The Amalfi Coast has changed everything I ever disliked about Italian food. Being so close to the sea, the experience of having fish caught fresh that morning created tastes I'll never forget. And that's the other thing- menus rarely ever have meat! As somebody whose carnivorous ways are slowly disappearing, it was lovely to know that "real" Italian food goes beyond meatballs and spaghetti.
Once you're in Positano, you'll be spoilt for choice by the number of quality restaurants at all price points. What is important to remember is that the Amalfi Coast, much like other holiday destinations like Santorini, Greece, are only open during high seasons and therefore "cheap eats" means 10 euros for pizza. Having said that, it will probably be the best pizza you've ever had.
Since I planned this trip to death, I spent a lot of time haunting TripAdvisor and other forums for restaurant suggestions. Some of the ones I'm featuring were recommended and others are ones I stumbled across. All are perfectly great for a bite to eat after a long day of climbing the steps down to the beach!
This place has two locations but very easy to find as it is located just before the SITA bus stop for Positano. The mains are simply seasoned, the atmosphere is laidback and staff are cheery. A no frills but friendly place to go. The desserts are heavenly. The cappuccino was good, but as someone who had just had a cappuccino for the first time, I wouldn't know the difference!
I stumbled across this restaurant while trying to get to the Tower Of Clavel. The sun had just set, the skies were turning hues of pink and the restaurant sign seemed to have been a beacon brought down by angels. We didn't think twice. I had a risotto alla pescatora (seafood risotto) while the beau ordered a stewed seafood platter. It was huge. This place is off the beaten path but the views, price and dishes make it well worth the visit!
Again, this is another restaurant we ended up in on a whim. As part of the famous Palazzo Murat, it's rather hard to miss. The restaurant is in the hotel courtyard and filled with the citrus scents of lemon trees. As it is right in the centre of Positano, the prices on the menu reflects its hotspot location. We paid 75 euros for a shared starter, two main courses of seafood tempura and scialatelli al limone, topped by a cappuccino (my husband's alternative to a flat white while we were out here!)