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Pompeii , Italy
Piazza Schettini 12
+390 81 850 72 45
Getting there
Train: FS to Pompei
Train: Circumvesuviana to Pompei Scavi-Villa dei Misteri
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meals from €40
Opening hours
noon-4pm & 7pm-midnight, closed Mon Oct-Apr
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With its dripping chandeliers and gracious service, the Michelin-starred President feels like a private dining room in an Audrey Hepburn film. At the helm is charming owner-chef Paolo Gramaglia, whose passion for local produce, history and culinary creativity translates into bread made to ancient Roman recipes, slow-cooked snapper paired with tomato purée and sweet-onion gelato, and deconstructed pastiera (sweet Neapolitan tart).

The menu's creative and visual brilliance is matched by sommelier Eulalia Buondonno's swoon-inducing wine list, which features around 600 drops from esteemed and lesser-known Italian winemakers; best of all, the staff are happy to serve any bottle to the value of €100 by the glass.

A word of warning: if you plan on catching a treno regionale (regional train) back to Naples from nearby Pompei station (a closer, more convenient option than the Pompei Scavi-Villa dei Misteri station on the Circumvesuviana train line), check train times first as the last service from Pompei can depart as early as 9.40pm.