New season, Gemma Rocchi: “Lots of news and sweet surprises.”

“Da Gemma” restaurant, “Le Ondine” Beach Club” and lounge bar, located in the enchanting setting of Marina Grande (Capri), will reopen on April 8. With a “tradition of cuisine,” handed down from generation to generation, the staff is ready to open the new season, with authentic and creative flavors, framed by the beauty of the island. Accompanying guests on this gastronomic journey and beyond is the wonderful welcome of Gemma Rocchi, who reveals some new features, starting with the menu.

An earlier opening than last season, how come?

We decided to kick off this new season on April 8, we played a little early compared to previous seasons. A choice dictated by a big event, the G7, which Capri will host next April 17, 18 and 19. Besides… we couldn’t wait to start again!

What will be the new features?

First of all in the kitchen a big reconfirmation, at the stove will remain our chef Emiliano Neri. By now he has won many palates, loyal customers with his passion and culinary art that perfectly matches our philosophy: tradition with a pinch of innovation. Together, we will present a new menu for the restaurant and beach club. We will focus on quality and quantity, we want the customer to leave our restaurant satisfied, this is our goal.

Will the evergreens, including the ancient recipes handed down by Nonna Gemma, always remain?

Absolutely. Spaghettone Gemma, Fritto Gemma, and Ravioli capresi are dishes that have made the history of the restaurant, our roots, and so they will always be on the menu. Then, these dishes are the most chosen by tourists who come from all over the world and wish to taste the traditional cuisine of Campania.

A cuisine that follows, especially, the line of the sea….

Land, but above all sea. We will bring the sea to the table with crudos, shrimps, oysters, tuna tartare, linguine with Scampi, all caught of the day. We source exclusively from local fishermen. We care to offer only excellence, guaranteeing quality and freshness of raw materials.

Let’s talk about the desserts. Will you go for whimsy, innovation this year?

No, on the contrary. We want to consolidate tradition. We will focus on chocolate caprese cake, lemon cake, baba and many other sweet proposals that reflect the ancient art of pastry making, mainly that of Campania.

As for the beach club “Le Ondine” , what will we expect this year?

We will extend the hours and make some minor changes, arrangements that will make a difference to ensure maximum efficiency of services and comfort for our guests. In addition, the menu dedicated exclusively to the Beach club that will be served on the beach will be expanded. The lounge bar will allow patrons to enjoy rich, mouth-watering breakfasts and sip special cocktails while enjoying the warm rays of sunsets in a “dolce vita caprese” atmosphere.

Culinary proposals that tell the story of Campania, Capri and bring together even the most demanding palates. Also making a difference is the service, which many have called impeccable?

We have confirmed almost all of the staff: 24 out of 26 is a success, it means they are comfortable, they are loyal, customers are satisfied with the service in the dining room and always receive compliments. What makes the difference is teamwork. Of course, they are never alone.

In fact, the welcome is entrusted to her smile and kindness. She carries on the legacy of Grandma Gemma, who was for years the symbol of Capri hospitality….

The values handed down by my family, by Grandma Gemma I cherish and carry them on. Hospitality for me is essential. In the hall I am always present, it is important that you see the face of the owner who, of course, can take whistles as well as lots of applause. But I have a need to see for myself and see how the guest is doing, if there is something wrong. Criticism also helps us to improve. We look forward to April 8 with great enthusiasm!

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.