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Product Details

  • Paperback: 474 pages
  • Publisher: Pallas Athene (May 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1873429711
  • ISBN-13: 978-1873429716
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #384,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

Naples and Campania are home to one of the most vibrant, yet little-known cuisines of Italy. Now, the region's government has commissioned this sequel to Carla Capalbo's well-known Food Lover's Guide to Tuscany. The Food and Wine Guide to Naples and Campania covers restaurants, trattorias, osterias, wineries, food shops, and artisan producers of cheeses, meats, honey, gelato, and more. There are detailed entries on the many specialties of the region, recipes for local dishes, and a wealth of information for the traveler. Over 200 color photos bring to life the gastronomic riches of this region, and directions, opening times, telephone numbers, and other essential details are offered for each province. Both practical and personal, this is the most complete and informative guide of its kind. Carla Capalbo, who was born in New York, now lives in Italy and offers food tours and cooking classes. She has written several books, including The Ultimate Italian Cookbook, and is a regular correspondent for BON APPETIT.

About the Author

Carla Capalbo was born in New York, grew up in London and Paris, and now lives in Italy. She gives food tours and cooking classes. She has written several books, including The Ultimate Italian Cookbook, and is a regular correspondent for the Daily Telegraph and Bon Appetit.

More About the Author

Carla Capalbo is an award-winning food, wine and travel writer and photographer. Born in New York City, she was brought up in Paris and London, and has been based in Italy for over 20 years. Her regional Italian books on artisan food and wine makers, chefs and restaurants have earned her praise from everyone who has used them to travel with. Carla's writing about food and wine appears regularly on Zester Daily, in Decanter, and in many other magazines and papers on both sides of the Atlantic. She now divides her time between London and Italy, but spends many months each year travelling to Asia and beyond to write about new trends in cooking. Her website is carlacapalbo.com.

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We are using this guide to help us plan for an upcoming trip to a less-traveled area in southern Campania.
HG6649
We dined in restaurants off the beaten path, sitting with locals and savoring the experiences made possible by this exceptional guide book.
M. W. Bell
The castel is the home to a winery and they produce some excellent wine that is now being 'discovered' by Americans.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Eric J. Lyman on April 12, 2006
Format: Paperback
Any food lover planning (or daydreaming about) a trip to Naples or the surrounding area ought to buy The Food and Wine Guide to Naples and Campania with plans to place it in their carry-on right after their passport.

This easy-to-read and information-packed volume makes for a pleasurable handbook to one of Italy's most fascinating regions. The texts are simple, effective, to the point, and, most importantly, very accurately described. So far I've eaten at around a dozen restaurants recommended in the book and I found every one to be excellent and unpretentious. The information about wines is similarly on the mark -- both in terms of what to expect when visiting wine makers and also when popping the cork on the products of their labors. And the food-oriented shops the book mentions have in my experience been charming and worthwhile. I have not used writer Carla Capalbo's advice on hotels in the region, but I can't imagine it would not be excellent.

The book also makes for entertaining reading: filled with anecdotes about the regions traditions, history, tastes, and smells. The book's commitment to high-quality quality photography means that a heavy, glossy paper stock is used. That results in an unusually heavy book, but just glancing through the pages reveals photography that brings many spots to life and make carrying around an extra 500 grams (1 pound) or so worth the effort.

At the book's heart is a simple, passionate, and refreshing advocacy for the area it covers. It can be addictive.

That said, there are a couple of things I'd encourage editors to improve in future editions of the book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Carrie D. Murphy on August 26, 2006
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We have lived in the Naples area for the past year, but found more wonderful local sources for food and wine in one weekend using this well-researched guide than we found in the whole previous year! Much of life in Southern Italy is governed by word-of-mouth, and Carla Capalbo has done the hard work for anyone interested in the wonderful array of local food, wine, and olive oil available here. Brava!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. W. Bell on May 11, 2006
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I consider myself fortunate to unexpectedly pick up this book the day we left for southern Italy. At the last minute, I decided I needed guide book(s) and this caught my eye. Because of The Food and Wine Guide to Naples and Campania, we experienced far more of the excellent food and wine of the area than we would have ever done on our own. And we met wonderful, warm Campanians anxious to share their fresh and delicious food and hospitality with us. This book directed us to a wonderful agritourismo where we spent two nights and had outstanding meals, with most of the food fresh from the farm. We dined in restaurants off the beaten path, sitting with locals and savoring the experiences made possible by this exceptional guide book.

One small drawback is finding some of the locations recommended in the book. Get a good map (as the author suggested) and be prepared to ask directions. And carry an Italian language guide as you may encounter areas and situations where English may not carry you far. But don't let that deter you-follow the author's recommendations and you will be rewarded.

If you are looking a guidebook touting the usual sights and recommendations, this is not for you. If, however, you want to experience a slice of southern Italy that will leave you aching for a return trip, this is it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Zia on April 28, 2006
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What a fabulous book! We just returned from a trip to Calabria and Campania and I only wish that Carla had done for Calabria what she has for Campania! Her book provided us with actual maps for eating our way through the countryside and for understanding the uniqueness of the foods that we were tasting. We glanced at her book at our small hotel, Palazzo Torre Barbara, in Vico Equense. It mentioned La Tradizione, a spectacular alimentari just down the street, but which we had missed entirely. We're just happy that La Tradizione had copies for sale next to the fresh pecorino ricotta, wines, salumi, bread and much more. Carla's writing enticed us to explore lots more of Campania than we had planned. She led us to places way off our own map. Grazie, Carla.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By HG6649 on February 2, 2007
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Fantastic resource for planning gastronomic adventures in Campania. We are using this guide to help us plan for an upcoming trip to a less-traveled area in southern Campania. This amazing book provides great insight for food and wine lovers who want to know where to go, and what to eat and drink when you get there. There is simply no way I could have compiled this information on my own.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer A. Wickes on September 1, 2005
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The Food and Wine Guide to Naples and Campania is an exceptional and thorough handbook to the cuisine of the Naples and Campania region in southern Italy. Capalbo has spent the past 10 years as the leading expert in Italian food. With a passion for all things Italian and the occupational skills of a book editor, Capalbo spent three years in Southern Italy to research this digest. Filled with color photographs, restaurant guides, wineries, gourmet shops, history and explanations of Italian cooking, Capalbo has shown us an Italy that only a native would know. The author's love and enthusiasm for Italy can be felt within this guide through her thorough and complete explanation of the region's food as well as her fervor for Southern Italy. There is no other comparable work available, so this almanac is an excellent addition to all libraries.
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