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It should really be no surprise that restaurants right along the Amalfi Coast serve up some of the freshest seafood dishes in Italy. With local fishermen providing delicious regional seafood there is a never ending supply of tempting ingredients to satisfy any pallet, from lobster and squid to shrimp and crabs. The Amalfi Coast is also notorious for its delicious pasta dishes and thin crust pizza often topped with a multitude of locally sourced toppings such as tomatoes, olives and peppers.
Every year thousands of tourists visit this beautiful coastline and as such a large number of restaurants are required to ensure that every eating option is available from fast food outlets and small cafes to popular bistros and a la carte dining. The local cuisine is Neapolitan but you can find establishments offering a number of other international options.
The Italians love their food and eating plays a major role in the social life of locals, so be ready to take your time over a meal, they won’t expect you to rush but by the same token courses may be served at a relaxed pace and make sure you choose one of the regional red or white wines that is a prefect accompaniment to any meal.
Read more on this destination in the AA Pocket Guide to Naples & the Amalfi Coast.
Recommended Restaurants on the Amalfi Coast
Capitano, Via Pasitea 119, Positano - A feeling of elegant refinement pervades Capitano. Dine under the pergolas on the terrace, which has magical sea views. First courses include a delicious calamari and scampi salad. Seafood dishes dominate. You shouldn’t leave this part of the world without trying the fried prawns with orange mayonnaise.
Caravella, Via Matteo Camera, Amalfi - This acclaimed restaurant has been producing excellent cuisine that marries traditional elements with innovative twists since 1959. There are plenty of seafood dishes to choose from and lightly boiled filleted fish with freshly squeezed lemon. Simplicity is the key, using fresh local ingredients. The service is first class and the choice of wine exemplary.
La Pergola, Via Magna Grecia 1, Paestum - Delicious antipasti followed by fish, cheese and vegetable primi. Be aware this may be closed on Mondays during the winter.
Rossellini's, Via San Giovanni del Toro 28, Ravello - This acclaimed restaurant, part of the beautiful Palazzo Sasso hotel, is perched 300m (984ft) above the sea. Look out for the asparagus ravioli with artichoke and carrot sauce, and the classic aubergine cannelloni. There are wonderful fish dishes and an irresistible dessert selection.
Tari, Via Capuano, Amalfi - Fresh ingredients and traditional techniques combine to provide superb seafood, pasta and pizza at this informal, family-run restaurant. There’s a wide ranging wine list, which naturally includes a selection of locally produced tipples.