Another place with a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor in the historic center of Sorrento is Ristorante Tavernallegra, which opened in 2010 in what was once the stable area of a 15th-century palazzo on the Via Pietà, close to the cathedral. On the menu are specials including linguine with lobster, chateaubriand fillet of beef for two, and prawns on a bed of chicory and local Sorrento lemons. Otherwise, there are mains like the ‘Gamberoni Tavernallegra,’ made with big, juicy shrimps, olive oil, onions, cream and cognac, with a tomato sauce and fried spaghetti.
Opposite the beautiful Villa Communale public gardens and the Cloisters of San Fernando is the equally impressive Terrazza Marziale, a rare example of Catalan-Durazzo palazzo architecture from the 15th century. It’s a bed and breakfast as well as a celebrated restaurant, with a menu of classic Mediterranean and Sorrentine cuisine. On the menu are dishes including prawns wrapped in pork with escarole stew and provolone, homemade pasta with green peppers and zucchini flowers, and baked sea-bass with capers, mint and spinach with salmoriglio sauce. To follow there’s orange and walnut pie with a traditional Italian chocolate biscuit.