The excellence of seafood cuisine: history and innovation

Refined seafood cuisine, excellence and hospitality. Restaurant Da Gemma ranks among the best restaurants on Capri. It is included, promoted with flying colors, in the Top Ten compiled on the Wineblog by Luciano Pignataro, renowned journalist and food and wine critic.

Gemma Rocchi has taken the reins of a glorious past that bears the name of her grandmother, Gemma Lembo, a symbol of Capri hospitality. She elegantly and discreetly welcomed stars of the 1960s to her establishment behind Capri’s Piazzetta.

Among the regulars: Princess Soraya, Gracie Fields, Brigitte Bardot and Clark Gable. Gemma Rocchi has dragged history, flavors and hospitality to the shores of the Beach Club “Le Ondine,” where the historic Capri-Naples marathon has been starting for years.

The sea is the common thread in the cuisine of Gemma Rocchi. Local fish, ancient recipes renewed, international contaminations. Characteristics that make Da Gemma an excellent seafood restaurant a stone’s throw from the port of Marina Grande and the funicular railway that leads to Capri’s Piazzetta.

Da Gemma: Marina Grande’s flagship and traditional Capri restaurant

Tradition and refined flavors. Da Gemma is one of Capri’s most popular restaurants. It is located a stone’s throw from the port of Marina Grande, nestled in one of the island’s most beautiful views. A breathtaking panorama, a window to Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples. Traditional cuisine, handed down from Grandma Gemma, has been intoxicating palates for 80 years.

Noble taste and excellence. The historic Marina Grande eatery is a symbol of Mediterranean flavors and loving Capri hospitality. It was born in Capri’s historic Piazzetta , then landed in Marina Grande since May 2016. To choose and enjoy the dishes on offer is to embark on a unique food and wine journey. The seafood proposals are varied and make Da Gemma restaurant one of the most renowned seafood restaurants in Capri, framed by the blue sky and sea. Appreciated are the classic and timeless dishes: fritto misto and Spaghettone “Gemma.”

A philosophy inspired by ancient recipes, revisited with a contemporary twist. An extraordinary taste experience, accompanied by a Wine List, which crosses Italy and looks all the way to France. Niche wines, loved all over the world. Da Gemma is also a lounge bar and Beach Club, on one of Capri’s most beautiful beaches. Le Ondine Beach Club” is Capri’s dolce vita on the crystal clear sea. A corner of paradise, near the port of Marina Grande, outside the chaos of the island

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Gemma Rocchi: a long tradition of hospitality and genuine cuisine in a fabulous location

Gemma Rocchi: “I carry on the legacy passed on by my grandmother, a symbol of Capri hospitality.”

A tradition that has been postponed for more than 80 years. A long history of love and roots that from the Piazzetta of Capri, continues today in Marina Grande. The watchword “Da Gemma” was and continues to be hospitality. Like her grandmother, Gemma Rocchi wants to make her customers feel at home. A breathtaking location, in one of the most beautiful stretches of water on the island. A strategic location, a stone’s throw from the port, where you can enjoy the crystal clear sea and good food. The “Le Ondine” beach club, lounge bar and Da Gemma restaurant are landmarks, to fully experience the Capri mood. Gemma proudly looks at the past, bringing it back to the present with innovation, staying true to the values transmitted to us by Grandma Gemma.

Gemma, what are the strengths of the Restaurant and Beach Club?

We are located in a happy oasis, in a central but less chaotic area of Marina Grande. Just a stone’s throw from the harbor, our place is easily reached by funicular, cabs and various means. Another strong point is the crystal clear sea; those who know the island know that by a play of currents in Marina Grande there is the cleanest water. Our Beach Club has a luggage room, equipped with video surveillance. In addition, our Lounge Bar serves breakfast from morning to 9:30 a.m. and accompanies guests until aperitif time. While the kitchen is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., catering to every need, then reopening for dinner.

When was Da Gemma restaurant in Marina Grande born?

Since May 2016. After carrying out a major renovation of an existing restaurant, I felt it was my duty to use the collaboration of a starred chef to create the restaurant I had always dreamed of. Chef Peppe Guida reflected my conception of cuisine, which goes beyond the number of stars. Unsophisticated, but genuine dishes.

Tradition repurposed with a modern twist…

That’s right, this is our philosophy. The revival of ancient recipes with a modern twist. For example, even the Spaghetto “Gemma” that my grandmother used to make is served with a touch of innovation. Our dishes look simple, but there is a lot of work behind them.

Grandma Gemma a legacy you carry in and behind you. A burden or an honor?

Definitely an honor, my grandmother Gemma was synonymous with Capri hospitality. Let’s talk about a type of catering that has been claudicant on Capri for a while. In Piazzetta Gemma worked not only because of the good food, but because to welcome you there was an excellent hostess who with simplicity and human warmth made you feel at home. In fact, not surprisingly we went patrons from all over the world and of a certain caliber as well. I do not want to emulate Grandma Gemma because she was unique in her way of doing things.

What did you take with you from all this?

The hospitality, this warm way of doing things. A hospitality that is not contrived, not constructed comes from the gut, it is passed down with DNA. It was a characteristic of my grandmother Gemma, my mother, and they say it belongs to me as well.