We were on our way from Avellino to Maratea with stops at Tenuta Vannulo (Best Mozzarela di Bufala) and Paestum (Best Greek ruins this side of Greece) and a recommendation in hand from an Agropolio local to dine at a restaurant that turned out to be closed on Monday. We asked the front desk of the hotel adjacent to the closed restaurant where to eat; she recommended Il Buttero. We are so happy she did!
There were only two tables occupied when we arrived at 1pm - the restaurant was beautifully set up and we were immediately seated at a perfect table for 6. Our waiter - who also cooks and serves a mean steak - was fantastic. He walked us through the day's specials and took our order. Our first course - of grilled local vegetables - was mouth watering. For our second course, we had 4 different kinds of pasta - each was unique and excellent. Of note were the "Half (Mezzi) Bacherri with Shrimp (Gamberi) - notable not only for the taste but the shrimp were hiding in each half of the the pasta - a lot of work and attention to detail made this a special treat. After which left us all remarking on how good things were, we watched our waiter cook up the biggest steak I've seen in Southern Italy. When I said it looked like a steak Florentine, he explained that the beef used is unique to their restaurant and showed us the end result - dinner for two at least!
I noted a couple of older reviews skewered the service at Il Buttero - and my last review of Salvatore in Ravello - highlighted the negative effect of service on excellent food and ambiance. In our case, our service was impeccable and our waiter could not have been nicer or more gracious. Not only did he take the time to show us the steak and explain its significance, when he brought the bill, he had given us a 7% discount on our bill - rounding our Euro 107 bill for six including a bottle of red wine and a half bottle of white down to Euro 100.
It was an amazing Monday lunch and provide my highest recommendation for Il Buttero.
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