Aurora is the oldest restaurant on Capri. It is also one of the best. It was opened more than a century ago by the d’Alessio family. Here it was that the pizza all’acqua – with mozzarella and red peppers – was invented. Now it is patronised by the world’s Chic and Beautiful, who flock to its small tables to enjoy the chic and beautiful cuisine of Chef Franco Aversa. Chef Aversa is the husband of the splendid Mia d’Alessio – pictured, with your correspondent – who runs the front of house with a friendly efficiency which ensures the contentment of her distinguished clientele.
Seating is either outside or inside, and is on both sides of the narrow via Fuorlovado, not far from Capri’s beating heart, the Piazzetta. The napery and the crockery are both white, as I like them. Members of staff wear black – an intelligent choice, for it sets off the colourful clothes of the diners. The good glassware is by Riedel or by Zafferano. I sat outside, as I like fresh air when it is warm and I like to see the world saunter by.