Da Gemma

Price guide: Expensive

Via Frà Gerardo Sasso 11, Amalfi, 84011

Price guide: Expensive

Da Gemma

By Jan Fuscoe, your Amalfi Coast expert

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#8 of 14
expert-rated restaurants in Amalfi Coast
Expert overall rating:4.3 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.5
4.5
Ambience:
4.6
4.6
Service:
4.6
4.6
Location:
4.6
4.6
Value for money:
4.5
4.5
Recommended for:
Couples, Foodies, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Singles, Great views / scenery, Romance, Special occasions

Expert review of Da Gemma

This is Amalfi's finest restaurant.

I love this place. It's been going since 1872, and Da Gemma can put its success down to a combination of innovation and tried and tested recipes, and the freshest ingredients. Chef, Salvatore Milano, may be young, but he's got plenty of experience to bring to the role, having worked at Ravello's Caruso, and Positano's San Pietro and Le Sirenuse, among others. If you can't afford to go the whole hog, it's worth just having a plate of pasta so that you can drink in the atmosphere of the place.

Food and drink: 

Fish is the specialism here (check out the chill cabinet on your way in) and the zuppa de pesce (fish soup) is legendary, but everything I've eaten here is fabulous: the fritture (fried fish) is the simplest way of experiencing the freshness of the fish but pastas, including Nonna Gemma's famous paccheri alla Genovese (pasta with a meat and onion sauce that has braised for hours), are sensational too. Dessert fans must try the chocolate aubergine flan with buffalo cheese ice cream - a recipe that hints at the Middle Eastern influence and recalls Amalfi's old trading days. You'll find an excellent array of local wines too as the sommelier travels the coast in his search for new wines.

Ambience: 

The setting is perfect - it's one flight up from Amalfi's main drag - and if you manage to get a terrace seat you can enjoy the best people-watching spot in the whole town. 

Service: 

It's friendly and relaxed, in spite of the restaurant's stellar reputation.

Location: 

It's just past the Duomo, on the left. You can see the terrace from the street.

Price advice: 

It's not cheap. A plate of pasta will cost around 16 euros, but the quality of the food means, whatever you have, it's money well spent. As with all dishes that price fish by the kilo, always check how much fish you are ordering or you could be in for an expensive surprise.

Tables to book: 

Sit as close to the edge of the terrace as possible so you have a bird's-eye view of the bustle below.

More information on Da Gemma:

Price guide:
Expensive
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Italian, Seafood
Address:
Via Frà Gerardo Sasso 11, Amalfi, 84011
Telephone:
089 871345
Website:
http://www.trattoriadagemma.com
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Tue, Thu-Sun noon-3pm, 7-11pm. Closed Wednesdays.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times

Have you been to Da Gemma? Would you recommended it?