Filippo Dakin, l'Americano e Franca Sacchetti, la Foriana

What is life? It is the shadow of a fleeting dream. This brief story has come to an end; love alone is immortal.

Testimonial Francesca Sacchetti Dakin
Francesca Sacchetti Dakin
Historycal Saturnino cofounder

Il Saturnino and the American dream

Il Saturnino has a significant history, beginning in the second half of the 1900s and linked to the development of the local community.

On the wall of the passageway that leads down to Forio Marina you can still read the words da Filippo – “Filippo’s Place”. They refer to Philip Dakin, an American eccentric who, shortly after the end of the Second World War, came to Italy with the dream of becoming an actor in the era of Fellini’s Roma.

He fell in love with the Island of Ischia and with Francesca Sacchetti, an Ischian girl, and opened the restaurant Il Saturnino with her, transforming into a well-known establishment what had originally been a storage warehouse for fishing nets.


Our restaurant on the sea of Ischia

On the steps that lead down to the port of Forio on the island of Ischia is our long-standing restaurant, Il Saturnino, known to Ischians all their lives.

In a comfortable environment with a small number of tables and a bright, picturesque veranda looking out over the natural harbour, we offer cuisine inspired by dishes that stretch back through the area’s maritime history, creatively rethought and accompanied by a wine menu with over 220 international and local labels.





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What the expertsSAY ABOUT US

  • Basil, oregano and tomato: that is, Mediterranean cuisine, is not a fashion choice here (as it is now growing in popularity in Great Britain), but a tradition and a creed. Ciro looks for refined combinations, without using (as many do in the area) excessive amounts of garlic and chilli pepper.

    Gianni Mura
    Gianni Mura
    on Il Venerdì di Repubblica - 28th June 2002
  • A light but firm hand in the kitchen, where the island’s products and traditional recipes are held together with great skill and pleasing, innovative touches.

    Luciano Pignataro
    Luciano Pignataro
    on - 28th September 2012
  • The kitchen at Il Saturnino avoids the complications brought by certain trends in restauration and focuses directly on simplicity. This is family cuisine in the best sense of the term, strictly based around the fresh fish (and vegetables) of the day.

    Gimmo Cuomo
    Gimmo Cuomo
    on / A tavola - 9th July 2016