Food and drink
The menu covers plenty of pasta for primi (first courses), and secondi (mains) are mainly fish with a few chicken dishes. Being a chilli nut, on a recent visit I chose a fabulous quadretti ripieni di pesce (pasta parcels filled with fish) with a chilli kick, rather than the pappardelle all'astice (pasta ribbons with lobster) and wasn't disappointed (but how could I know if the lobster wasn't amazing too? Mental note to have that next time).
Il Pontile (the 'wharf') is a special little place that manages to be a traditional trattoria but with a rather more contemporary vibe, thanks to the lovely handmade wall tiles that were made by Marco Fusco, a designer whose workshop is just up the road (at Via Roma 30), so if you like them enough… The soundtrack was also a clever combination of traditional and contemporary, and I listened to Paolo Conti interspersed with Frank Sinatra and Amy Winehouse.
It's solicitous and welcoming.
It's just off Via Roma, close to the waterfront and minutes from the piazza where Santa Trofimena stands.
The prices are remarkably fair for such fine cooking: pasta dishes are around 11 euros to 18 euros, while a main of, say, chicken with Amalfi lemon is only 10 euros, so lunch, with a glass of wine and some water would cost around 25-30 euros.
- Families with teenagers
- Chilling out