One of the best meals I ate in Italy was not pizza nor was it fettuccine alfredo (which isn’t really Italian… the more you know), and it wasn’t lasagna! No, the best meal I ate was a seafood dish that I had while staying in Gaeta.
The hole in the wall restaurant that I stumbled upon was situated right below the balcony of my bed and breakfast. Since I was starving after a long day of traveling and swimming it wasn’t hard to decide that that this was the place to eat. Since it was 6 P.M. my friend and I were the first people to arrive for dinner. Italians do not usually eat dinner until 8 or 9 P.M. This is due to their work schedules, their days start later and therefore end later.
Even though this was a small eatery, they did have a menu available in English. The only downside to this was that the specials were not listed. With my friend’s help I ordered “Red Shellfish with Paccheri in a Seafood Sauce.” I knew that I was getting shrimp, but I didn’t know what kind of pasta Paccheri was (I only knew it was pasta because I asked my translator.) Once the dish arrived I was so glad to have ordered it. It looked delicious and tasted better than it appeared. The shrimp was the freshest I’ve ever had in my life. Still to this day I crave shrimp that tastes exactly like this. It was so sweet and flavorful. The pasta was homemade and done to perfection, giving a perfect bite. Lastly, the sauce complimented the shrimp well. It was slightly salty with the fresh flavor of the shrimp infused into it.
Honestly, it’s been a year and I can remember how this dish tasted perfectly. That is how you know it was a perfect meal.
The service was great at the restaurant and we enjoyed the view of the ocean by sitting outside. The beauty of this city was breathtaking. If you go anywhere in Italy eat at a family owned eatery, cafe, or restaurant. These people put their hearts into their food and it will be the best, most authentic Italian food you will eat abroad.
Read about the rest of my Italia travels here!