Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site for its beauty, the Amalfi Coast is a stunningly beautiful narrow strip of land bordered by sea and mountains, which stretches along 70 kilometres of perilously winding roads from just south of Naples down to Salerno. If you can concentrate on the spectacular scenery (instead of trying to navigate the hair-raising bends, and avoid other drivers at the same time!) you will be treated to the most amazing sea and mountain views and a succession of picturesque villages. The region is also famous for some of Italy’s most renowned foods … pasta, pizza, buffalo mozzarella, limoncello…. A visit the tempting local markets with the tempting array of fresh sun-ripened fruit and vegetables, as well as olives, cheeses and herbs is a real feast for the senses.
The cuisine of southern Italy, once dismissed as ‘la cucina povera’, is now recognised as part of a quintessentially healthy Mediterranean diet – pure olive oil, freshly caught fish and home-grown vegetables, washed down with good local wine. Dining out on the Amalfi Coast is a real culinary experience, and need not be prohibitively expensive.
Where to Eat:
Ristorante Don Alfonso 1890 in Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi is acclaimed for its use of simple, fresh ingredients, such as olive oil, locally caught fish and home grown vegetables to produce healthy and delicious dishes. Part of the Hotel Don Alfonso 1890, it also has a cookery school.
Taverna del Capitano, situated directly on the beach of Marina del Cantone, overlooking the Gulf of Salerno, this Michelin-starred restaurant offers wonderful cuisine, based on local produce and seafood.
Next 2 in Positano in Viale Pasitea (home to two of our apartments) is a great local restaurant with a beautiful terrace, where you can dine or simply enjoy a drink on the beautiful terrace overlooking the sea.
The Trattoria Armandino in nearby Praiano is a comfortable restaurant located on the small beach in East Praiano. It is a casual family run restaurant, so needless to say the service was excellent. Rave reviews for pasta and risotto!
Address: Via Praia, 84010 Praiano. Phone:+39 089 874087
Also by the beach at Praiano, Ristorante Il Pirata is on the pathway which runs from the marina of La Praia. It is a wonderful local restaurant with a great atmosphere, offering delicious seasonal dishes, and is especially known for its fresh seafood.
What to Read:
To prepare for your trip, and enhance your culinary enjoyment and skills (and enjoy reliving the experience on your return!), buy a copy of The Amalfi Coast: A Collection of Italian Recipes by Katie and Giancarlo Caldesi. This is not just a recipe book, and you will not only be inspired by Katie’s recipes, but will enjoy the whole experience as they soak up the atmosphere of the Amalfi coast by meeting interesting locals, visiting markets and dining in authentic tavernas and restaurants along the way.
Where to Stay:
Lying between Amalfi and Positano, with views out over the sea, this delightful villa, has all the charm of an ancient house, with the addition of all modern comforts. It is situated a 5 minute walk from the enchanting fishing village of Praiano. The pretty furnished terraces and pool all offer unbeatable sea views.