Calling all Amalfi Coast connoisseurs! I'm hoping you can help me decide between these two really fantastic sounding restaurants in Massa Lubrense: Quattro Passi or Taverna del Capitano?
From what I've read, Taverna del Capitano sounds slightly more upscale (2 Michelin stars) with more innovative flavor combinations and a more contemporary approach to Italian cuisine, using the local bounty. Quattro Passi sounds a little more "slow food," and more traditional without being stuffy, but still with beautiful presentation (1 Michelin star). We are staying far enough away from Massa Lubrense (between Positano and Praiano) that we can only do one. Both get praise from Batali on the Babbo website, as well as Luciano Pignataro's site. So all fluff aside, which one is the most delicious!?
Also, unrelated question: how dressy do you have to be at either of these? We plan to hike around a lot and might consider doing a Sunflower Guide walk down to Nerano to visit one of these. Is that a very bad idea? I can go to a 1 star restaurant in NYC in what I'd hike around in, no problem (no trainers, no fanny packs; lots of black, motorcycle boots), but definitely not a 2 or 3 star. I'm hoping the coast is casual given all the tourists.
We also plan to try to hit:
Stuzzichino (Massa Lubrense)
Al Convento (Cetara)
A Paranza (Atrani)
Cumpa Cosimo (Ravello)
Maccus or Lido Azzuro (Amalfi)
Il Ritrovo and maybe Donna Rosa (Montepertuso)
Barilotto di Nonno (outside Positano)
and maybe a few spots in Positano