Don Alfonso 1890

Overall Rating: 8.000

Address: Corso Sant'Agata, 11
Cross Street(s): Via Casa Perella
City, State ZIP: Sant'Agata sui Due Golfi, " 80064
Phone: +39.081.8780026
Hours: W-Su 12:30pm-10:30pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 8.00
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La San Marco
Coffee Rating: 8.00
Aroma: 8
Body: 8
Brightness: 7
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 1.0
Size: S
Primary Taste: Chocolate-like
Coffee Beans: Caffè Maresca
Cup Manufacturer: Ceramica Artistica Solimene
Price: $6.85
Last Update: 10/09/2013
First Reviewed: 10/09/2013
Notes: Coffee Sales; Outdoor Seating

This restaurant is perhaps the best in Southern Italy and certainly one of its most famous. It's earned two Michelin stars and it's known as something of a Chez Panisse of Italy: an emphasis on locally grown ingredients sourced from the chef's 6 hectare farm, Le Peracciole (bought in 1990), elevated to fine dining. Started as a hotel by Alfonso Costanzo Iaccarino in 1890, today it is a hotel and restaurant (the latter begun in 1973) owned and operated by Livia and Alfonso Iaccarino. The two patrol the dining room with its pink and white walls, ensuring the brigade offers impeccable service. Entered through a nearby building is La Cantina, their 25,000-bottle wine cellar, which begins as a 17th century Neapolitan building, leads to another 16th century room, and descends some 40 meters at an angle into the earth as a 6th century Etruscan tomb. At the bottom of the tomb they also age some of their cheeses. Besides the over-the-top tasting menu, they also offer a coffee service that aspires to food here. They wood-roast their own coffee label through Caffè Maresca, and they are big believers in La San Marco as the best espresso machines they can get. They pull very short shots of espresso with a darker and medium brown crema and heavy chocolate tones to the flavor. Served in cartoon-colorful Solimene ceramic cups from Vietri sul Mare with lids and two saucers. It comes served with five different sugars - each produced at different levels of refinement. Maybe not the best espresso we've had, but they clearly make the effort and do what you'd expect from such a special restaurant to make the coffee service equally as memorable.