When someone says mangia in Italy, you can always count me in!
As a long-term foodie, I love Italian cooking, and there’s no better place than the Amalfi Coast for fresh fish, seafood and homemade pasta in Italy.
Last year, I spent a glorious week with family and friends high up in the hills of Positano. We rented a spacious villa for six, went exploring during the day and ate incredible meals at different restaurants each evening.
My daughter and son are also big foodies. Before leaving for our trip, they researched noteworthy restaurants online, inquired with fellow avid travelers who shared their favorite Positano hot spots and made reservations in advance where available. While there are likely hundreds of places to eat in Positano, I find when dining out in a foreign (or even a U.S.) city or town, a friendly referral usually guarantees a better meal.
Best places to eat in Positano
These five great places to eat in Positano we tried are sure to tempt your taste buds. All are open for lunch and dinner unless noted. Where available, I suggest making reservations either in advance of your trip or when you arrive for later in the week.
1) Ristorante La Cambusa
Ristorante La Cambusa sits at the bottom of the town, close to the beach. We had quite a hike down 1,000+ steps but it was well worth the journey. We were lucky to get a table with a water view, and the waiters were super-friendly and welcoming. The menu? It features local specialties, including lots of fresh fish, seafood and pasta dishes, and a robust wine list. We ordered octopus salad and Caprese salad with two types of fresh mozzarella as appetizers. For my entrée, I enjoyed pasta with seafood – shrimp, octopus, clams, mussels. Delizioso!
Tip: We passed on dessert and instead went to the gelateria next door for gelato.
2) Casa e Bottega
Casa e Bottega was our go-to spot for breakfast and lunch. It’s a cute, contemporary café located in the center of Positano, close to the shopping area. Their fresh fruit-and-vegetable juices and smoothies are especially refreshing on a hot summer day. My top pick is the smoothie made with orange, carrot and ginger. For lunch, Casa’s paninis and salads are wholesome and filling choices.
Tip: This café is only open for breakfast and lunch. The lunch menu begins promptly at noon, so if you want breakfast, arrive early. The only negative is that they do not take reservations. Oh well, just order a smoothie while you wait and browse the attractive housewares that are for sale.
3) La Terra
La Terra is a charming restaurant on the cliff side. The views from the hilltop are amazing and worth photographing. Definitely arrive early and take pictures during sunset. With all the steps and hiking we were doing during the day, we didn’t hesitate to order a big antipasto for our table. My entrée of the night was risotto in a crisp Parmesan tortilla. We didn’t skip dessert either. Yep, that night we closed the evening by tempting our palates with a tantalizing tiramisu.
Tip: La Terra provides complimentary transportation to and from your location (the driver picked us up at our villa and drove us to and from dinner).
4) Da Vincenzo
Da Vincenzo has indoor and outdoor dinning. We hadn’t made advance reservations. But luckily they had availability when we stopped by in the afternoon to hold a table for six for a Friday evening. The waitstaff was helpful in suggesting specialties. The night’s appetizers included a fried sampler of ricotta cheese balls, mini calzone, zucchini flower and eggplant. I skipped the pasta and opted for a grilled fish entrée.
We ended our dinner with a trio of sweets: tiramisu (when in Italy, you must try tiramisu many times, assolutamente), chocolate almond torte with vanilla ice cream and lemon cream with sponge cake.
5) Fattoria La Tagliata
Fattoria La Tagliata offers a price-fixed four-course meal that includes more food than you could ever imagine eating – yet well worth the experience! It’s a family affair, cooked and served with love by the Luigi famiglia. You truly feel like you are in their dining room as they bring out bruschetta, pour endless glasses of wine and set down each course – first vegetables, then homemade pasta, next huge steaks (which are their specialty) and finally dessert (if you can still eat after all that food). Plus, did I mention that the terrace provides panoramic views of Positano, the Galli isles and Capri below? It’s an eating extravaganza not to miss with a price tag that surprisingly won’t break the bank.
Tip: Fattoria La Tagliata also provides transportation from your lodging, as it’s also high up on a hilltop.
Eat to your heart’s content on a Positano holiday
Is your mouth watering yet? Are you hungry? Are you ready to book your next vacation to the Amalfi Coast?
Believe it or not, I didn’t gain any weight on this trip. What with hiking the hills and climbing the thousands of steps, my exercise outweighed my food intake.
What’s appealing to the over-50 luxury traveler?
- Positano restaurants and cafés accommodate all types of diets – you don’t have to eat pasta and there is plenty of fresh fish. They also offer gluten-free pasta for those who may have issues with gluten.
- If you are not within walking distance of a restaurant, ask if they offer complimentary transportation or shuttle service for lunch or dinner. Many do.
- Positano is not for the faint of heart. There are lots of steps to climb to get around. Wear comfortable shoes with rubber soles and watch yourself underfoot – the steps and walkways can be slippery or uneven.
- Most places to eat in Positano take credit cards, but ask when making reservations.
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