If you’re planning an Italy trip and want to dine like a jet-setter, make a reservation at Aurora restaurant in Capri. The dreamy Italian restaurant is the oldest on Capri island, with a 120-year history of hospitality from the d’Alessio family, and is a long-time institution for locals and visiting celebrities alike.
This past summer, the spot welcomed Elton John, Kendall Jenner, Katy Perry, and P Diddy, plus other vacationing mega-stars. Celebs with a soft spot for the homey restaurant include names like Mariah Carey and Beyoncé, the latter of whom recently celebrated her 40th birthday with a meal at Aurora (among other five-star celebrations, naturally).
In fact, Aurora’s website is full of glossy shots of owner and maître d’ Mia d’Alessio – a third generation member of the d’Alessio family, who grew up in the restaurant – with the spot’s slew of famous visitors. Some may even say it’s the Sotto Sotto (the Toronto celeb go-to) of Capri.
So, what makes this spot so special? It really comes down to its simplicity, traditions, and reliability.
Conveniently located in the centre of Capri, the feel-good restaurant offers a casual vibe despite the white table cloths (jeans and a t-shirt are totally welcome here, but so is dressing to the nines) for guests to enjoy its celebrated Mediterranean cuisine and its Neapolitan and Caprese specialties.
Here, the menu of truffle pizzas, delicate pastas, and classic seafood is deliciously memorable. So much so, in fact, that patents are involved.
The restaurant’s famous patented Pizza all’acqua – with mozzarella and red peppers – is filled with “secrets and nuances” and features a light, airy dough characterized by infinitesimal thickness and consistency in change. “Faithful to a family tradition kept with jealous love, it has become a cult for renowned Italian and international people,” says the restaurant of the beloved 100-year-old recipe.
Other crowd-pleasing menu highlights include things like fish carpaccio, veal chops, homemade gnocchi, potato-crusted Bream fillet, and caprese ravioli.
At the helm of the culinary goodness housed within the walls of Aurora is Chef Franco Aversa, who is married to Mia. It truly is and always has been a welcoming family affair.
Aurora is also known among discerning wine lovers for its extraordinary wine cellar that has few rivals in Italy. Filled with over 300 French and Italian wines, including incredibly rare bottles, the wine cellar is as much of a draw as the comforting fare. The cellar is also a wine shop, and ships bottles all over the world.
A meal at Aurora can be enjoyed indoors in the multiple dining rooms connected by arched entranceways, or outside on a small patio the narrow laneway on which it sits.
Naturally, dining at Aurora comes with a substantial credit card dent – but the type that you won’t regret (although it may make all pizza from that point on taste sub-par).