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“Spontaneous cuisine, original setting, great for yachties”
Review of Solo a Vela - CLOSED

Solo a Vela
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed 29 July 2011

My husband and I and a couple of friends went here in July 2011. 2 spoilt italian husbands (as far as food goes) and we - a kiwi and an american who know the world and all 4 of us widely travelled. We had trouble finding it as the internet telephone number is wrong. Tel no is: ----------- This small and original restaurant excels in it's uniqueness...it's in a grotto on the seashore. I felt like I was at Bloody Mary's restaurant on Borabora, or Petit St. Martin in the Grenadines. They will come and pick you up with a dinghy at the dock in Ponza or from your yacht as you may have trouble finding it otherwise - it only has access via sea which keeps it exclusive...located amongst the rocks at the beach of Frontone which is also a safe anchor for boats.
Going from Ponza port takes around 10 mins. Once there you step off onto the rocks and are led to the sand floor setting...... maybe it can take around 20 persons, for lunch or dinner. Call them for an appointment.
Meal : cooked before our eyes - it's like we are all in a hideaway cove, with distant views of Ponza township - they have a fixed menu. Starting with appetisers like raw tuna carpaccio with rocket; sizzling fried calamari and prawns,; grilled swordfish skewers; followed by pasta: paccheri with ricciola (another precious fish found locally) sauce.
The main course to follow was grilled red prawns.
Desert was fresh cut tropical fruits.
We accompanied our meal witha couple of chilled bottles of Satrico wine - i didnt check the winelist but we got to have a wine that we like and know .
Price for 4 of us was around €200 which we think was reasonable.
If you like super fresh ingredients, healthily cooked and are not looking to stuff yourselves or choose what you want, the combination of the ambience and the food plus the peacefulness of the place, is fantastic. They had some background music - a mix of various styles - we thought they could have chosen music a little more romantic like soft jazz or brasiliero style and even some italian mandolin music - why not?!
We felt that they could have served only 2 appetisers before the pasta and the swordfish skewer together with the prawn main course - to make a balanced series of pauses between courses, mainly.
But overall - well, you had to force yourself to believe you were in a little italian island without the mid summer caos of tourists - and not Borabora or Grenadines! Fabulous.

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Thank titania53
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