Our Best Bites and Where to Eat in Positano

Maybe it is because I’ve had Meghan Trainor’s ubiquitous “All About That Bass” song stuck in my head all day but when I think back to our time in Italy, I keep thinking…because you know I’m all about that food, ’bout that food… Because yes, so much of a visit to Italy is all about that good food! While we certainly found many delicious bites in Rome, the food on the Amalfi Coast is just so fresh and delicious that we were absolutely all about that food and I wanted to share where to eat in Positano.

After five busy days touring Rome and Pompeii, we were more than happy to just wander down from our apartment rental at Casa Cicogna in Positano and spend the day at the beach, get some gelato on the way back up and then go back into town for dinner. With all the steps in Positano, we didn’t even feel that guilty about the calories. 

Ristorante Max in Positano - Where to Eat in Positano

Enjoying some pizza on the terrace at Ristorante Max

We had a lot of good meals planned out on our Positano itinerary, like reservations for a fancy dinner at the Michelin-starred restaurant Zass at the Hotel San Pietro (no children under 11), plans to take the boat over to Da Adolfo beach club for lunch and relax in the sun with some white wine with peaches in it, and walk over to the smaller beach at Fornillo and hit a beach bar there.

We were even going to take the ferry over to Amalfi for the day and explore Amalfi and Ravello, stopping for lunch at either Cumpa’ Cosimo (parent recommended), enjoy lunch with a view at Villa Maria, or try out Heartrome-recommended Taverna Degli Apostoli in Amalfi. I had an idea of going up to Le Sirenuse or La Tagliata.

Spiaggia Grande in Positano -- Where to eat by the beach in Positano

But we didn’t do any of those things. We didn’t feel like worrying about taking a bus or taxi to the San Pietro. We were too lazy to make plans to go to the beach and lunch at Da Adolfo or Fornillo. And we needed a break from sightseeing for a few days.

So day after day, we asked the beach attendant to reserve us three chairs and towels up front and we spent our days sitting on our shaded loungers reading a book or floating in the blue sea. When we got hungry, we ate and didn’t worry too much about finding the best place or getting away from the touristy places, because let’s face it. If you are at the beach in Positano, it is all touristy places.

La Pergola at Buca di Bacco Bar in Positano: Where to Eat in Positano

La Pergola at Buca di Bacco Bar on the beach in Positano

Yet with everything coming fresh from the sea or local gardens, you didn’t need to worry too much about having a bad meal. An expensive one maybe, but rarely bad. Except for one dinner at Da Vincenzo on the main road, closer to our apartment, we ate all our meals in the main town or right on the beach.

When you are in Positano, you’ll want to enjoy the local specialities including seafood and anything with lemons, including a delizia al limone, a sponge cake soaked with lemon cream. Here are our restaurant recommendations and what to order where.

Our Best Bites & Where to Eat in Positano

Grilled Mozzarella with Lemon Leaves — this is one of the best things that I ate not just in Positano, but in Italy. It combines two of my favorite things, fresh buffalo mozzarella and lemons. The mozzarella is pressed between two large lemon leaves and grilled (you don’t eat the leaves), suffusing the cheese with zesty lemon flavor and melting it into ooey-gooey, goodness with perfectly seared grill marks on the leaves.

Yum! I highly recommend the grilled mozzarella was at La Pergola at Buca di Bacco Bar, right on the main beach in Positano.Grilled mozzarella in lemon leaves - What to Eat in Positano

Spaghetti Vongole — it seemed like one of us was always ordering the spaghetti vongole in Positano but the very best was from Ristorante Le Tre Sorelle, also right on the beach. This was one of our favorite restaurants in Positano.

The clams were so teeny, tiny, sweet, delicate and delicious! Paired with spaghetti perfectly al dente and just enough garlic to add flavor but not too much to overwhelm — delizioso!Spaghetti Vongole from Tre Sorelle -- Where to Eat in Positano

Pizza — I’d heard that the best pizza in Positano was from the brasserie under the Hotel Covo dei Saraceno, but we messed up and went to the fancier restaurant above instead (more on that later), but we did have great pizza at Chez Black on the beach (just stick with Italian wine and avoid their cocktails — unless you like them strong!)Chez Black -- Where to Eat in Positano

Delizia Limone (lemon cake) — you can find this traditional sponge cake bathed in lemon cream all over Positano but we liked it best at Ristorante Max, a fancier restaurant just off the main thoroughfare through town on the walk down to the beach.

This place is a bit on the pricier/fancier side but we ate on the covered terrace, along with some locals (or yachters and their dog) and the neighborhood cat (who indelicately relieved itself in the restaurant’s herb garden during our meal.)Delizia limone at Ristorante Max -- Where and What to Eat in Positano

Avocado and shrimp salad — as I mentioned above, when searching for pizza we accidentally walked into the terrace of the Covo dei Saraceno restaurant instead of the downstairs brasserie. Feeling a bit underdressed in our beachwear, and a bit disappointed that pizza wasn’t actually on the menu, and a bit startled by the prices, we were then surprised to find such a light and delicious dish.

After three days of indulging, it was actually a bit of a relief to find something that felt a bit healthier but still showcased the local flavors. Everything we had at Covo was delicious, including their ravioli and the eggplant appetizer.Avocado and Shrimp Salad from Covo dei Saraceno in Positano

Green & fruit smoothies — shocked you with that one right? Not exactly what you were expecting on a post about food in Italy but let me tell you, I was thrilled to find a juice bar in Positano. Each day on our walk down to the beach we stopped at Casa e Bottega — half home decor shop, half juice bar.

Everything was chopped and juiced fresh right in front of you and it was the absolute perfect way to start a day at the beach.Green smoothie from Casa e Bottego -- Where to Eat in Positano

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7 Comments on “Our Best Bites and Where to Eat in Positano

  1. Your post has made me homesick for summer and Positano! I love to hear about where and what people ate along the Amalfi Coast. I am putting the upstairs at Covo on my to do list for next summer.

      Terrific! I think it was your posts that inspired me to want to try Da Adolfo. Next time!

        Best meal we had in Italy was Da Adolfo. I/m dreaming of it daily since we returned. It was a delicious pesto dish

    Loved your blog
    Just come back from the most amazing place
    Chez black ❤️

      Yay! Great to hear, we liked Chez Black too except for a horrible mojito. Bad choice on my part.

    We love the food at La Cambusa, at the top of the beach steps. Also LOVE Chez Black and his signature dish of spaghetti with sea urchin. Go to San Pietro, if only for a drink, so romantic and breath taking views looking back at Positano.
    Il Pirata going towards Praino is great for a casual lunch on the water. It is accessable by boat.

      Thank you for the recommendations. For others just note that San Pietro is not especially kid friendly.

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