Il Saturnino has a significant history beginning in 1949 and linked with the development
of the local community on Ischia during the second half of the 1900s.
On the wall of the passageway that leads down to Forio Marina you can still read the words da Filippo – “Philip’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.
Philip was from New York and had travelled around the world. Franca would cook and Philip took care of public relations.
So many people came to the restaurant from all over the world, and in the establishment you would find famous figures: painters, writers and poets, directors, actors, and many jazz enthusiasts.