Rising out of the beautiful Mediterranean waters is the Amalfi Coast, in the Campania region of Italy. Part of this magical region includes the picturesque village of Positano. Among the winding streets are historic churches, gardens, shops of various sorts and some of the best restaurants you could ever eat in. Since the region is known for its pizza, pasta and seafood (it is on the coast afterall) there’s a little something for everyone. While you could spend hundreds of dollars on a meal in this beautiful area, I’ve found a few restaurants that will not only satiate that hunger but do it deliciously and without breaking the bank, so you have a few Euros left to buy a few pairs of those fantastic Positano leather sandals and a bottle or two of the regions famous limoncello.
Located near Fornillo Beach this restaurant is a hidden gem in the sometimes busy coast of Positano. A short walk away from the hustle and bustle brings you to a set of stairs that takes you up to the restaurant. The seafood is prepared fantastically and Piero turns out some expertly cooked pizzas from the olive wood burning pizza oven. I became good friends with Piero and received this pizza on our last night at the restaurant. Yes, we were there more than once. The Mediterranean sea views from this restaurant are stunning. And your view of the pristine waters are framed in lush purple bougainvillea. 12 Via Positanesi d’America, Positano +39 089 875794
Easy to find on the busy promenade of Positano, Chez Black is known for its seafood dishes. A couple of their specialties include sea urchin spaghetti and grilled calamari. We stopped into Chez Black for an evening snack after having had a HUGE lunch earlier in the day (at another great place I’ll be telling you about in just a bit). The grilled calamari aren’t on the menu, but if you ask for them they’ll most likely have them. And it’s a big portion…so be prepared to eat hearty. The restaurant has been in operation since 1949 and they’ve got all the little details down right…including Vietri dishes made specially for them that are as cute as they are functional. 19 Via del Brigantino, 19, Positano +39 089 875036
With the streets of Positano being narrow and breathtakingly twisty turny, if you’re going anywhere above the main area you’re more than likely going to be picked up out front of the Farmacia. Most of the restaurants that are in the hills of Positano have a free car that will come and pick you up and bring you back to the Farmacia. They realize this is the only way they’ll be able to get tourists to their restaurants (aside from those that visit them because they are on a private tour with a driver). This is also where you will pick up any taxi cabs that you might order from your hotel. While the Farmacia seems pretty far from the promenade, on your first trip, after that you realize it’s just a 10 minute walk. And it’s a pretty good way to walk off some of that gelato you’ll be eating.
This restaurant was recommended to us by a local and it did NOT disappoint! Da Costantino’s is a family operated restaurant. There is a menu but it’s much more fun if you just let them bring you the family style meal. You’ll get to try everything from wood fired pizza to seafood and lots of different things in between. The bottles of house wine keep coming and as if that weren’t enough this is the view you get to enjoy while you’re eating all that delicious food.
The restaurant seats quite a few people, but the best tables are at the windows. So when you call to make a reservation, ask for a window table. Because this restaurant is so far up in the hills of Positano, they will send a car to pick you up (and take you back). Don’t be surprised when you see your driver pouring wine or clearing dishes from a table. This is a family restaurant after all. Via Corvo, 95, Positano +39 089 875 738
This is the ultimate in casual dining in Positano. I’m talking bathing suits and towels. You’ll be eating on the beach. Yes, it’s covered, but you’re toes will be in the rocky sand beach of Positano while you’re eating those mussels (highly recommended), octopus, whole fish or spaghetti with clams. The menu is a bit bigger than just these items, but not much. You definitely need to get a pitcher of the white peach sangria. It’s a specialty of Da Adolfo. This is the restaurant where we ate so much that we could only get a little nibble later that night.
Remember I mentioned a pick up location for restaurants that are up the hill in Positano? Well this restaurant has a water taxi because it’s on a beach that’s about a 20 minute boat ride away from the main area of Positano. Just look for the boat with the red fish on the mast (see above). The taxi is free. And after you fill up on food, you can rent a chair and lounge on the beach at Da Adolfo. Yes, you can spend the whole day there. FYI…you’re going to want to make reservations if you want to eat here. There aren’t many tables and they fill up fast. Some of the guys aren’t to keen on walk-ins either, so they may tell you that you need to wait up to 3 hours for a table if you don’t have a reservation (even if half the tables are empty…yes, this happened to us). However, it is possible that you could get seated by someone else immediately (that happened to us after we were told 3 hours). But be on the safe side and make a reservation, you definitely want to eat here. Via Laurito, 40, Positano +39 089 875022
Vini & Panini
This little shop tucked into one of the back streets just off the promenade in Positano has just about anything you need for any food emergency you might encounter. Fresh fruit, wine, prosecco, dried pasta, limoncello, lemon soaps, prosciutto, water, soda…I think you get the idea. I was able to pick up a container of fragaria vesca (wild European strawberries that taste exactly the way you dream strawberries should taste) and a bottle of prosecco for an evening snack under the stars. It’s also a great place to pick up souvenirs for your friends back home. Via del Saracino, 31, Positano +39 089 875175
Ristorante Covo Dei Saraceno
Below the hotel Covo Dei Sarceno is their restaurant that serves delicious food but the best thing they serve is the lemon sorbet. This isn’t just any ol’ lemon sorbet though. The lemons of Sorrento are some of the most delicious lemons. They’re not quite as tart as the lemons we’re used to here, they have a sweetness to them. But grab an outdoor table at the restaurant, order a lemon sorbet (served in a lemon shell…as it should be) and people watch because you’re sitting right on the promenade of Positano. People watching while cooling off with ice cold lemon sorbet is the perfect afternoon break from shopping and sightseeing. Via Regina Giovanna, 5, Positano +39 089 875400
There are so many great places to eat in Positano, but I thought I would share with you a few of my favorites and some that won’t break the bank. I can’t recommend traveling to the Amalfi coast enough. The weather, the people, the beauty and food are all unbelievable.
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