I accepted that our visit to the Amalfi Coast wouldn’t really bring any “wow” when it came to food. Up until now, I was pleasantly surprised. The food was certainly more satisfying than Rome. With it being the end of the trip, the laziness was at full force and I went against my usual policy of never eating at a hotel restaurant. However, the reviews of Caesar Augustus’ La Terraza di Lucullo were pretty outstanding. The staff HIGHLY recommended the place. The views from the restaurant were breathtaking, but the days were short during this time of year and the weather was taking quite a turn. We dined with the pitch black sea on one side and crazy winds whipping against the windows on the other.
Capresante, Verza, Parmigiano e Guanciale di Maiale scallop, savoy cabbage, parmesan cheese, cheek of pork
Nicely seared scallop paired with crisped pork cheek
Polpo di Roccia Arrosto con Crema di Zucca e Frutta Secca roasted rock octopus with creamed pumpkin and dried fruit
Tender and perfectly charred octopus. The sweetness of the pumpkin was balanced nicely with the tart dried fruit.
Spaghettoni di Gragnano con Cannolicchi, Cozze, Finocchietto e Tarallo di Agerola spaghettoni with razor clams, mussels, wild fennel, agerola biscuit
We had many versions of seafood pasta during our trip, but this was certainly the most sophisticated.
Tortelli alla Genovese Napoletana, Verdure Amare e Provolone del Monaco neopolitan style tortelli alla genovese, bitter vegetables, provolone del monaco cheese
Delicate, light, balanced flavors. I wished for a dozen more.
Guancia di Maiale Brasata con Purè di Patate e Papaccelle con Olive e Capperi braised pork cheek with pureed potato and papaccelle peppers, olives and capers
The restaurant was accommodating and let us swap out the main entree in the tasting menu with this wonderfully braised tender pork cheek.
Ricciola Cotta in Olio con Broccoli, Crema all’aglio e Peperoncino amberjack with broccoli, creamy garlic sauce and peperoncino
Another flawless dish.
Tortino Caldo al Cioccolato con Gelato al Frutto della Passione warm chocolate flan with passion fruit ice cream
A fancy molten lava cake.
The chocolate actually didn’t clash with the passionfruit ice cream as much as I thought it would.
This was easily the BEST restaurant during our whole tour of Italy. The food was seasonal, ingredients were fresh with all the vegetables grown in their own kitchen garden, the flavors were balanced and perfectly executed. There was nothing I could fault. For a little island to have such a talented chef and kitchen staff is a wonder to me. La Terraza definitely deserves at least 2 Michelin stars in my opinion. I would love to return here in the future.
10 – You NEED to eat here
9 – Awesome
8 – Very good
7 – Good
6 – OK
5 – Average
4 – Not bad
3 – Not good
2 – Terrible
1 – Do NOT eat here