I ate breakfast, lunch, and dinner throughout my keep at the true “White Lotus” lodge in Sicily.
In April, I spent one night time at San Domenico Palace, a 4 Seasons Resort, the place the second season of “The White Lotus” befell in Taormina, Sicily, Italy.
The forged and crew lived and filmed on the five-star lodge for a number of months at the start of 2022. Jennifer Coolidge, Haley Lu Richardson, and the opposite stars loved San Domenico Palace’s meals throughout their downtime and whereas filming scenes, as the entire meals was supplied by the lodge’s essential restaurant, the lodge supervisor Lorenzo Maraviglia informed me after my go to.
Because the characters within the present not often dined elsewhere, I used to be excited to see what the fuss was about.
Whereas getting ready for my journey to Sicily, I used to be significantly trying ahead to the meals. In any case, I assumed, it should be good, because the characters not often dined elsewhere.
I stayed in a sea-view room with a terrace, which price $2,248, or round €2,047, for one night time and the value included breakfast.
As lunch and dinner weren’t included within the worth, I ended up paying a further $95 for the meals and drinks I had whereas there. Though the eating places have been costlier than I used to be used to, I could not fault the standard of the meals and the superb service I obtained from the employees.
Here is what it was wish to dine at the true “White Lotus.”
After checking in to the lodge within the late afternoon, I kicked issues off with dinner on the piano bar.
Bar and Chiostro is the placement of the enduring bar the place one of many present’s essential characters, Mia, carried out on the piano and sang after convincing the lodge supervisor to permit her to take action.
There was no person enjoying the piano once I visited, and once I requested a member of employees about it, they knowledgeable me that the lodge has an everyday pianist, however sadly, they have been off sick that night. However I used to be welcome to present the piano a attempt if I wished, they added.
I used to be suggested to sit down throughout from the bar whereas I waited for my reserved desk.
I wasn’t given a bodily menu however was as an alternative given a bit of paper with a QR code, which I may scan with my telephone to obtain a digital copy.
I used to be significantly impressed with the decor.
In actual life, I assumed the bar had a very romantic and fashionable vibe, due to the glowing chandeliers and the decor, which included flowers in pots that resembled sculptures of faces.
I order a Lover cocktail, which price $26.
The Lover cocktail consisted of gin, banana, strawberries, vanilla, coconut water, milk, and lemon, and value €24, or round $26.
Shortly after my drink arrived, I used to be given a plate of complimentary snacks.
The complimentary snacks included chips, nuts, olives, and breadsticks. I assumed it was a pleasant contact as I used to be getting quite hungry whereas I waited to order.
After a few minutes, I used to be escorted to a bigger desk by the window.
From my window seat, I may see attractive views of the encircling surroundings.
The lodge is positioned in Taormina, a lovely city on a hilltop on the east coast of Sicily. I discovered myself in awe every time I handed a window or stepped exterior whereas visiting the lodge, as the encircling pure panorama was magnificent. From the restaurant window, I may simply see the seaside and the buildings perched on the high of the hill.
For my dinner, I ordered spaghetti with tomato sauce and basil, which price $28.
Because it was my first time in Italy, I knew I needed to attempt the spaghetti, which price €26, or round $28, and got here with a basket of bread. Each the pasta and the substances tasted contemporary and scrumptious.
The one draw back is that it was a small portion, because it was so good that I wished extra.
The next day, I had breakfast on the lodge’s essential restaurant.
Breakfast was served at Principe Cerami, the lodge’s essential restaurant which is Michelin starred and was used to movie many scenes in “The White Lotus.”
The restaurant additionally serves dinner, however that was utterly booked up once I visited in April as the entire eating places and the bar are open to non-hotel friends.
Nevertheless, not the entire buffet was out there to self-serve, and a chef was readily available to help.
I used to be wanting to attempt the cannolis, however in contrast to the opposite meals on the buffet, I wasn’t capable of choose one up and put it on my plate. There was a chef on the different aspect of the serving station, who requested which taste I wished. Once I informed her I might wish to attempt the pistachio cannoli, she used a piping bag so as to add the filling for me.
One employees member I spoke to on the restaurant informed me that the forged of “The White Lotus” beloved the cannolis, which was unsurprising since Aubrey Plaza (who performs Harper) beforehand informed USA Right now that the forged ate “a whole bunch of cannolis” whereas filming in Sicily.
I additionally had a bowl of strawberries, a vanilla pastry, a cup of tea, and a glass of blood-orange juice.
As soon as once more, the meals was scrumptious and the customer support I obtained from the employees was implausible. One server introduced me a stool to position my tote bag on whereas I ate, quite than having me place it on the ground.
A server later arrived with a complimentary plate of pancakes, crêpes, and waffles, with a tiny “welcome” signal on high.
The candy treats have been coated in chocolate, vanilla, and caramel sauce. And in contrast to the spaghetti the night time earlier than, this portion was so massive that I could not end it.
Later that day, I had lunch at Anciovi, the out of doors, poolside restaurant that was additionally featured within the present.
A employees member informed me the Anciovi restaurant was used to movie scenes in “The White Lotus,” however the meals used within the scenes was supplied by the lodge’s different two eating places as Anciovi wasn’t working at the moment.
I had booked a desk for 1 p.m. when the restaurant opened, however the employees allowed me to take a seat down once I arrived 10 minutes early.
I used to be seated at a desk that was near the bar and that regarded on to the ocean beneath.
The restaurant is understood for seafood and is open for lunch and dinner each day. I used to be given a bodily menu and will see that there was a big selection of pizza, pasta, and desserts being served for lunch.
A server requested if I would really like a pashmina due to the chilly climate, and I used to be pleasantly stunned as I had by no means been provided one thing like this in a restaurant earlier than. Nevertheless, I declined as I used to be already carrying comparatively heat clothes.
I ordered pasta alla norma, a basic Sicilian dish that price $39.
I used to be excited to attempt pasta alla norma, a basic Sicilian dish that many forged members loved whereas filming the present, my server knowledgeable me. Adam DiMarco, who performs Albie, informed W Journal that he loved the dish, though he talked about having it on the close by restaurant Médousa, quite than on the lodge.
The dish price €36, or round $39, and consisted of rigatoni pasta, eggplant that was fried and blended right into a sauce, yellow tomatoes, and ricotta cheese, which was served with a basket of bread.
It was actually costlier than any meal I’d get at a restaurant at dwelling within the UK. Nonetheless, it was my favourite meal that I might had to date whereas in Sicily. The pasta tasted superb, and the feel was easy and creamy.
I completely loved the meals, and now I can perceive why the characters in “The White Lotus” not often ventured exterior the lodge.
For those who solely have time (or cash) to go to one of many eating places, I might advocate Anciovi, because it was there the place I had my favourite meal throughout my keep.
And though eating on the lodge is dear, it’s miles extra inexpensive than reserving a room.
The meals was magnificent, the surroundings was unimaginable, and the employees have been wanting to share anecdotes concerning the forged and crew.
I might advocate it to all guests who’re trying to find “The White Lotus” expertise.