“Qui dove il mare luccica / e tira forte il vento, / su una vecchia terrazza / davanti al Golfo di Surriento…” (“Here, where the sea shines / and the wind blows strong, / on an old terrace / facing the Gulf of Sorrento…”) are perhaps Lucio Dalla’s most famous words. They are the beginning of the Italian singer songwriter’s sentimental song dedicated to Enrico Caruso, who spent some of his last days in the wonderful seaside town of Sorrento, before returning to Naples – where he had been born, and where he died on 2 August 1921.
Dalla’s song obviously comes to mind in Sorrento’s Caruso Museum Restaurant, which offers typical Mediterranean dishes and a full immersion in the riveting life story of one of the best operatic tenors of all times.
The Caruso Museum Restaurant was founded by restaurateur Paolo Esposito and scholar and collector Guido D’Onofrio, who has dedicated vast and in-depth research to the Neapolitan singer (all the memorabilia that make the restaurant such a special place are donations of his).
Almost exactly 120 years have passed since Caruso’s first great success, when his amazing performance as Count Loris Ipanoff – in Umberto Giordano’s “Fedora” – on 17 November 1898 won him a triumphant ovation at Milan’s Teatro Lirico di Milano.
The rest of his career is history – and is all over the walls and in the beautiful mood of this corner of Sorrento.