Recently I spent almost two weeks in Positano (and few days in Capri.) In a few days all three of us are heading back. It will be the teenager's first trip with us so I have been thinking about what we will do (and eat) while we are there.
Over the next few posts I will give you my list of favorite places to eat and lounge and shop in Positano.
First up - Eat
Breakfast at Buca di Bacco - A light, sweet brioche and a cold cappuccino freddo is the perfect start to a Positano summer day.
Da Adolfo - You might have heard this already. I love this place. I know there are other beautiful coves and good places to eat, but we have visited every single time we have come to Positano. On my last trip I went three times. We celebrate wedding anniversaries and birthdays and just plain old wednesdays here. I can't imagine anywhere else has quite the same magic. It is a little rustic and a little small, but big on charm and the food. Oh my, the food. All fresh and local and brought to your table from a precipitous height. Make sure you order a pitcher of cold white wine filled with peaches. You must call ahead to reserve a chair on the pebbly beach and a table for lunch. At the main port in Positano, where the ferries come in, look for the small boat with the red fish and you soon be on your way for a lazy, delicious day.
Da Ferdinando - A laid-back beach bar where you can just have a quick sandwich and an ice cream or sit down and pick from a few made daily specials. The marinated anchovies and the Positano style Caponata are particularly wonderful.
Fratelli Grassi - Right next door to Da Ferdinano, This beach club has a similar set-up and menu. If you do not want to walk to Fornillo they have a small boat that will pick you up and take you back. (where the ferries leave from)
Saraceno D’Oro - Quite far up on the main road from the main part of town, this casual spot has the best zucchini scapece. ever. It is worth the hike. They also have great pizza (you can order it to go) pair that with friendly waiters and a classic Neapolitan soundtrack and you have a perfect evening.
Bar Bruno - This was recommended by the owners of the elegant Sirenuse Hotel. I was graciously treated to an amazing meal here. Go just as the sun sets and marvel at the twinkly lights of Positano at night. Make sure you leave room for dessert.
Chez Black: I had avoided this place for many visits thinking it was overpriced tourist fare given it's beachfront location. Last March we had an unexpected, unseasonably warm, teenager free, weekend so naturally we headed straight to Positano. This was one of the few places open so we gave it a try. You will find tourists (ordering glasses of chianti and pizza) but the menu is solid and the food and prices good. I have been back a few times now and each time the wait staff is funny and the food consistently good. On my most recent visit, My friend Carley and I split grilled Calamari (not on the menu, but her blue eyes charmed our waiter) that was absolutely perfect.
Latteria - Dont feel like another meal in a restaurant? Stock up at this small but very well stocked shop. The friendly family trio have a great selection of cold wine, fresh fruit, bread delivered from Naples daily, Mozzarella...There is also all manner of vacation house supplies. If you are staying in town for a while and have a big order, they will deliver.
Alimentari - Closer to town this is a great spot to get supplies for breakfast or a terrace picnic. This is often my last stop on the way back to the car when we leave to go back to Rome. I fill the trunk with Amalfi lemons, tomatoes and oregano.
via Pasitea 67
located just down the steps from the Piazza Flavio Gioia
via Pasitea 254
Covo Dei Saraceno
Via Regina Giovanna
Via Cristoforo Colombo 83
Via del Brigantino,