When in Italy, eat and drink as much as possible. At least, that’s my motto since I’m stuck at home in London most of the time. During our recent trip to the Amalfi Coast, we ate and drank ourselves silly- but put significant legwork into finding the best places to make our calorie splurges worth it. The good news is that we’ve done all the work so that the next time you’re around the Amalfi Coast, you don’t have to!
La Bonta del Capo, Conca dei Marini
Conca dei Marini is a teeny tiny town between Positano and Amalfi. It is fairly difficult to get around, with a LOT of steps between the town centre and the beach, but its perfect to get away from the tourist hoardes. It also was home to the restaurant that served the best pasta of our trip, La Bonta del Capo. Its a small and unassuming restaurant right under a soccer field with a beautiful view of the Emerald Grotto and a really nice wine selection. It isn’t pricey and the food was delicious. Try the lobster pasta and enjoy the sunset view. (Also, the fact that they clearly label food allergens on the menu is a huge, huge plus.)
Da Salvatore, Ravello
This place has really fancy food for the price. I was a little wary of a place that put a “modern twist” on Italian food (seriously, why fix something that is not broken?), but my anxiety was misplaced.
Set near the bus station in Ravello, just across the tunnel from the main square, this restaurant probably has some of the best sea views in the city.
The presentation is a little…fancy…for down home Italian, but don’t worry about that. Its very, very good. I’d recommend the squid stuffed aubergine or the modern take on lasagne. And of course, the tiramisu.
La Tagilata, Positano
This place is a must just for its view. The great thing about this place is that they have shuttle busses that will pick you up and bring you back from your hotel, so you can make the trek without worrying about finding the place (its really high up one of the mountains surrounding Positano).
There’s a great deal of food involved in a trip to this place- we mistook our starter for our entire dinner, which was a grave error that gave us stomach pains for the rest of the evening as we tried to fit everything else in. They also charged us 40 Euros flat and kept bringing bottles and bottles of wine and small glasses of grappa and limencello. Bottom line: fast the entire day before your visit and fill up on the home cooked Italian while drinking in the views! It won’t be the best food you’ll have on your trip, but the combination of the views, quality ingredients and price may just make it your most memorable dinner of the trip.
Next 2, Positano
This was probably the fanciest restaurant we went to on the entire trip, but it had the most lacklustre view and ambiance. The food was good- not great- but the cocktail list was phenomenal. I had a Wasabi Martini and will forever dream about them now. I’d recommend going for a few cocktails and perhaps an appetizer, but there are definitely better places for the price (and opportunities for a view).