So this story begins at the Restaurant Association of Maryland’s holiday party when I chatted up my friend Mary Ann Cricchio, owner of Da Mimmo Restaurant in Baltimore’s Little Italy. The question to her was what’s new since I last saw you? The dam broke as Mary Ann exploded with excitement about an Amalfi Coast tour that she and her executive chef Masood Masoodi had put together for 20 customers.
I love Italy; have been twice on cost effective tours where we were packed liked sardines on tour buses. Do you remember the old movie If It’s Tuesday it must Be Belgium? That is what my tours were like, packing and unpacking, going from city to city. Mary Ann’s tour had her guests stay in one city, Maiori, where they relaxed and didn’t have that syndrome of being in a new city every other day.
Mary Ann lives in Maiori, Italy each year during the summer. She is passionate about the region and the people. Her tour guests got to live and mingle with the locals during their free time and enjoyed the well planned tour events. Guests got to stay in the top hotel in Maiori, the Hotel Reginna, away from the hustle bustle of the tourist traps. Criccho informed me that Maiori has the largest beach area along the Amalfi coast.