Initially we visited during the day.
After previously visiting Italy this place had the real wow factor. Everything you could possibly imagine Italy to be, this small town encompasses all your imaginary thoughts.
Situated in the piazza. It was an unforgettable experience with wonderful service from a young chap. We just had to return on numerous occasions.
He explained how the whole piazza became alive on an evening. Unbeknown restaurants would appear! Hollie managed to accidentally stumble across some shops that had appeared, much to Davide’s relief!
A truly talented lady and stunning items. You may have noticed Hollie’s apron in The Olive Stone, it was found in the lovely grotto style shop.
Grottammare Alta is trendy and in a gorgeous location. The town inhabits fashionable Italians and talented individuals. There was even a pop-up shop! Who would have though?!
Now the important bit food!
Now I don’t know about you but for us, we hate it when we visit a restaurant and the menu is the length of the leaning Tower of Pisa! It just makes us question how fresh and nutritious are the meals? To our relief in Grottammare Alta we visited two
Situated in the piazza, you couldn’t help but wonder if you were in actual heaven. It was welcoming and beautiful. Loud yet still. It was just out of this world and excitingly the menu was limited to a choice of three first and second plates or a set menu.
Hollie choose Aubergine Parmigiana which was Davide’s first plate. Both in agreement it was the best we had ever had!
I choose gnocchi. The chef actually served my second plate, apologising that the gnocchi dish was a sell out so instead he served me ricotta tortelloni with a sage butter and a pea & spinach purée. I was absolutely ecstatic, it’s favourite meal and I would have choose it, had it been on the menu!
Luckily we managed to pre book as it was really busy. We sat in a smallish open courtyard with large olive trees and twinkling lights. When we sat down we ordered our vino and once served we asked for the food menu but our waiter explained that there was no menu!
You were served an antipasti, pasta, a meat plate then dessert and wow what an experience!
We had the opportunity to taste food that we might not have chosen and it certainly wasn’t disappointing!
The pasta al forno was so simple yet so tasty. When we returned home Hollie adapted the recipe.
On our next post we will share this simple recipe for you to try at home.
So that you too can experience the taste of the Grottammare Alta!
Hollie and Davide
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