Moonlight is a traditional Italian restaurant and wine bar in the Sant’Agnello area of Sorrento run by Antonio and Anna and it serves some of the best food I’ve ever tasted. So good in fact, I insisted on going twice.
Okay, first things first – we need to talk about this starter. Yes, that’s a starter. Il fritto della tradizione Napoletana, or ‘the frying of the Neapolitan tradition’ was an absolute game changer. As the name suggestions this is fried food, it’s a street food style but in a resturant setting. It contained a potato croquet which was impossibly creamy; a ball of deep fried mozzarella which I really didn’t know I needed in my life but it turns out I do; potato and mozzarella croquet; fried courgette; crispy potatoes and the real show stopper: a ball of bacon, tomato and mushroom arancini.
Yes we had the same starter on both occasions and no, I regret nothing.
On both visits I had the ravioli caprese because I am: a) a creature of habit and, b) obsessed with cheese. The pasta was handmade and so incredibly light; I worried a little ordering pasta that it would be too heavy, especially after the vast quantities of fried food I ingested as a starter but I needn’t have because the pasta was deliciously light but not wafer-thin. Serious pasta sorcery going on there. The mozzarella inside the ravioli was meltingly-good and really well seasoned, the tomato sauce was packed full of flavour and the parmesan added a hit of saltiness that really worked perfectly.
It’s impossible to photograph and plate of risotto and make it look attractive but I hear that the prawn and lemon risotto with prawn carpaccio was excellent too. I tried a tiny mouthful and it tasted incredibly fresh, if a little too fishy for me.
On our second visit, the lobster ravioli with pink pepper sauce was a clear winner for one of the best dishes of the holiday. I tried a tiny bit of this too and it was a taste sensation, particularly the creamy pink pepper sauce which was incredibly unique. I don’t eat fish or seafood but I think I could have demolished a plate of this. Again, the pasta was homemade and incredibly light.
Affogato is always a popular choice for dessert and it was incredibly good. Almost as good as the tiramisu which I didn’t get a picture of because it looked so good I wolfed in down in seconds.
Moonlight have over 100 different local wines on the menu which is really impressive and if the weather had been a bit warmer in the evenings I definitely would have stayed for a glass of wine in the garden area.
The decor is traditional and the restaurant is spotlessly clean. On both occasions we went it was quite quiet, the first time we went a little early and the second time we held off a little later but again, it was pretty quiet which I have no complaints about because the food and service was absolutely excellent and that’s the most important thing.
Moonlight is really reasonably priced too, I can’t remember the exact amount but for a three course meal and a bottle of local wine the bill was well under 100 euros.
Considering it was a last minute choice we really couldn’t have chosen better and I thoroughly recommend a visit to Moonlight if you’re in Sorrento – even if you’re not staying in Sant’Agnello, it’s worth travelling for.