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With no official advertising, only a handwritten whiteboard, only in Italian, we knew we had to try it. Notably, the prices here were even a couple Euros less per dish than everywhere else in Positano.
The Restaurant is on a huge patio, overlooking the town and the ocean and the view at night is breathtaking. You can even hear the waves breaking on the beach below while you enjoy your dinner.
Favorite Dish: My favourite was the pasta Puttanesca. With whole olives and the freshest of ingredients ('Grandpa' who runs the place and does the cooking picked the herbs fresh off the plants while he was making it), it was the best meal I had while in Italy.
I also highly recommend the house wine, which I suspect the proprietor makes himself in the basement, since our bottle said 'Blanco', yet it was a red wine. However, it was great!
Written Dec 26, 2004
Address: Halfway up Via Pasitea, on the seaside of the road
The restaurant has a free van service which picks up its diners in front of the pharmacy in Positano and delivers you high up iinto the town of Monte Pertuso about twenty minutes away. Views from the restaurant are amazing. Our wonderful young host/server Peppino was the owner/chef's son. When he heard we were sent there by an old friend, he literally grabbed the menu's from our hands and proceeded to deliver to us pitchers filled with delicious local red and white wines, his own personally designed menu of huge platters filled with delicious appetizers, then all different samplings of pastas, then a huge platter filled with assorted grilled meats and fish, then a wonderful platter of deserts, then an after dinner appertif. All in all a terrific and highly romantic feast for the senses!
Favorite Dish: The assortments of pastas, grilled meats and fish were both interestingly prepared and delicious.
Updated Jul 28, 2004
Address: Top of Monte Pertuso
Just up the pathway from the main Beach in Positano, there is a 'grocery store' up a set of stairs, where you can buy canned goods, cereal and fruit etc.
What most tourists didn't seem to know was that if you went to the back of the store at the deli counter, you could get fresh sandwiches made to go. They will take a whole loaf of fresh crusty bread and stuff it with whatever meat (or whatever) you want, layer it with cheese, then top it with anything from their selection of pickled mushrooms, grilled eggplant, stuffed peppers, olives (with pits, beware!), or whatever you want.
Favorite Dish: My favourite was the Proscuitto ham (local specialty) with mozzarella (they cut it almost 1/2 inch thick), olives (all types) and sundried tomatoes. Mmmm.
Updated Dec 30, 2004
Address: En route to the main beach
The restaurant is at the top of the hill overlooking the the beautiful town and the beach. There's seating inside as well as out side, but there's nothing better than enjoying a delicious meal while looking over a gorgeous view of Positano. Caffe Positano was recommended to us by our hotel owner.
Favorite Dish: The menu has a lot of variety. Prosciutto and Mellon melts in your mouth, and Spaghetti with Clams was very good. Their homemade tiramisu was to die for. They even ran out of it towards the end of the night.
Written Jul 9, 2004
Address: Via Pasitea, 168/170
Phone: 39 089875082
This indoor restaurant on the main street of town offers little exceptional in menu choices over the standard Amalfi Coast cuisine, but the warm and welcoming staff make one feel at home and the care with which the food is prepared and served makes this a step above the average. Much quieter than the beach front places, and certainly more appreciative of your business. Prices are similar to everywhere else.
Written Dec 3, 2005
Address: Via Pasitea 172/178, Positano
This restaurant's special is their homemade pasta. Great food, lot's to choose from on the menu and the prices are reasonable. This restaurant is located at the top of the hill with a gorgeous view of the town.
Written Jul 6, 2004
Address: Via C. Colombo
A menu without prices usually means rouble... This restaurant sits on top of a cliff overlooking the ocean. It's beautiful, but the food is not worth the price. The menu is very minimal and the food is very average.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: Via Grotte dell'Incanto, 51
This restaurant is at the tip top of Positano - higher than you can imagine until you get there, believe me! Montepertuso is the village. Have the hotel call and make reservations for you. They send a bus to come and get you. This may seem like a pain, but it is so worth it to see the view on your way up to the tip top. Bring your camera!!!
The restaurant is truly what you imagine if you have not been to Italy before. Family run and operated. Locals go here too. The night I had dinner there, I had been to a small beach/restaurant outiside of Positano and the owners of that establishment were there that night with a huge group of locals having dinner there as well! So, you know if the locals go, it must be good! Or, that is what Rachel Ray always says and she is right!!
Favorite Dish: I had three or four kinds of pasta. I even took a photo of the plate when it was served. Didnt care how silly I looked either. I knew I wanted to remember it!!! ;-) Fresh, homemade pasta - not barilla! Simple, fresh sauce. The pasta was very light. That is how it is supposed to be. Try this place - you couldnt possibly be let down in any regards!
Updated Jul 31, 2005
Address: Montepertuso - tip top of the mountain!
This is one of the restaurants on the boardwalk. Great place to take a break from the sun, sit in the shade on the outside patio and people watch while enjoying some good italian food. Prices are reasonable and the menu has a lot of variety.
Written Jul 6, 2004
Address: Via del Brigantino, 19
You will either love or hate this place - people who want tip top service with yes sir, no sir, three bags full sir should stay away!! This is basically a family opening up their kitchen and their land to savvy food locals... the menu is in italian written on a blackboard on a small table - you come to the menu the menu doesn't come to you! I can speak pigeon Italian yet I found it easier to just look at what everyone else was eating. I chose the tuna cappaccio -which was out of this world. I always dine at top London sushi restaurants where the fish is very fresh, however Da Aldofo's surpasses all of these. This is without doubt the best fish restaurant I have ever eaten at... but restaurant just isn't the right word - check the website out to get a real feel! My hubby had a mixed fish platter which was divine - the salmon was perfectly cooked and silky smooth!
For main course he had the prawns which were huge yet succulant, juicy and really flavoursome. However the dish that blew me away was the zuppe di cozze (mussle soup). This is a dish in positano which I had again and again - but this was by far the best version. Mussles Soup isn't actually a soup... it is a bowl of mussles with a tomato sauce (consisting of fresh tomatoes, garlic, basil and sometimes onion) on top as you eat the mussles and discard the shells you end up with an amazing pulp of flavours, which is mopped up with ciabatta and olive oil. Heaven!!
We met 2 Americans and spent the rest of the afternoon chatting in the sun whilst drinking wine and supping on beers. We had a late afternoon swim in the clear ocean. How many restaurants let you stay for 6 hours without hassling you to move ?? I love this place - we are going to sorrento this year but coming all the way over to this hidden gem. It is so reasonable in price too - yes you have to pay for a sun lounger but in return you get a beach on your doorstep flexible service and a wonderful, wonderful experience that money cannot just buy! Thank you all at Aldofo - see you in September!!
Favorite Dish: Zuppe de Cozze and the Tuna Carpaccio - the flavours and the muscles came together in a sublime bowl of heaven and the tuna was so fresh it must have leapt on to my plate!!!
Written Jan 20, 2008
Address: A 10 minute trip from Positano
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