If you’re in Capri, for a weekend or even just for a day, and you’re looking for a restaurant which will give you an exclusive culinary experience, you absolutely must try Il Riccio Ristorante in Anacapri. I guarantee that once you’ve tried it, you’ll recommend it to your friends! We step in at Il Riccio Restaurant on a Friday night and was immediately greeted by the friendly staff and the incredible aroma of baking bread. Il Riccio enjoys an enviable position: in fact, it is located on the rocks above the Blue Grotto, so that it seems to be suspended over the sea. The ambience is informal but at the same time very refined: what stands out is the contrast between blue and white. On one side are the blue wooden tables overlooking the sea, on the other the open kitchen and the freshly caught fish counter. The feeling you get is one of order and cleanliness. I must say that the staff were welcoming and punctual, smiling and ready to put you at ease. There’s nothing to do, in the South they have an extra gear!
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Welcome to Il Riccio
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Restaurant Il Riccio, opened in July 2009 after the renovation of the previous “Add’o riccio”, is an institution on Capri. Chef Salvatore Elefante, a young but highly skilled chef, offers local cuisine, made with simple but always fresh ingredients, capable of expressing all the essences of the island’s nature. It is no coincidence that this restaurant boasts a Michelin star. Il Riccio is ideal for both lunch and dinner, although in my opinion dining in this beautiful location, with the sun shining in the sky, the vivid colours and the breathtaking view is much more impressive. It is the perfect place to spend a relaxing and carefree lunch, obviously with quality cuisine.
Il Riccio Restaurant, Anacapri
Blue & white
Fish is the key ingredient in Il Riccio’s cuisine. The cuisine is spontaneous and simple, and you immediately realise that the raw material is extremely fresh. I absolutely recommend the starters and the first courses, because they are really typical Southern Italian specialities, prepared in a way that is difficult to find in the North. But then, if you don’t eat raw fish here, where else can you go to eat it?
Among the starters we tasted the raw seafood plateau with truffles, Perla Nera oysters, Gillardeau oysters and clams; the seafood salad with octopus, squid, prawns, cuttlefish and crispy vegetables and my favourite dish, the trio of tartare: sea bass with burrata cheese and green apple, tuna with lime and chives, amberjack with sun-dried tomatoes and basil pesto.
As a first course, I recommend the linguine with lobster and seafood or a classic seafood risotto. We accompanied this delicacy with a Champagne Prestige Rosé Taittinger.
Il Riccio Sea Lounge
A special mention goes to the dessert room! Yes, every gourmand’s dream comes true here at Ristorante Il Riccio. A room with a table laden with specialities and typical desserts, to be eaten without dignity: crostatine, cannoli, sfogliatelle, bignè, torta caprese, to name but a few. My favourite was the lobster tails with chantilly cream, but you’re spoilt for choice… the important thing is not to think about your diet!
Il Riccio Beach Club
Be sure to book a table for lunch or dinner at Il Riccio – the world’s only Michelin-starred beach club restaurant. The resident chef will delight you with a sublime gastronomic experience!
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Opening hours Il Riccio
Lunch: Tuesday – Sunday, 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Dinner: Thursday – Sunday, 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Closed on Monday
Opening Hours Sea Lounge
Tuesday – Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Closed on Monday
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