Food and drink
The fresh fish display outside the restaurant is the first sign that the food inside is a cut above the average that you'll find in Sorrento's centre. If you order risotto there will be a wait (as there should be if it's made from scratch) and it comes piled high with seafood. If you want to eat gluten-free, there is a separate menu, which you'll need to ask for as well as order a day in advance in high season.
If you visit during the day you'll find this place quiet, sometimes practically deserted (particularly in low season), but it gets buzzier come the evening. Decor is nothing to write home about - think 'conservatory' with plenty of glass and pot plants - but La Fenice is popular with locals.
The service is friendly and efficient but, things can slip when the restaurant is full.
La Fenice is at the corner of Corso Italia and Via Degli Aranci so there's a fair amount of traffic driving by, but it does mean it's a handy pitstop for lunch after shopping.
Budget doesn't really exist in Sorrento but you'll feel less resentful parting with your 30 euros (simple pasta, salad and a drink) as the quality is better than at most establishments.
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- Mature travellers
- People watching