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September 15, 2019 | Rome, Italy
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Crowne Plaza Caserta

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Viale delle Industrie (area ex-Saint Gobain)
Caserta, IT-CE 81100 Italy

Chef Francesco Franceschini produces elegant, innovative flavors and lovely presentations. Sophisticated international cuisine is served upstairs in an intimate room (75 settings). Shrimp on layers of eggplant with raw celery, peppers, basil and shredded ginger laced with balsamic vinegar was the perfect antipasto to stimulate an appetite at the end of a hot day. Homemade local pasta, scialatielli, made with nero di sepia (cuttlefish ink) superbly paired with bitter wild chicory, intense flavors balanced with mussels, pine nuts, and tomatoes. Tuna was perfectly grilled with a rosy center. Local straw-colored white wine, Fiano di Avellino 2004 by Villa Diamante was intriguingly complex and refreshing, a perfect match with dinner; its aromas of grass, pineapple and grapefruit prelude a fruity taste permeated with smoky undertones. The cassata for dessert was excellent. Budget-minded locals enjoy the chef’s bravura at lunch on weekdays when he prepares traditional dishes at bargain prices served in the larger Main Restaurant across from the indoor waterfall. Basement parking. From the Reggia (Royal Palace) follow the wall alongside the train tracks to Caserta’s modern industrial park.

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