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!

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.