaurant in capri, italy, the taste sf
walk the path to see the faraglioni from da gelsomina restaurant in capri, italy, the taste sf

walk the path to see the lighthouse from da gelsomina restaurant in capri, italy, the taste sf

We wandered up the short path that Pasquale suggested. It’s a very short and easy stroll from Da Gelsomina. At the end is an overlook at one of the ends of Capri. You can see the entire southern coast of the Island, all the way from the famous lighthouse to Capri’s iconic Faraglioni rock formation (last seen here). If you’re headed to Capri, a visit to this magical property is a must.

Thank you to Da Gelsomina for hosting us for such a lovely visit. We can’t wait to return next year to try the cooking classes beginning in summer 2018.

Via Migliara, 72
80076 Anacapri NA, Italy
+39 081 837 1499

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