Positano: Eating on the Amalfi Coast

The final stop on my great Italian adventure was Positano. From Rome, I hopped on a train to Naples. Then I got another train to Sorrento. The bus from Sorrento took 45-minutes to Positano, and was full of curved roads. Luckily, I don’t get travel sick.

Positano is expensive. I knew that when I booked it. I decided to stay in the only hostel there, Hostel Brikette, because it was all I could afford. Now, I’ve stayed in a lot of hostels (I went travelling for a year and lived in a hostel for 3 months). Well, Hostel Brikette was probably the hostel with the nicest aesthetic I’ve ever been in. They had a great terrace overlooking the amazing views.

Travel Info: What to do in Positano

  • Wander to the 2 beaches
  • Hike the Path of the Gods
  • Hike to Montepertuso (Hole in the Mountain)
  • Admire the stunning views

Eating in Positano

The food in Positano was much more expensive than other places I travelled in Italy. However, I was able to find some reasonably priced places – it just took a while. Let’s discuss.

1. Pizza

As usual, the first port-of-call was pizza. I walked down to the Spiaggia Grande (the large beach) and found plenty of places right on the beach. I went to Ristorante Incanto and ordered Pizza Bufalina. The base was crisp but not too crispy, the cheese was tasty and the views were stunning. This was not as good as the Bufalina I’d had in Lake Garda (see Lake Garda post for more info), because there was not as much cheese and it had been baked with the cheese. However, it was still an absolutely stunning pizza. I also love fresh basil.

šŸ½ Pizza bufalina (tomato, buffalo mozzarella, basil)
šŸ“Ristorante Incante

The same day, I decided I still wanted pizza. So for dinner, I found a lovely place in the mid-level (did not require quite so many stairs on the way back..). Unfortunately, I cannot remember the name of this restaurant. Therefore, I would recommend that you explore as much of Positano as you can to find great places at your price range. I ordered a pizza with mozzarella, rocket, parmesan and prosciutto. Some of my favourite pizza toppings. And I loved it. Freshly served with a peroni.

šŸ½ Prosciutto, rocket, parmesan
šŸ“Unknown

The next night, I decided to get a pizza as a starter to share. Great choice because it meant I could get both pizza and pasta in one meal. A dream. The restaurant that I chose was close to the hostel and had amazing views over the entirety of Positano. Ristorante Da Costantino Positano was lovely. The prices were great, they gave us a lot of bread, wine was cheap and they gave us limoncello to finish. The pizza was more a Napoli-style pizza – had to be eaten with a knife and fork because it was ‘sloppy’ in the middle. It. was. amazing.

šŸ½ Tomato, mozzarella, salami
šŸ“Ristorante Da Costantino Positano

The final night, I decided to get another prosciutto-based pizza because this is my absolute favourite. No tomato or cheese base on this one. Prosciutto, rocket, parmesan, mozzarella. Delightful. This restaurant was the cheapest I found in Positano, but that didn’t mean the food was any less great. The food was stunning. Cannot recommend this place enough. Their cannoli dessert was the best cannoli I’ve ever had.

šŸ½Prosciutto, rocket, parmesan, mozzarella
šŸ“Ristorante C’era Una Volta

2. Pasta

First up, was a lovely fresh seafood linguine. I like having seafood by the coast because it’s so fresh. This was no exception. Restaurant Capricci was near the beach and also had a takeaway shop upstairs. It was nice to sit outside and eat incredible food.

šŸ½Seafood linguini (clams, octopus, squid, mussels)
šŸ“Restaurant Capricci

I then had a lovely meatball spaghetti. The meatballs were flavoured with fresh basil, and they were so soft.

šŸ½Spaghetti and meatballs
šŸ“Ristorante Da Costantino Positanoļ»æ

Although I’d literally just had seafood linguine, I had to have this next dish. Homemade linguini with mussels and prawns. The linguini was so fat and was like a meal in itself. Wow, I love homemade pasta.

šŸ½Homemade linguini with prawns and mussels
šŸ“Ristorante Da Costantino Positano

3. Gnocchi

I decided to try one of the local delicacies, which luckily for me, was gnocchi alla sorrentina. This was a baked dish of fresh gnocchi with tomato and tons of mozzarella. So so cheesy. It was also a huge portion. If you are as obsessed with cheese as me, get it. Get it as soon as possible.

šŸ½Gnocchi alla Sorrentina (mozzarella, tomato)
šŸ“Ristorante C’era Una Volta

Then I decided to try something a bit different – homemade gnocchi with seafood. I never expected this combination to work as well as it did. But, it was incredible.

šŸ½Gnocchi alla seafood
šŸ“Ristorante Da Costantino Positano

4. Coffee

I only had 1 good coffee in Positano. This was at a place on the beach with a lovely large terrace. Coffee was good but when I got the bill, I almost had a heart attack. 6 euros for 1 coffee! Would only recommend if you have an excess of money.

šŸ½Latte macchiato
šŸ“Spiagga Grande

5. Gelato

First stop on the gelato train was Gelateria Buca di Bacco. The staff here were great and give recommendations if you asked. I ordered chocolate and peach. The peach gelato was different, and I really enjoyed it. It tasted exactly like a perfectly ripe peach.

šŸ½Chocolate, peach, strawberry, cheesecake gelato
šŸ“Gelateria Buca di Bacco

The final Italian gelato was somewhere on the beach, I can’t remember the name. I tried the lemon sorbet, and it was so lemony. Lemons are grown in Southern Italy so they are big on lemons there. It tasted different to lemon sorbets I’ve had previously. Would recommend. I also tried the tiramisu flavour, which was also lovely.

šŸ½Mixed gelato, coffee, lemon sorbet, tiramisu gelato
šŸ“Spiagga grande

The food in Positano was fresh and felt proper Italian. So, that’s it for my Italian food adventure. My favourite place was Verona, and the best food was here too.

What were my favourites?

Pizza – Prosciutto, Verona

Pasta – Seafood linguine, Positano

Gnocchi – Pesto gnocchi, Verona

Coffee – latte machhiato, Rome

Gelato – chocolate gelato, Verona

As a final treat, here’s my favourite antipasti – buffalo mozzarella and prosciutto crudo.

šŸ½Buffalo mozzarella, prosciutto
šŸ“Restaurant Capricci

Did you like my Italian food adventure? Are you jealous? I would be, too.

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