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From 1960...

A galleon on the mainland Il Pirata, a restaurant overlooking the sea on the Amalfi Coast!

In the 1960s, Casimiro Milano was a citrus fruit trader. He brought them from the Amalfi Coast to the general market in Rome. Hard work, and not even profitable. But there wasn't much choice in those years. We lived on fishing, agriculture and trade. Tourism only touched Positano and Amalfi. Praiano was an unknown village, with one exception: the Africana , a night club in a cave overlooking the sea next to a Spanish watchtower. A unique location, which has become a reference point for the Dolce Vita of the Neapolitan area.

 

Il Pirata praiano

Finding the 4 million lire to pay to the owner of the land was the easiest part, as that money would not have given him a bar, but a mountain. “To make the bar it took first the gunpowder, for the initial excavation, and then months of pickaxe shots” Casimiro recalls. Even in the most difficult moments, when the storms were more threatening, Casimiro never doubted that he had made a mistake. Indeed, the more time passed, the more he became convinced that he wanted to move forward. The transition from bar to restaurant was as casual as it was natural.

La praia il pirata

A very risky idea came to Casimiro: to buy a piece of mountain near the Africana, on the other side of the tower and just ahead of the beach of La Praia, and open a bar for us. He had no experience. Nor did his wife Pasqualina, a young Neapolitan girl whom he had met during his visits to his financier uncle. “I came from Naples to help my aunt” - Pasqualina tells - “Casimiro hid behind a fig tree and stayed to look at me. I liked him, he was a good boy and in October 1960 we got married ”. Pasqualina was a seamstress. And she knew nothing about bars. But she liked the idea too.

mare sul il pirata
casimiro il pirata 1965
casimiro il pirata 1965

casimiro 1965

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Pasqualina e Casimiro il Pirata
Pasqualina e Casimiro il Pirata

Il pirata praiano 1965

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Casimiro proprietario il pirata
Casimiro proprietario il pirata

Il pirata praiano

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casimiro il pirata 1965
casimiro il pirata 1965

casimiro 1965

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It all started from their children's need not to eat sandwiches every day, and so Pasqualina asked Casimiro to buy a small kitchen and began cooking for his family. The patrons who came to that place to take a dip, began to ask her to be able to have the same dishes, although she advised them to go and eat in the famous restaurant "Da Luca", right next door. But nothing to do! Pasqualina and Casimiro were afraid of doing a wrong to Luca Milano by starting to cook next to him, despite having the license to do so. One day a fisherman client brought her some Purpitielli (small octopuses) and insistently asked her to make a spaghetti meal. It was the beginning of many spaghetti and more!

Wanting to make a restaurant, it was necessary to find a name. It was Casimiro who thought so. With the watchtower a few tens of meters away, it came natural to think of the figure that over the centuries had been the most feared by his fellow villagers. "The choice was between Saraceno and Pirata and I chose the second" - he tells us - "because: the Saracens are forced to defend themselves while the Pirates attack and come from the sea to conquer the lands and we have conquered ours!"

Now Casimiro is proudly acts as a lifeguard, while Pasqualina, always with smile, continues to prepare his famous potato croquettes with his ancient Neapolitan recipe!

Today at the helm of the galleon are the sons Rino and Vera. While aft there is a clientele from all over the world and there are still to welcome them Casimiro and Pasqualina!

 
 

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