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Eastern Campania

East of Naples, one leaves the shadow of Vesuvius as the terrain grows mountainous, with hill towns dotting the countryside, as well as a few larger towns in the valleys.

Avellino

The capital of the Avellino province, this is the major town in this area.
  • Antica Trattoria Martella - via Chiesa Conservatorio 10, 082-531-117, 032-532-123, closed Mon, Sun eve, in the historic center, known for its traditional, local food, ~€30-35.  Rec'd by Gambero Rosso, Slow Food Osterie d'Italia, Espresso, Michelin, Carla Capalbo, and TCI.
  • La Maschera Locanda d'Autore - Rampa S. Modestino 1, closed Sun eve, Mon, rec'd by Gambero Rosso, Michelin, Carla Capalbo, TCI.
  • Radici Resort - Località Piano Pantano, Contrada Corpo di Cristo, in Mirabella Eclano, 082-543-1537, 082-561-4111, closed Sun eve, Wed, Tracey Pruiett raves: "Amazing restaurant. Nearby wineries. 9 hole golf course. It's like a little piece of Tuscany that's only 45 minutes to an hour away." also rec'd by Gambero Rosso, Espresso, and TCI

Places to Eat Near Avellino

  • Ariano Irpino: La Pignata - Viale dei Tigli 7, 082-587-2571, 082-587-2355, closed Tues, rec'd by Gambero Rosso, Slow Food Osterie d'Italia, Espresso, Michelin, Carla Capalbo, and TCI, ~€35-40, fixed price menus for €28, 36, and 42.
  • Melito Irpino: Antica Trattoria di Pietro - Corso Italia 8, 082-547-2010, closed Wed, and 2 weeks in September, rec'd by Gambero Rosso, Osterie d'Italia, Mangiarozzo, Carla Capalbo, and Michelin, ~€25-35
  • #Atripalda: Valleverde da Zi' Pasqualina - Via Pianodardine 112, 082-562-6115, closed Sun, much of August, and late Dec/early Jan, rec'd by Gambero Rosso, Slow Food Osterie d'Italia, Espresso, Mangiarozzo, Carla Capalbo, and TCI, one of the oldest trattorie in Irpinia, serves classic Irpinia-style food, ~€30-47, tasting menu €40.  Luciano Pignataro has a blog entry about their soup (in Italian)
    • Mastrobernadino winery is here, www.mastro.it
  • Bisaccia: Antica Osteria e Locanda Grillo d'Oro - Località Bisaccia, Largo Convento, 082-789-278, closed Mon eve, ~€25-30, rec'd by Slow Food Osterie d'Italia, Carla Capalbo, and Mangiarozzo; Luciano Pignataro blog entry (in Italian)
  • Ospedaletto d'Alpinolo: Osteria del Gallo e della Volpe - Piazza Umberto I 12/14, 082-569-1225, closed Sun even, Mon, only dinner, rec'd by Gambero Rosso, Osterie d'Italia, Espresso, and Michelin
  • Santo Stefano del Sole: Taberna Vulgi - Località San Pietro, Via Casino 6, 082-567-3664, closed Sun eve, Mon, Tues, rec'd by Gambero Rosso, Osterie d'Italia, and Espresso
  • Gesualdo: La Pergola - closed Wed, only dinner except weekends, rec'd by Gambero Rosso, Osterie d'italia, Espresso, Mangiarozzo, Carla Capalbo, and TCI...the town has a cool castle
  • Grottolella (a bit far N of Avellino): La Cantinella - via della Repubblica 14, rec'd by Mangiarozzo.
  • Lioni (way E of Avellino): La Pentola d'Oro - via Torino 15, rec'd by Mangiarozzo
  • Scampitella (N of Vallesaccarda): La Vecchia Scalinata - via Mazzini 20, rec'd by Mangiarozzo
  • Serino (SE of Avelino, in Raiano): Braceria Raiano Antica - piazza Iannelli 35, rec'd by Mangiarozzo
  • San Michele di Serino (S of Avelino): Ristornate Tavernetta Marinella - via Cotone 1, rec'd by Osterie d'Italia
  • Sant'Angelo dei Lombardi (deep inland E of Avellino): La Locanda - Borgo San Rocco, rec'd by Osterie d'Italia
  • Mercogliano: I Santi - rec'd by Carla Capalbo
  • Cesinali (SE of Avellino): Gelateria la Gondola, rec'd TCI
  • Vallesaccarda
    • Oasis Sapori Antichi - via Provinciale 8, 082-797-021, closed Sun eve, Thurs, rec'd by Gambero Rosso, Espresso, Michelin, TCI, Mangiarozzo, €19 workday lunch menu, €35-60 various menus or a la carte.
    • Rostorante Hotel Minicuccio - Via Santa Maria 24/26, closed Mon, rec'd by Osterie d'Italia, Mangiarozzo, and Michelin

Wine Country

This area is known for its great wine, especially the prized Taurasi
  • Antica Hirpinia - Contrada Lenze, 082-774-730, www.anticahirpinia.it, Fiano di Avellino, Anno Domini 1590, and Irpinia Aglianico were named one of Slow Food's favorite "everyday wines"
  • Antonio Caggiano
  • Cantine Antico Borgo
  • --> Contrade di Taurasi
  • --> Tenuta del Cavalier Pepe

To Do

There's more than just wine and food:
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