Via Santa Chiara 2, Ravello, 84010
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Families with teenagers, Foodies, Mature travellers, Singles, Great views / scenery, People watching, Relaxation, Romance, Special occasions
Expert review of Villa Maria
The view from the terrace of the Hotel Villa Maria is so spectacular that a physical restraint has been erected (by means of a screen) to stop overzealous photographers from muscling in next to diners in order to take the shot of their holiday - a panoramic view over the Dragone valley. For this reason, the menu at Villa Maria isn't especially cheap. (The cheapest thing on the menu is spicy mussels at 10 euros), but quality is assured as many of the ingredients are harvested from the organic garden that you might have passed on your way here.
The food served during the day is more casual fare but, come the evening, there's a good à la carte menu with decent primi (first courses) such as linguine with anchovy sauce and pesto or risotto with mussels and pumpkin (from the aforementioned garden) and pappardelle pasta with wild boar sauce. Secondi include the likes of frittura mista (mixed fried fish) and my choice, a fine filetto di manzo griglia o al pepe verde (grilled fillet of beef with a green pepper sauce, 26 euros). Dolci includes a very tasty ricotta cheese and pear tart with a Barolo sauce and white chocolate ice cream.
The position really couldn't be bettered. If the sun is shining, this is one of the best places to be in Ravello, perhaps even along the entire Amalfi Coast. In the evening, when the sun is going down and the tables are candlelit, it's also very romantic.
Service is relaxed during the day but is rather more formal in the evening, and all the better for it.
The outside terrace has an uninterrupted view over the Dragone valley.
That view is reflected in the prices, with pastas and risottos costing around 16 euros - pappardelle pasta with wild boar sauce, for instance, is 18 euros - and secondi at 23-28 euros. Contorni are a bit keenly priced - 7 euros for french fries or broccoli with garlic olive oil and chilli peppers, with dolci costing 7 euros to 12 euros. A meal for two, with wine, will probably set you back around 100 euros so, if you can't afford dinner, you could always swing by any time before 5pm and have a panino and a glass of something; you may get away for less than 10 euros and you'll still get the photo.
It goes without saying, as close to the view as possible.
More information on Villa Maria:
- Price guide:
- Italian, Pizza
- Via Santa Chiara 2, Ravello, 84010
- 098 572 55
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Daily 12.30-3pm, 7.30-10.30pm (snacks from 12.30-5pm).
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Not necessary