Ristorante Da Gelsomina in Anacapri, Italy
Ask any local on Capri to recommend a friendly, family-run restaurant where you can sample traditional island cuisine, and the answer is sure to be: "Da Gelsomina!"
Da Gelsomina is one of Capri's landmark restaurants, where the same family has been preparing local specialties for generations. Famous for its "ravioli capresi", "pollo al mattone", and rabbit cacciatora, Da Gelsomina uses produce picked fresh from their own garden and serves the house white made from the family's tiny vineyard.
- Shuttle from Anacapri
- All restaurant guests can request a free shuttle service from the center of Anacapri by calling 081 8371499
Lunch: 11:30 am to 3:30 pm Dinner: 7 pm to 11 pm
The restaurant is closed from 7 January to mid-March. Lunch is always served; dinner is also served only from mid-April to mid-October.
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The history of Ristorante Da Gelsomina
Ristorante Da Gelsomina opened in the 1950's, when Gelsomina and her husband Raffaele decided to open a small eatery tucked among the vineyards and orchards of the Migliera on Capri, Italy.
One of their first loyal clients was the Swedish physician and author Axel Munthe, who mentioned Gelsomina's mother, Filomena, in his famous book "The Story of San Michele".
Thus was born this tiny spot serving sandwiches, wine, and homemade specialties. Patrons were won over by their handmade cheeses, sausages, and marinated vegetables, and word spread across the island. Their clientele grew quickly, and Filomena and Gelsomina began to prepare more substantial dishes in their home kitchen: rabbit alla cacciatora, "pollo al mattone", "ravioli capresi", and "spaghetti alla chiummenzana" with garden fresh tomatoes. From a humble eatery, Da Gelsomina grew to become a true restaurant. Today, your hosts are Gelsomina and Raffaele, Filomena's grandchildren, along with Gelsomina's husband Pasquale along with her brother Raffaele and his wife Rossella.
"Excellent restaurant with authentic country cooking and a friendly atmosphere on Capri. An absolute must!"
"A local landmark with delicious ravioli and friendly service. Enjoy the calm country atmosphere of Anacapri, especially at sunset."
"Da Gelsomina is one of the best restaurants in Capri and Anacapri. Traditional Italian cooking with old-fashioned dishes and organic ingredients. Large menu selection. Polite staff and fair prices."