The calendar said December but Salerno didn’t care. Salerno, home to a spectacular hot spots up and down the Amalfi Coast…villages and towns speckled around Monti Lattari. Towns like Corbara famous for their tomatoes; their Corbarino. Corbara, home to Agriturismo La Grotta.
The calendar said December, but the sun was bright that afternoon as parked my car under a lemon tree, walked past an olive orchid and stepped into Agriturismo La Grotta’s dining room. A dining room nestled nicely into a cave..a grotta.
A look at the menu and a chat with chefs and it clear to me that this lunch would be one that would be full of products from the territory – many grown on the grounds itself. Pastas, prosciuttos, cheeses and other latticini from the surrounding area. Wines from Campania. It makes sense, right?
So we began with a few appetizers….
|eggplant parmigiana, pizza con scarola, frittata di pasta, gateau di patate, polenta con pancetta|
|zeppole and bruschetta|
|prosciutti and salumi|
T’is the season for cauliflower, so why not pasta and cauliflower?
Or fusilli with a rich meat sauce?
Or paccheri served with a sweet Cobarino tomato sauce. La Grotta’s home grown tomatoes?
We were inland, so our second course would feature carne, meat…
|'stinco di maiale' with mushrooms|
|grilled steak with parmagiano cheese, rucola, and balsamic vinegar|
Dessert? When your life hands you lemons, make a Semifreddo di limone…
Or if you’re a chocolate lover, why not a mini chocolate cake filled with melted chocolate?
|Chef Gerardo Garofalo|
|Chef Guido Ruggiero|
Lunch, or dinner for that matter, is not all this agriturismo has to offer. Three comfortable rooms overlooking their orange and lemon orchards as Mount Vesuvius lurks in the far distance. A playground…fruit and vegetable gardens…a barbecue area with plenty of space…spectacular views.
And I wouldn’t worry about the weather. Corbara doesn’t.
Via Moncelle – Corbara (sa)
081 338 9565092