When we went down to Capri a few weeks ago we did not combine it with a trip to Positano like we usually do. We left the car at home, skipped the SS163 (which I love by the way), and hopped on an early morning train at Termini, had a quick cup of coffee in Naples before taking a taxi to the port and we had arrived in Capri, checked into our hotel all before lunchtime! It was so ridiculously fast and easy we kept asking each other again and again, why do we not do this more often?
We asked the always helpful Ettore at the Hotel Tosca where we should go for a nice lunch and a nap on the beach that we hadn't been before. He sent us to Ciro a Mare in Marina Piccola. The very scenic via Krupp is still closed for repairs so we took a leisurely stroll down the via Mulo, one of my favorite walks in Capri, took a few more sets of steps down past the colorfully painted beach cottages, introduced ourselves and were seated at a table over the water with a view of the iconic Faraglioni.
Mark felt like prosciutto melone, but knew it was a little early in the season. No problem declared our waiter, the winter melons are still here! I asked for a plate of vegetable from the antipasto bar and out came a varied and delicious mix of zucchini scapece, grilled eggplant and roasted peppers. For pasta Mark chose his beach favorite of spaghetti all vongole, which was spiked with garlic and chili peppers and I had an old fashioned favorite of mine, gnocchi sorrentino, all gooey and tomatoey and topped with enormous leaves of basil.
Now it was time for that nap on the beach. We rented overpriced lettini on the waters edge and stayed until the last of the sun dipped behind the mountain. It was worth every (almost at parity) Euro cent.
Via Marina Piccola, 95
Lettino € 16