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Friday 21 July 2023

Discover dishes inspired by centuries of history


Take a spectacular setting on a cliff side overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea and Amalfi harbour.

Add in dishes inspired by the recent discovery of a 2000-year-old fresco depicting a pizza-like dish found in Pompeii.

Throw in one of Italy's most famous pizza chefs and you have a bucket destination restaurant.

La Locanda della Canonica Pizzeria by Gino Sorbillo is a signature eatery at the newly opened Anantara Convento di Amalfi Grand Hotel.

The menu features eight signature pizzas that highlight the finest produce from across the Amalfi Coast region.

Hailing from Naples, chef Sorbillo comes from a long line of pizza makers.

In 1935, his grandfather Luigi opened what was to become one of Italy’s most famous pizzerias in the historic Via dei Tribunali in Naples.

Today, the chef is a global pizza ambassador, secretary of the Neapolitan Pizza Makers Association and owner of pizzerias across the globe.

The new Pompeii Pizza combines traditional Neapolitan pizza-making techniques with ingredients that relate to the ancient Roman era including a combo of leafy vegetables, anchovies, a modern take on garum, a traditional anchovy sauce, topped with walnuts, lemon zest, and olives.

The menu allows ingredients including anchovies from Cetara, mozzarella and ricotta from Agerola, Provolone del Monaco and herbs from the hotel’s on-site convent garden to shine.

For a full gourmet experience, diners can embark on “A Journey through Campania” - a tasting menu of regional stars.

Anantara Convento di Amalfi Grand Hotel is set in a 13th-century Capuchin convent and La Locanda della Canonica Pizzeria by Gino Sorbillo is reached via the “Monks’ Walk” - a delightful clifftop path.

Diners can enjoy an al fresco terrace with views of the sea below.

Pizzeria La Locanda della Canonica by Gino Sorbillo has a tasting menu for €80 per person.

It has been added to my "must do" list.   

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