Review: Ristorante Il Refettorio at Monastero Santa Rosa

Review and Menu: Ristorante Il Refettorio at Monastero Santa Rosa


This review of Ristorante Il Refettorio at Monastero Santa Rosa in Conca dei Marini on the Amalfi Coast is part of a trip report featuring the Amalfi Coast, Tuscany, Florence, Rome, Singapore Suites, Air Berlin Business Class, and luxury hotel stays, dining and activities in Berlin and Italy. 

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Ristorante Il Refettorio Location 

Monastero Santa Rosa in Conca dei Marini has its own restaurant, Ristorante Il Refettorio, located just down the stairs from the entry level of the hotel.


The Scene

As you'd expect for an intimate, romantic Amalfi Coast hotel that only permits children 16 and older to stay at the property, other diners were all couples. Our son was allowed for dinner, since the restaurant does serve outside guests, even though he couldn't stay at the property due to his age.

Review: Ristorante Il Refettorio at Monastero Santa Rosa, Amalfi Coast


Ristorante Il Refettorio Menu and Food

We dine early when we're with our son, so we were the very first guests and were warmly welcomed, before being seated at a table with a lovely sea view (most all the tables here have great views). We were offered menus, and opted to order family style, sharing several dishes. I was surprised by the number of options for appetizers, pastas and main courses, particularly considering that the hotel has just 20 rooms.

Appetizer Menu at Ristorante Refetterio Monastero Santa Rosa

Pasta Menu-Monastero Santa Rosa Restaurant-Il Refettorio

Main Course Menu-Monastero Santa Rosa Il Refettorio


After we made our selections, fresh bread was brought; as usual our son attempted to try as many types as he could, while I tried to save room for the dishes to come. The olive oil that the bread is served with is produced exclusively for Monastero Santa Rosa and is called Il Mulino della Signora.

Fresh Bread, Il Refettorio Restaurant at Monastero Santa Rosa


As an amuse bouche, we were brought some fresh scallop crudo, which was exactly how you'd want to begin a meal on a warm Amalfi Coast evening.

Scallop Crudo Amuse Bouche, Il Refettorio, Monastero Santa Rosa


We put ourselves in the able hands of Il Refettorio's sommelier, who suggested a local white (Marisa Cuomo Costa d'Amalfi Ravello) that was nicely chilled and perfectly complemented our dishes:

Marisa Cuomo Costa d'Amalfi Ravello White Wine


We decided to share a couple of appetizers; a Crudo of Amberjack tartar with pineapple served with a coriander and bufala yogurt sauce, which again was fresh, flavorful and fragrant:

Amberjack Tartar, Il Refettorio Restaurant, Monastero Santa Rosa


And a cous cous with red bell pepper and herb pesto, accompanied by red mullet and squid tempura. I enjoyed the contrast in flavors and textures, with the herbal and piquant flavors of the pesto a nice foil to the crisp red tempura.

Cous Cous with Pesto and Red Mullet and Squid Tempura, Monastero Santa Rosa


Our server had recommended the Linguine di Gragnano Al Ricci Di Mare (pasta with sea snails and purple potatoes in sea urchin sauce, with sfusato amalfitano lemon zest), and this was delicious and unique–you don't often see this combination of flavors, of sea urchin with artisanal pasta and lemon zest.

Gragnano Pasta with Sea Urchin Sauce and Sea Snails, Monastero Santa Rosa


The favorite dish of the night, however, was ordered by our son: a hearty potato gnocchi with guinea fowl ragu and mushrooms. This description belies just how amazing this dish was–it's one I *need* the recipe for, because I'm not going to be able to wait until the next time I make it back to Monastero Santa Rosa to have this dish again. We really should have ordered two of these, given how good it was and how we soaked up every last drop of the sauce with bread.

Gnocchi with Guinea Fowl Ragu and Mushrooms, Monastero Santa Rosa


Our main course of Grilled Sea Bream was expertly prepared and cooked to perfection (no overcooked fish here), accompanied by potatoes, and crisp tender green beans as well as a zesty red pepper sauce. But I'm afraid it was outshone by that gnocchi with guinea fowl ragu and mushrooms dish.

Grilled Sea Bream, Il Refettorio, Monastero Santa Rosa


I was very sorry to forego dessert, but we needed to get our son to sleep given the intense travel days we were having. That said, I've heard great things about Sfogliatella Santa Rosa dessert with almond ricotta and cherry sorbet.


The Verdict

After a busy and hot day at Paestum, my husband and I sighed with contentment over dinner at Ristorante Il Refettorio, with its beautiful sea views, fresh and delicous food and wine, and excellent service. The light, fresh and fragrant preparations were exactly what we wanted with the warm weather, and yet the gnocchi with guinea fowl and mushrooms, the heartiest dish, also turned out to be our favorite, so I wouldn't hestitate to pick any of the dishes or make a special request. Truly a romantic dinner out, even with our son, and a restaurant and hotel we hope to return to.

If you've dined at Ristorante Il Refettorio at Monastero Santa Rosa, what was your experience?

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary meal at Ristorante Il Refettorio at Monastero Santa Rosa and paid a travel industry rate for my stay there. The views expressed in this post are my own.

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