Salina, the green island, is known for it’s capers and malvasia wine.
I love capers and wine so this has helped make the decision to spend five nights here, relaxing and exploring the island.
The Hotel Ravesi is the perfect base for us
This small charming three star hotel is a family hotel, owned and run by the Ravesi family.
Family photos in the bar show the history of the hotel. It is the result of restoration of houses and farmhouses built after the war as well as the original farm lodges
Ravesi family photo.
The hotel is in Malfa, home to a rosticceria takeaway bar, fruit and vegetable shop, hairdresser, pool hall, hardware shop, three restaurants and two churches and a small harbour at the bottom of the hill. What more do you need?
Hotel Ravesi with the town centre just down the street
The family are always around the hotel, chatting to guests and making sure everyone is happy.
The rooms are simply furnished and most have wonderful verandahs with sea views or outside sitting areas overlooking the beautiful gardens. Breakfast of fresh fruit, meat and cheeses, breads, pastries and often a cake or two is beautifully presented in the bar area near the pool.
The view from our verandah
The pool area is stunning with magnificent views to Stromboli and Panrea
Pool area set up for a wedding.
There are many nooks and crannies in the beautiful gardens to escape to with a book or in the evening a drink and some of the fabulous snacks that are offered
Outside sitting area
View back to the bar and rooms
Fishing boats at Malfa harbour
During our stay, we try all the local restaurants.
Close by, “A’Lumeredda”, a pizzeria and restaurant offers local cuisine using olives, capers and caperberries grown on the island. Fresh seafood, grilled meats, pasta dishes and woodfired pizzas are served on an alfresco terrace.
Next door at “Cosi Duci”, you can buy home made Aeolian pastries, biscuits, fabulous jams and honey.
Next to the hotel is the pizzeria “U Cucunciu” serving a similar menu of pasta dishes and woodfired pizza.
Pizza Aeolian at U Cucunciu
But the best is yet to come.
Just round the corner is the 4* Hotel Signum. Owner and chef, Michele Caruso has created an enviable reputation for the hotel’s restaurant.
The restaurant terrace overlooks the hotel and gardens.
We start with lightly fried pumpkin flowers with anchovy and ricotta.
Bucatini fatti in casa con ragu biance a mare (home made pasta with seafood sauce)
Filetto di ricciola con zucchina alla trifolata menta (Ricciola with zucchini cooked with parsely, garlic and mint)
Torrone cassata finishes a stunning meal
If you want to venture further afield for dinner, you will need to hire a bike, scooter or car from the friendly people at Tourist Service S.A.S
Tourist Service S.A.S
Via Roma, 112
Tel:+39 090 9880174
Tourist Service S.A.S
Tel:+39 090 9844385
Via Scalo, 15
Tel+39 090 9844222
Via San Lorenzo,1
Tel:+39 090 9844130
Pizzeria U Cucunciu
Via San Lorenzo,9
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