My friends and I happened upon this lovely place on the ocean cliffs, having seen the sign "Allere Art Shop Cafe." It felt like coming home! Salvatore, the owner, greeted us with open arms into his beautiful bright gift shop with restaurant and hotel below. It was a slow night, but he kept the chef there just for us! After we'd finished shopping upstairs - buying their lemon olive oil made from their own vineyards!, etc. - he took us downstairs for dinner. I had linguine w' clams, which was so fresh it tasted as if it had sea water in it. It did! They keep the clams alive in the water, then cook them in some of it. It doesn't get much fresher than that! Salvatore played a beautiful opera cd & regaled us, singing along with the tape & translating the romantic, poignant lyrics. We could have been there all night!
We brought the rest of our crew there a few days later & Salvatore welcomed us back as his friends, treating us to proseci & wonderful d'oeuvres. We feasted upon crispy succulent seabass grilled to perfection, along with grilled artichokes - heaven! He showed us the gorgeous hotel rooms & we wished we were staying there...next time! Sadly we said goodbye, but now we have a "home" to return to! I can't say enough good things about this place.
P.S. I brought the olive oil back safely in my suitcase & was going to demo it to a friend with an artisanal takeout cafe, who was going to give me tips on importing it. Then, before I could do so, I accidentally broke the bottle!! Aargh! I salvaged a tiny bit, but not enough. So I DEFINITELY have to go back for more!
If you go, say hello from Susan! (Atlanta area)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This beautiful house above the sea is the site of one of most characteristic hotels of the Amalfi coast, with a superb restaurant, a private swimming area and car park. Situated in a splendid panoramic position, the hotel is very close to Amalfi, Positano, and Ravello. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Conca Azzurra Hotel
- Hotel La Conca Azzurra Amalfi Coast, Italy - Conca Dei Marini