At the casual lunchtime restaurant at the Hotel Santa Caterina in Amalfi, Ristorante Al Mare, there is a dish on the menu that defies expectations. Calzoncello con ricotta, mozzarella e salame, translated as folded-over pizza stuffed with ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese and salami, is light, savory, and perfectly crisp on the outside. After consuming just half of this marvelous dish, you will need a nap. Luckily the beach club is just a few steps away.
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I had been told about the Santa Caterina for several years before actually going for my honeymoon. Words really can't convey what's so special about this beautiful, family-operated hotel. Nor can photos. There's a warmth in every little detail here--from the old-school stationery in every room to the Bellinis fixed in the lobby bar at five o'clock. The staff is generous and knowledgeable, each room has its own individual look (lots of wonderful antiques, books, and art), and the beach club is out of this world. Six nights weren't enough here. I can't wait to return.