Food and drink
If you're here for dinner, come hungry. Everything is seasonal so dishes will vary but to start you'll probably be served a plate of meats: salami, ham, crudo (all home-cured), followed by pasta, such as lasagne (aubergine, tomato, bacon and a cheese sauce heavy with fennel). Then a main of perhaps free-range chicken or steak, served simply with potatoes and brown beans. Dessert will probably be fresh fruit (plums, pears, figs), and all washed down with Vincenzo's wine.
Family-run (Maria and Nadia in the kitchen, Vincenzo front of house) Villa Maria offers an experience akin to having dinner with a group of friends, albeit sitting on separate tables. The food brings everyone together as each dish (and the realisation that it's all home-grown and handmade) draws sighs of wonder, and a guest at a neighbouring table to declare it "The best lasagne I've ever eaten". Don't be surprised if the TV is on, occasionally interrupting the hubbub of conversation.
It's warm and friendly with a helpful explanation of everything.
It's at the top of a very steep hill, but when you book you can ask about how to get here, and may even be picked up by Vincenzo, who can collect you from Minori's piazza.
It's extremely reasonable for the quality and quantity of food: 30 euros for a meat dinner (with a drink), 35 euros for fish. It is always advisable to pre-book a table.