Food is the heart and soul of Positano. Lunch is never just ‘lunch’, and likewise for dinner. They are occasions, celebrated and cherished, each component coming together to create the perfect dining experience. From the views to the wine, the scent of Amalfi lemons, the freshly caught seafood and the feasts of unrivalled Italian cuisine — all expertly crafted by loving hands.
A local institution since 1949, Chez Black is simple, relaxed and unceremonious, yet authentically Italian. On first impressions, the beachside location may seem like a tourist trap — but looks can be deceiving. For us, it was the ideal little lunch spot for delicious, uncomplicated Italian cuisine, fresh seafood, a glass of crisp rosé and a front row seat for people watching. Well known as a favourite of the stars, a keen eye will be drawn to the gallery wall where the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Roger Moore can be seen gossiping over a glass of limoncello. Look out for the Godfather (as we liked to call him) owner, Salvadore Russo sitting quietly with a warm, gratified look on his face, overseeing the lunch proceedings.
We recommend: The fried baby calamari, 'Black' spaghetti with cuttlefish ink and caprese salad with baked burrata.
CHEZ BLACK | Via del Brigantino, 19, 84017 Positano
Where to start… Our favourite place to eat in Positano, Da Vincenzo truly is a restaurant that dreams are made of. Family run and set at the halfway point on the town’s winding main road, the view is spectacular.
The chef serves up fresh, delicious and authentic Italian cuisine from creamy mozzarella to fresh mussels, mixed seafood linguine and chargrilled langoustines — exactly what you would imagine when thinking of the Amalfi Coast. The ambience is relaxed, romantic, alfresco dining and the service from owner Joseph and his team is warm, humble and attentive. Make sure you call earlier in the day to reserve a table outside.
We recommend: The spaghetti alla vongole, braised beef ragu pappardelle, tiramisu and a shot of limoncello to finish.
Recommended by a friend and described as an unmissable dining experience, La Tagliata did not disappoint.
Sky-high above the cliffs of Positano, we made a reservation and waited patiently outside the town's only pharmacy for the restaurant’s complimentary shuttle bus to arrive. As the shuttle climbs higher up the startlingly narrow winding roads, the ever-shrinking town fades into the distance — you are in the clouds. Once seated, it becomes apparent why the restaurant has such a great reputation; the view of Positano’s jagged landscape meeting the ocean’s marble waves is breathtaking. Typical of the Amalfi Coast, the waiter had charm and energy as he swiftly declared, “This is not a restaurant, but our family home” as we are introduced to Mama and Papa, our chefs for the evening. There is no menu, there is no choice, you are to sit back, pour another glass of wine and enjoy the five mouthwatering courses to come.
We recommend: Everything! It is all delicious and well, you don't have a choice.
An enchanting and romantic dining experience, Michelin starred La Sponda begins each dinner service by lighting four hundred glimmering candles as musicians strum out old Neapolitan love songs. Service and attention to detail are unrivalled and the food, delicate and delicious. The atmosphere here truly is spectacular, we spent an unforgettable Birthday evening, gazing out over the town and the dome of the Santa Maria Assunta church as the sun set and the twinkling lights of Positano came to life.
We recommend: Treat yourself to the tasting menu and a glass of champagne from the drinks trolley.
LA SIRENUSE | Via Cristoforo Colombo, 30, 84017 Positano
Boasting one of the best views in town, Il Capitano is renowned for its fresh pizza baked before your very eyes and beautiful terrace overlooking the ocean. The atmosphere is relaxed and romantic and the menu simple yet refined, the perfect spot for an Aperol Spritz and dinner under the stars on a warm summer evening.
We recommend: The mixed seafood starter with crusty bread and fresh baked sourdough pizzas are out of this world.