[PRAIANO] —  A teeny little restaurant right on the water underneath the Onde Verde, we avoided it at first…just some bamboo and plastic chairs clinging to the rocks right on the water. It was one of the best meals all of us every had. While we were eating, a fisherman pulled his boat right up to the railing and whistled. The cook comes out of the kitchen and the dude hands over a few octopuses and a sea bass of some sort. Not a tourist in site. Doesn’t get any better than that.

Simple stuff, like muscles. bruschetta and pasta. This was the first meal that made me realize the importance fresh ingredients can make in a dish. Before, I always thought “more was better”. But this meal taught me that with the best ingredients, you only need two or three to make an amazing meal.

This picture has been in on my fridge ever since.

UPDATE: They’ve continue to make this restaurant even better. Gone are the plastic chairs. They just made everything better. So much so that Travel & Leisure featured them on the cover of their Food Issue a couple of years ago under “The World’s Most Amazing Restaurants”. Check it out here.

Il Pirata in Travel & Leisure magazine

Proof that simple can be good. Damn good.


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