The name of the restaurant means “Sunset”; if you are wondering why, go there during sunset and you’ll discover yourself: the view you can enjoy from there, especially from the roof of the reastaurant, at dusk is simply breathless: The sun is going down behind the island of Palmarola and at some point, Palmarola becomes dark and you can see only its shape, stuck in the sky, changing colours very quickly from blue, to pink, to intense red. Nature goes all the way in this spot of land! You can experience the same natural show while eating in the restaurant, which enjoys a big window all around the portico, facing the island of Palamarola.
The sunset at Il Tramonto makes a great part of the job, yet the service and the environment of the restaurant, give their contribution to make it a really good experience. Ivan, the owner, and his staff are always nice and kind and willing to recommend the best choice for you.
Once the natural show is finished, the culinary show begins: we could see excellent raw and hot starters served to the other tables. They were spreading a good smell of sea, which is always a hint of fresheness. Yet, this time, we decided to concentrate on the main and second courses.
While waiting for pasta, the staff kindly offered us some algae croquettes. We had handmade Ravioli stuffed with grouper and dressed with dried tomatoes and olives. The other one, of course, could be but Spaghetti with Sea Urchins, a specialty from Il Tramonto. Just one word can describe this dish: delicious! Your palate is overcome by flavours and you can really taste and smell the sea!
As a second course, you may choose something from the menu, but we decided to go for the catch of the day: the owner showed us a tray full of fresh fishes and we chose directly from there to have a grey mullet and a striped bream, simply cooked in the oven in order to exalt their flavours, served with chopped potatoes. Useless to say: when fish is really fresh, it’s juicy and really tasty! All this good food was combined with an excellent wine from region Campania (don’t forget that Ponza is not so far from Campania, although it’s still region Lazio): Falanghina by Mustilli.
Since we didn’t have starters, our stomachs had still enough space for desserts! We recommend to try Coppetta Cala Feola and Crostata Cala Felci: the first one is a mousse of mascarpone cheese, strawberries and artisanal biscuits, matched with handmade strawberry jam. Crostata Cala Felci is a pastry tart, stuffed with apples and cinnamon, served hot and matched with custard ice cream and toasted almonds. What can we say? The desserts are not only very good to eat but also beautiful to see. After all…we eat with our eyes first!
Our tip: Although the quality of all the food is very high, we recommend to have some catch of the day. After all, being on an island, this is the best you can have, to fully enjoy a fish culinary experience!