We can recommend only one good dining option in Ercolano, Viva Lo Re, located not far from the scavi. There are a few places just outside the entrance to the site as well as the snack bars and grocery shops on the town's main drag. Nearby Torre del Greco offers a better dining scene and its restaurants are popular among Italians who come to sample the excellent fresh seafood cuisine and to sample the local D.O.C. wines. The whole stretch of the main seashore road is lined with restaurants large and small, some simple shacks and others more upscale. Lots of others are hidden away on the inner streets. The town also has an array of excellent pizzerie; we recommend Pizzeria la Bruna, Via Nazionale 678 (tel. 081-8832431; Circumvesuviana train to Villa delle Ginestre), which makes delicious Neapolitan pizza and has a private garden.

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