11/29/2012 11:48 am ET Updated Jan 29, 2013

Best Lunch Ever: Lo Scoglio, Amalfi Coast

One bite into our heaping bowls of spaghetti with zucchini, the house special, my father let out a low moan of joy. He moaned for my mother and me, too. We were too busy eating.

And that was it for me.

Love affairs have been built on less, and mine with Lo Scoglio and the De Simone family has been going strong ever since. I come back at least once a year -- by myself, with my dad, with my husband, with Italian relatives, with big and small groups of friends. Everybody loves Lo Scoglio.

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