Ponza Island Italy

 

I have a new favorite island. It’s in Italy.

And it’s not Sardinia. Or Capri. Or Sicily.

It’s called Ponza Island.

I wanna live there in the summer. OK fayyyyynnn I kind of say this to all the places I visit 63% of the time. But really, I DO.

Some of my most vivid memories of Ponza were the amazing seafood dinners I had in the following restaurants. Seriously. I hope you already ate before reading this. They were so good and the locations were so romantic I wished my boytoy was with me.

Do not eat alone in these restaurants. I repeat: DO NOT EAT ALONE IN THESE RESTAURANTS.

Okay you can. Regardless, you will LOVE the food and enjoy the views. Guaranteed.

 

Related: Ponza Island Travel Guide

 

Dinner # 1: Il Tramonto Restaurant

Located in Frontone in Ponza island, Il Tramonto (or the sunset) really lived up to its name. The sunset view from this restaurant gave me goosebumps. I almost cried just looking at it. It was just too beautiful.

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Before we talk about the food, can I just say that Ivan, the owner, was super friendly and funny? When he laughed, he totally sounded like Steve Carrell in Dinner for Schmucks. I wish I recorded him laughing at least once.

Talking about recording stuff, here’s me expressing how I loved the food without saying any word:

 

Let me explain.

In Italy, when you point your two point fingers towards your cheeks and make squeezing motions, it means the food was delicious.

Well I made my own interpretation. I used all my fingers and squeezed vigorously to say the food was SUPER DUPER DELICIOUS. Learn the best tricks from DJ before your trip to Italy, bitchezzz.

And why did I invent this sign? Because:

 

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Dinner # 2: Orestorante Restaurant

Even before we arrived at the restaurant, we took a water taxi from Frontone, where we were staying, to the main port where the restaurant was. Yes, a water taxi…while the sun was about to set. Golden hour galore.

We walked up to the restaurant and this was what greeted us:

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I thought the sunset in Il Tramonto was already a winner but this one was also a close contender! What I also loved about this restaurant was that they have an amazing selection of wines dating back from the 90’s. I’m pretty sure I can find a 30-year old wine of I looked hard enough. I saw their secret cellar. It felt like finding a room full of gold bars. We also met Oreste, the owner, who apparently was a self-taught chef. I wanna be as good a cook as he is.

They say that the devil is in the details and Orestorante nailed it with their super cute Mediterranean-style plates and bowls. And the food was – AGAIN – mouthwatering. I won’t pepper my description of the food. I’m just really gonna let the photos do the talking.

My favorite was…pretty much all the seafood I ate.

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Dinner # 3: Da Enzo al Frontone Restaurant

On the third night we ate in our little corner of the island in Frontone at a restaurant called Da Enzo al Frontone or also known as Solo a Vela. This was a different place by the beach right here:

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And you can see the chef and staff preparing your food, all fresh catches from the sea in Ponza. At least that was what Enzo, the owner of the restaurant, told us. He wants to keep everything local and so all the seafood they prepare and cook are caught from the sea just around the island. The food was a delicious smorgasbord of seafood.

 

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Ryan: “What is this red thing on the head of the shrimp?”
Federico: “It’s the dreams of the shrimp.”

YES. Best quote of the day!

 

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While savoring my last piece of grilled fish, the conversation turned philosophical when I asked Enzo, who grew up in Naples, a seemingly simple question: “Why Ponza?”

His eyes glimmered and the words just flowed out of him.

“To be back to simple life. I want to show people how it is…Ponza as it is is more than enough. You don’t need more.”

I nodded like a nodding dog accessory in agreement. A roof in your head, fresh seafood from the sea and doing what you love that pays the bills. You really don’t need more in life.

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Disclosure: My trip to Ponza Island was partly sponsored by This is your time. Blog Tour. All thoughts, photos and experiences are my own.

DJ Yabis is the poster boy of Dream Euro Trip and a modern day renaissance man. Originally from the Philippines, he loves throwing dinner parties and stalking rock stars in music festivals. Subscribe or follow his adventures LIVE on Facebook or Instagram. Learn how to plan your own eurotrip.

What do YOU think?

10 Responses to “3 Restaurants with Ridiculous Views (and Luscious Food) on Ponza Island, Italy” Subscribe

  1. Khatleen June 2, 2015 at 9:46 PM #

    Hello DJ !

    I am planning a trip to Ponza (thanks to you!) and I was wondering about the cost of eating at those restaurants because everyone just has a wonderful experience there from my readings. In average, what is the cost per restaurant for one person.

    Do you recommend any other activities one can do on the island apart from the scuba diving.

    Also, what would be the best means of transport on the island? I’ve read scooter was nice but I don’t see any scooter / bike rental place.

    Thank you for writing such lovely posts ! Truly helpful and inspiring !

    • DJ Yabis June 3, 2015 at 6:47 AM #

      That’s awesome! I’m so jealous! I really wanna go back. I forgot already. Depends what you order. I think the main dishes were around 10-20 euros.

      Yes, you should do a boat ride to island hop as well and beach hop! Read more here: http://www.dreameurotrip.com/6-things-to-see-and-do-ponza-island/

      Re: transportation, it depends where you’re staying. If you stay in the center then you just use the local buses to go to other places. If you stay in another part of the island, a car or scooter would be better but don’t know rental places. Sorry.

  2. Mary @ Green Global Travel August 25, 2014 at 3:37 AM #

    Wow, those views are amazing! If I didn’t know better, I would think it would take a day’s hike to see them. How nice that people have the option of enjoying a romantic meal with glass of bubbly without the work of hiking uphill.

  3. Lillie August 22, 2014 at 12:32 PM #

    This looks SO GOOD!!!!! I’m sold.

  4. Casey @ A Cruising Couple August 22, 2014 at 1:35 AM #

    Yes please! It all just looks absolutely delicious. I’ve never heard of this island, either, but looks like the food is reason enough to go.

  5. Terry at Overnight New York August 21, 2014 at 3:18 AM #

    Gorgeous food, gorgeous setting — and almost a secret. Definitely an island that’s easy to love!

    • DJ Yabis August 22, 2014 at 6:55 AM #

      Yeah. Italy is pretty much that though haha

  6. Gran Canaria Local August 20, 2014 at 3:43 PM #

    Wow, we’ve never heard of this island before. And what views. Thanks for enlightening us, DJ.

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