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“Great fried Cuoppo on the GO”

La Taverna Del Mozzo
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$9 - US$57
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 25 August 2016

Classic street food! Fast and very tasty. I had the cuppo of fried calamari and a Panuozzo, which is a pizza sandwich.

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Reviewed 20 May 2016

This is one for the books. I planned four months diligently for this particular eleven week drive tour (top to bottom self cater weekly changes, cooking about 1/4 of our meals in house only). It's the little unexpected events, local peoples and paese moments that linger as much as the lake vistas, the gondola waterways, the massive cathedrals, Tuscan caves, Sicilian plains,glorious coasts everywhere.

We were slightly off schedule and a bit too far for our restaurant of choice twenty five kilometers beyond. With The internet misbehaving and no TA or other nerd about dining in Porto di Marina di Camerota, Salerno, we took a shot at the cozy La Taverna del Mozzo, mostly because from the wind I enjoyed the way the chef orchestrated his work behind the tables as well as his listing his values as slow food oriented.

He bent over his preparation, back arched, with fingers rapidly slicing the air and eyes intensely fixed. It was as if Paderewski or Rachmaninov were about strike the keys debuting a new major work. That sold me. This guy knew his stuff and with such focused passion to boot. Upon entry, he suggested the very good value lunch of two courses including varying personal options, and we could embellish upon that base if we so chose. What followed was amazing.

Here's the blow by blow and speak of cost at the end. We started with a full bottle of water, two very nice mixed breads, one grainy and nutty , the other a foccaccio with a fine dipping EVOO. This was followed by a surprise freebee of anchovies in oil, buttered bread and two colored cherry tomatoes. Throughout the meal there were our glasses from good bottled local white wine, dry and crisp.

Our mutually ordered primi for two consisted of two excellent fresh breaded fishcake balls lightly fried, one fried small hard pasta each stuffed with rich creamy cheese and topped with a fresh cooked mussel, a very good mozzarella on a specialty bread we've never had (possibly resembling a polenta slightly) with a delicious fruity sauce that playfully chocked our taste buds nicely. The wine was perfectly matched.

Now we move on to the entrees: I got a whole amazingly fresh grilled fish and my wife a very large slightly al dente hint of red tomato pasta thoroughly infused with fresh shrimp cut into bite sized morsels. We'd ordered an extra (came very large and perfectly prepared) escarole in oil with garlic and herbs.

When we got the bill, I was amazed. I've paid twice as much for less quality on a few occasions and would have considered our final bill a decent value if it were E25 higher. How they can do this at La Taverna Del Mozzo is beyond me. I strongly urge anyone in the area to take a peek at the menu, jump in and be prepared for some exceptional sticker shock in reverse, great food, wonderful service and all under the auspices of an artistic masterful chef. We noticed all but one table full on a quiet day and everyone seemed very content as were we. Most other places were empty or sparse with customers.

I'd strongly advise reserving in season or for evening meals as there is limited seating,

What a find! What incredible value. What nice people. Grazie tanto~

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Reviewed 23 June 2015

We found a place with good food and a perfect ambiance. Only a few tables inisde and outside across street on a terrace with beautifull views on the harbour and sea. Relaxed atmosphere, not pretentious. Nice people serving and cooking and knowing what they can offer. Plates had only a little special twist to stay close to the real pure food. Advice on local wine was perfect. An evening to remember. As we like it best in Italy or actually anywhere. Normally this is a 4 point place but we add the 5th for it's honesty.

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This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
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