For the second night in Sorrento, we decided to head over to Marina Grande and find a restaurant that serves fresh seafood. This area is the smaller of the two marinas in Sorrento and is home to a number of restaurants, many of which say they get their seafood daily from the local fishermen. It was kind of hard to decide which one to pick, but we ended up choosing Ristorante Delfino which extended off the pier so almost the entire dining area overlooked the water.
They brought out some bruschetta as a complimentary starter, and we ordered a mixed salad to start the meal. The mixed salad was simple and we dressed it ourselves with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. It was pretty good considering the simplicity of ingredients, but I think that confirms how important the individual quality of the ingredients, particularly the olive oil in this case, really is to the overall taste of the dish.
The mussels seemed fresh although I’m not too sure if I am able to really tell the difference. Nevertheless, the broth in which the mussels were steamed was delicious. Garlic, tomatoes, and basil never tasted so rich and flavorful. I wanted more bread so I could dip and eat some more.
The gnocchi was probably the least enjoyable dish of the meal. It wasn’t bad, but I can’t say it was good either. I think the consistency of the gnocchi was too chewy and starchy. Generally, I don’t like the potato pasta, personally, so it’s really no surprise that this dish was not a highlight for me.
The risotto al frutti di mare was very good. It was filled with seafood… in fact, it was a lot more on the frutti di mare and less so on the risotto, which wasn’t a bad thing actually. The abundance of shellfish and squid made this risotto stand out above the other risottos we had tried on the trip. I really liked it.
At the end of the meal, they gave complimentary shots of limoncello, which is a typical lemon-flavored liqueur, that is famous for this region. It’s kind of sweet and pretty strong, so I didn’t even take the whole shot.
Overall, the restaurant was good place to get some fresh quality seafood. I liked the location by the marina as it provided a peaceful backdrop for dinner.
PAFO Ratings for Ristorante Delfino:
Price 3 ½ stars
Ambiance 3 ½ stars
Food 4 stars
Overall rating 3 ½ stars