Michelin Star Restaurants on the Amalfi Coast and Borgo Santandrea
Borgo Santandrea, Amalfi
Soon I’m at the new Borgo Santandrea hotel, the bell boys have done their job and I’m sipping a lemony drink on the terrace of dreams.
Owner and General Manager Maurizio Orlacchio greets me saying: “Borgo Santandrea was born from an exciting and ambitious dream of two families of hoteliers – mine and the De Siano family. We share a love and knowledge of the world of hospitality that transcends generations. I can feel it. I am in a special place.
Borgo Santandrea is the first hotel to open in Amalfi in over a decade and it’s well worth the wait. Here, mid-century design meets the Mediterranean in a striking yet soothing way; a neat mix of vintage and contemporary styles, including bespoke designer pieces with 30 spectacular geometric tile patterns. All rooms have sea views; some have private pools.
Then, after a dip in the hotel’s cliffside pool, it’s time for lunch at the beach restaurant. I enjoy raw langoustines and tuna and the Neapolitan classic of potato and provola pasta. This comforting dish combines mixed pasta shapes, potatoes and Provala cheese. It’s a five-star, yet casual restaurant right on the beach.
Restaurants in Borgo Santandrea
At sunset, the view of the sea from the La Terrazza bar perfectly accompanies my aperitif. Gastronomy at Borgo Santandrea is always a sumptuous affair, between Alici’s magical terrace, La Libreria fine dining and the Wine Cellar, with its sommelier-guided tastings.
On the terrace, Executive Chef Crescenzo Scotti’s menu draws inspiration from his southern Italian roots. Like the gambero rosso, raw Mazara prawns with buffalo mozzarella, lemon-infused escarole, black olives and tomato confit. Or the flank pasta with Monegasque provolone and zucchini. And sweet finishes like Neapolitan babà soaked in rum.
The next morning, breakfast is literally served in Scotti’s kitchen. Sfogliatelle pastries, fruit and cakes garnish handmade ceramic plates. I eat on the terrace and look up, down and around. The Amalfi Coast meanders through your heart, filling you with warmth and the promise of a new day. Yes, it’s a tourist attraction, but it’s also a foodie’s delight. The views, atmosphere and hospitality of Borgo Santandrea will have you longing for this destination long after you leave.