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The top 10 restaurants for a romantic summer dinner

From Carlo Cracco's new restaurant in Portofino to the one overlooking the Gulf of Positano

The top 10 restaurants for a romantic summer dinner From Carlo Cracco's new restaurant in Portofino to the one overlooking the Gulf of Positano
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Summer is the perfect time to slow down the pace, enjoy the beauty of small things like immersing yourself in nature, watching the sun set over the sea, admiring the starry sky or eating good food. The image that encapsulates this spirit of easy coolness? Sharing a gourmet dish, while we sink our feet into the sand and in front of us the spectacular panorama of the Gulf of Positano opens up or the boats drift away in the distance over the Mediterranean.

To turn this dream into reality, all you need to do is choose to spend the evening in one of the 10 stunning restaurants that G-Club has listed for you for a romantic summer dinner.

 

Grotta Palazzese - Polignano a Mare

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Location: it is a large semicircular space inside a proper grotto overlooking the sea, which can be reached through a narrow staircase dug directly into the rock. The tables are illuminated only by a soft light and the moon reflecting on the Adriatic Sea. The effect is breathtaking.

 

Food: Double-cooked octopus, saffron burrata and marinated red turnip; Spaghetti with lobster, parsley coulis and squid ink panko bread; Sea bass with broad bean puree, tabasco chicory and tomato powder

Where: Ristorante Grotta Palazzese, via Narciso, 59, Polignano A Mare

 

Otto Geleng - Taormina

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Location: only eight tables arranged on a terrace full of bougainvillea overlooking the bay of Naxos and Mount Etna. The Otto Geleng restaurant with its romantic, Mediterranean and old-fashioned mood is part of the Grand Hotel Timeo

 

Food: Otto di Mare; Risotto, wild herbs, cuttlefish, lime; Peanut, salted caramel, lemon, ruby chocolate

Where: Otto Geleng, via Teatro Greco 59, Taormina

 

La Sponda - Positano

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Location: La Sponda restaurant is part of the iconic and evocative Le Sirenuse hotel in Positano. This is enough to make it special, but at sunset the room covered with vines, lemon trees and yellow flowers is illuminated by four hundred candles and the sound of a mandolin and a guitar takes you back in time. That' s the epitome of La Dolce Vita.

 

Food: Linguine di Gragnano with clams and lemon zucchini pesto; Octopus from Roccia confit and artichokes barigoule style; Citrus meringue, lemon crumble and grapefruit sorbet

Where: La Sponda, via Cristoforo Colombo, 30, Positano 

 

Marco Martini Restaurant Cocktail Bar - Roma

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Location: the restaurant of The Corner Townhouse Hotel with its elegant winter garden, made of lush plants, gazebo and colorful chairs, reveals itself to visitors as a well-kept secret in the heart of Rome and is perfect for an aperitif or a romantic dinner for two.

Food: Spaghettone, lupini and burnt eggplant; Piglet, apple, potatoes and mustard; White chocolate, raspberry and pineapple

Where: Marco Martini Restaurant Cocktail Bar, viale Aventino 121, Roma

 

Club del Doge - Venezia

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Location: a few steps from La Fenice and Piazza San Marco, you will find the iconic The Gritti Palace and, inside, the Club del Doge restaurant. As the name suggests, its interiors, rich in precious marble, stucco, paintings and carpets, are worthy of the figure who ruled the ancient Republic of Venice until 1797. If the sumptuous rooms full of history are not for you, outside you will find another kind of luxury: the spectacular dehors overlooking the Grand Canal, right in front of the Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute.

 

Food: Crab with mint, coriander and its soup; Hemingway-style risotto; Turbot on the bone on a shellfish stew

Where: Club del Doge, campo Santa Maria del Giglio 2467, San Marco, Venezia

 

Caracol Gourmet - Bacoli

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Location: although there is a cozy interior with wooden walls, blue velvet armchairs and a skylight recalling the spiral shape of the Caracol shell, the real highlight of this one Michelin star restaurant is the panoramic terrace. Just take a look at the pictures to dream of spending a romantic evening on this slice of land that almost unites sky and sea and offers a breathtaking view of Ischia and Procida. So what could be more beautiful than tasting good food in the moonlight, lulled by the sound of the waves breaking on the rocks?

Food: Spaghetto iodato; Scampi with almond milk; Caracolato

Where: Caracol Gourmet, via del Faro 44, Capo Miseno, Bacoli

 

DaV Mare - Portofino

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Location: the restaurant overlooks the Piazzetta of Portofino. From here, as you dine, you can relive the vintage glamour of the jet-set and stars of the '50s and '60s and admire the gleaming yachts docking in the harbor and the sun setting over the Ligurian Riviera.

Food: Paccheri alla Vittorio; Ricciola spaghetti with anchovy cream from Monterosso: Crustacean Bouquet

 

Where: DaV Mare, via Roma 2, Portofino

Il Palagio - Firenze

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Location: on the ground floor of the Palazzo della Gherardesca which houses the Four Seasons Hotel in Florence there is the one Michelin star restaurant Il Palagio. The location is very chic. Outside you can eat on the terrace overlooking the large private park, among century-old trees, gazebos and fountains; while inside the neoclassical rooms are furnished with marble busts, flowers blooming everywhere and lilac-colored details. The plus? Il Palagio organizes different types of secret dinners off and on-site: from the exclusive romantic table on the rooftop terrace of the hotel, where you can share one of the chef's specialties with your partner by candlelight to the majestic foliage of a Pendulo Beech tree dating back to 1850 while a pianist plays the perfect soundtrack to make the evening even more special; from the private chapel, entirely decorated with frescoes from the 1400s, to the unique private terrace on the Ponte Vecchio, with a breathtaking view of the Arno.

 

Food: Seared scallops with spring onion cream and black sesame; Cavatelli cacio e pepe with marinated red shrimp and baby squid; Almond sphere with apricot and ginger sorbet 

Where: Il Palagio, borgo Pinti 99, Firenze

 

Fusion - Taormina

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Location: in Taormina, on the eastern coast of Sicily, halfway between Messina and Catania, there is La Plage Resort. Its restaurant has an amazing view and overlooks Isola Bella and Mount Etna. If you dream of dining under the moonlight, with your feet on the sand and the breeze caressing your skin, Fusion is the right place for you.

Food: Anchovies Arancino, caponata and onion compote; Pappardelle with grouper ragout, brunoise of vegetables, confit tomatoes, timpa fennel oil and scented bread; Tataki tuna, sweet and sour wakame seaweed and sesame wafer

Where: Fusion, via Nazionale, 107/A, Isola Bella, Taormina

 

Cracco Portofino - Portofino

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Location: Cracco restyled the spaces of the Pitosforo, a historic meeting point of the Riviera in the 50s and 60s, and has turned it into a sophisticated cabana, a restaurant with interiors in Japanese bamboo and raffia. The corner bar is set in the rock, while the large windows offer a stunning view of the harbor and the Gulf of Portofino, the same view you can enjoy from the terrace.

Food: Caramelized Russian Salad; Red Mullet Risotto with Prebuggiun; Portofino-style Fish Cutlet 

Where: Cracco Portofino, Molo Umberto I 9, Portofino