“It was 3am. After an unforgettable dinner with friends, music and moonlight, the Americans hurriedly rose from the table to catch the first noisy fishermen motorboat that was returning from sea. They ran to the small marina close by without paying their bills.
“The fisherman probably have anchovies” says Gennaro Marciante with enthusiasm. “Let’s fry them right now” replies Gennaro Castiello. Gennaro and Gennaro are the owners of Acquapazza, a tiny restaurant facing the sea in the small village of Cetara, at the very start of the Amalfi Coast where the beautiful seaside resorts of Amalfi and Sorrento are located. Of course, after buying the anchovies from the fishermen, the Americans return to the Gennaros and pay the bill, but not before they have had the real taste of Cetara.
The duo are often invited on Italian tv to demonstrate their high quality cooking. They also regularly participate in cooking contests and conferences abroad. But it’s not for these reasons that people from all over the world as well as the locals from nearby Salerno and Naples stop for dinner at Acquapazza. It’s for the unbeatably fresh fish, especialy the world- famous Cetara anchovies, a unique species fished right at the Cetara coast during limited periods during the year.
“One evening,” said a British gentleman travelling from London “I was with a some colleagues and we had a dinner based only on tuna. One of the Gennaros recommended all tuna based dishes because he personally chose a a huge tuna fish right off the fishermen boat which wouldn’t fit inthe fridge”.
“Maybe it’s the food, maybe it’s the stunning landscape, Cetara is one of the best places I’ve seen in my life” says an old lady on her twentieth tour of Italy. “It’s never enough”. She sums it up just right!