Santa Caterina: Wonderful food and view (for less $)
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!
Il Tartagliata: great grilled meats, amazing view!
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.
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Delikatessen: Good eats to take away
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.
Caffe Positano: Gorgeous view with delicious food
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.
Bruno: Homemade pasta
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.
Le Terrazze: Le Terrazze
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.
La Tagliata: top of the mountain restaurant!!
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!
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da Vincenzo: warm friendly Positano restaurant
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.
Ristorante Chez Black: People watching
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.
Il Fornillo: The best restaurant in Positano
We have tried a couple of restaurants in Positano mostly recommended by the limo or cab drivers and even some travel guides. None of them can compare to Il Fornillo. Our hotel was just nearby so we chose to have one meal here. Everything is so well prepared and good! Of course Positano being near the sea, top of the line would be their seafood fare. I highly recommend this, all the other restos are just tourist traps.
Favorite Dish: Seafood
La Tagliata: Great night out...you have to go
If you stay in Positano, ask your hotel manager to arrange for a night out at La Tagliata. Save room in your tummy for the experience - 5 courses including beer/wine and dessert. During dinner and up to about 11pm, this great couple entertained with music and dancing. After the cooking is done, the family joins in the fun. Well worth the 35E per person and they even supply the transportation.
Da Aldofo: The Ocean on a plate!!
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!!!
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Delikatessen: Best custom-made sandwiches ever
Stop here for custom-made sandwiches, with plenty of fresh options to choose at the deli counter, packed onto delicious fresh bread. They also have a small market full of local produce and pre-packaged Italian specialties. Plenty of English spoken here!
Favorite Dish: Sandwich with fresh mozzarella, sundried tomato, and eggplant -- wow! Take it down to the beach and eat it sitting on the cement border overlooking the harbor. Can't be beat.
Ristorante Da Adolfo: "Would you like a lettino with your lunch?"
Before you arrive in Ristorante Da Adolfo, don't forget to pack your swimming costume and suntan lotion. Not only can you enjoy a relaxed lunch here, but you can also hire a lettino (sunbed) and ombrellone (beach umbrella) for the day. I recommend making a day of it.
Ristorante Da Adolfo, located at Laurito Beach, is only a quick and very picturesque 15 minute boat trip from Positano.
From the main pier in Positano a complimentary boat, the red fish boat, (distinguished by a red fish affixed to the top of its mast) departs every half hour starting at 10am until 1pm, and returns to Positano in the late afternoon from 4pm until 6 or 7pm. Lunch is served from 12 Noon, but before then you can order drinks from the bar.
The blackboard menu includes a selection of the most typical of Southern Italian cuisine. Freshly- caught grilled fish (Spada-swordfish; Bandiera eg.), Zuppa di Cozze (Mussel Soup), grilled Mozzarella wrapped in lemon leaf and the Adolfo salad are all specialities of the chef. There is also a selection of pasta dishes, in particular the spaghetti con vongole (spaghetti with clams) is delicious. In fact, everything on the menu here is fresh and full of flavour. I have been eating here on and off for the past five years, on my many visits to Positano, and have always eaten well.
The setting is casual and very relaxing...no need to dress up...in fact the minimum dress code is bare feet and bathers (aka swimming costume).
Feel the sand under your feet as you eat and afterwards take a dip in the clear blue sea.
Da Adolfo is a truly unique dining destination and cannot be missed when you visit Positano.
Favorite Dish: I particularly love having the freshest fish they have on the day - with an Adolfo salad on the side followed by a plate of mixed frutta (fruit); which can include rockmelon (cantaloupe), peaches, cherries, luscious figs, just to name a few.
The fish is simply grilled and served on the plate whole - if you feel like a fish out of water yourself, simply ask the waiter to prepare the fish for you - and he will swiftly and expertly fillet the fish for you at the table. So no bones and no worries!
The entire menu reflects the whole southern Italian dining ethos - which is all about simple ingredients and sensational flavours. Drizzle some extra virgin olive oil and a sprinkle of lemon juice on your fish and savour the flavour!!
Don't forget to accompany your meal with either a bottle of wine or a carafe of the local house wine.
And if you still have room try a Limoncello! A liquer made from fresh lemons. A great way to finish a fantastic meal.
Ristorante Max: Best Restaurant in Italy!!!
Ristorante Max (many think it is Cafe Max) is one of the most beautiful restaurants I have ever been to...and I have been all over the world. The concept is one-of-a-kind, not only because of its classy, yet comfortable atmosphere, but the warm and inviting family that runs it. The food is classic meditteranean cuisine. I loved the homemade pasta and bread. My mouth still waters when I think of it. The wine list is extensive (italian wines only). I would recommend trying to make reservations for the private wine cellar and doing a chefs tasting menu. They really know what they are doing here.
Favorite Dish: everything
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