After 2 weeks in the Amalfi region and many meals at various eateries starting with the star studded ones in Rome .. it is time for the final vote. To us, it is a no-brainer, the jury does not even have to leave the Court. Don Alfonso won, hands down. Instead of talking about the beautifully crafted E170 Degustation Menu, which you will no doubt read from each and every review, I will focus on the hospitality end of our experience. 4 words came to mind immediately and they are; Style, Quality, Class & Family.
1) STYLE : it was at the end of a long sightseeing day when we arrived and our party, including our 7-year old grand twins, were shown to a nicely appointed library to change, to refresh and to prepare ourselves for the Alfonso Baptism 2) QUALITY : from our Bellini to Amuse Bouche to Mains to Pre-Desserts to Dessert we were treated to top quality not only in ingredients but in execution 3) CLASS : needless to say we were a tad anxious with 2 tired kids at the table but Don Alfonso handled the situation with such class we were speechless .. Grandma Livia, the Matriarch, came to our table and pronounced "my own grand children love the pasta here so let us take care of yours" .. in real terms the twins were treated to the same wonderful Amuse Bouche & Pre-Desserts as us, complete with a salivating Penne in between. If that is not class what is? 4) FAMILY : throughout the evening the spirit of "One for All & All for One" kept popping up in my head. Their business card says it all. Don Alfonso at the top with Mom Livia, Dad Alfonso and Sons Ernesto & Mario at the bottom. I read this succinct message as "We are here, as one, for you" and I love it.
I do not care what Michelin thinks. I only know we had more than a 3-star experience at Don Alfonso. We were blown away by the charm of Grandma Livia, the seamless Front of House under good humored Mario and the culinary artistry of Ernesto that evening. Flawless is an understatement. One last word, make sure you visit the 25-metre deep cellar with 20,000+ bottles and if you are still not impressed check out the cheese collection at the bottom. Mind boggling. I hope you do not mind a restaurant review that does not cover any food. I do not need to, those 4-words alone have won them top marks. Hail to the magical family @ Don Alfonso!
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