Il Riccio

Price guide: Expensive

Località Grotta Azzurra, Via Gradola 4-6, Capri, 80071

Price guide: Expensive

Il Riccio

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#1 of 7
expert-rated restaurants in Capri
Expert overall rating:4.6 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.6
4.6
Ambience:
4.6
4.6
Service:
4.6
4.6
Location:
4.6
4.6
Value for money:
4.4
4.4
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Foodies, Honeymooners, Seasoned travellers, Celebrity spotting, Design and architecture, People watching, Romance, Special occasions

Expert review of Il Riccio

Sample heavenly seafood at Capri's Blue Grotto.

Tucked between the sea and the rocks, the location of Il Riccio is gorgeous. So, after you've visited the Blue Grotto (a stone's throw away), drop anchor at this super-swish restaurant of the Capri Palace Hotel and Spa (once a haunt of Aristotle Onassis). The combination of the freshest seafood (and a bottle of chilled Greco di Tufa) eaten overlooking the sea is hard to beat…  Bring your swimming gear too as there are sunbeds for a postprandial sun (or sea-) bathe.

Food and drink: 

Simplicity is the key here: fresh pasta with seafood, sautéd shellfish or grilled 'catch of the day' with a glass of good Campanian wine. 

Ambience: 

The restaurant reopened after a lovely refurbishment by the famed interior designer Marco de Luca (who also designed Sorrento's La Minervetta and the rooms at Don Alfonso in Sant'Agata sui Due Golfi); he has used his signature Vietri tiles to decorate the kitchen, while turquoise blue chairs and tables, white linen table cloths, and architectural pillars framed by billowing white drapes on a deck-like terrace that overlooks the sea give the restaurant a bright, light, Mediterranean feel, chiming perfectly with the sea and horizon beyond. Your fellow eating companions will probably be a mix of yachties, bathing belles and gourmets.

Service: 

The staff are friendly and relaxed.

Location: 

Getting here is all part of the fun. You can get a taxi, or even walk to The Blue Grotto (La Grotta Azzurra) but the best way, by far, is by boat. Dock at one of the floating buoys and climb aboard. Heck, even if you don't bother visiting the Blue Grotto, Il Riccio is unmissable. 

Price advice: 

Il Riccio's prices are keen: 36 euros for six Gillardeau oysters, mixed fried fish for 32 euros, and vegetables at 9 euros, but it prides itself on top quality sustainably-sourced fish and shellfish and the location is really hard to beat.

More information on Il Riccio:

Price guide:
Expensive
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Italian, Mediterranean, Seafood
Address:
Località Grotta Azzurra, Via Gradola 4-6, Capri, 80071
Telephone:
081 837 1380
Website:
http://www.ristoranteilriccio.com
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Thu-Sun noon-4pm, 8-11pm. Mon-Wed noon-4pm. Closed for the winter from October 18, 2010. Reopening Easter 2011.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Always essential
Free tags / Keywords:
Blue Grotto, Marco De Luca

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