Italy: Fall-Winter 2002 (5)

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2. Sorrento

Under the spell of Rick Steves' fantasies of endlessly fascinating Europe on PBS and Mario Eats Italy on the food network, the Ishikawas were under the impression that the best place to stay was in Sorrento. Not only for its proximity to the Amalfi Coast, Pompeii and its less famous neighbour as well as you get the great Archeology museum in Naples. Plus it was supposed to have superb food. The gnocchi were lovingly recommended on the Mario show.



The Ishikawas caught an early train to Naples, figuring they could stash their luggage in its station and then check out its nearby museum, getting on the train to Sorrento later. When they asked where they could leave their luggage in Napoli Station, they were told there was no such place. This forced them to travel on to Sorrento, walking from its station to their hotel which turned out to be much further than the website would have you believe. It turned out to the be the delightful, family-run Savoia. Although the city's gnocchi were no better than what the Ishikawas were accustomed to in Italian restaurants in North Vancouver, fantastic food was discovered at Caruso. The region is noted for its distinctive lemons and tomatoes grown in the volcanic soil, and the lemonized sea bass at Caruso was certainly something to sing about.

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