Seafood pasta at A'Paranza restaurant, Amalfi Coast, Italy

A` Paranza

This trattoria in Atrani, a member of the association of Slow Food in Italy, A Paranza is known for its excellent seafood. The décor is old school Amalfi (white walls and tiled floors) even though it was recently refurbished after a flood and so is the cuisine, which focuses on whatever is freshest.

Lounge at Champagne & Oyster Bar, Amalfi Coast, Italy - Courtesy of Le Sirenuse

Champagne & Oyster Bar

With sweeping views across the sea, this chic and petite bar at the Sirenuse hotel draws a sophisticated crowd, some of whom emerge from the privacy of their yachts for an aperitif here. Many stay for dinner at La Sponda.

Food at Chez Black, Amalfi Coast, Italy

Chez Black

This nautical-inspired restaurant is located near the marina in Positano, specializing in seafood (there’s a large lobster tank in the dining room). For the best people watching, try to get a seat on the terrace. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Sea Lounge at Conca del Sogno,  Amalfi Coast, Italy

Conca del Sogno

A short ride from Positano, this is the perfect place for a leisurely lunch while enjoying a day on the water. Conca del Sogno, only accessible by boat, serves crowd pleasing seaside classics. On a recent visit I ordered the homemade spaghetti (served to al dente perfection) with local zucchini sourced from a small village on the coast. It was, hands down, the best meal I had during my one week stay on Capri and Amalfi.

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Cumpa Cosimo

Don’t be put off if the only languages that you hear spoken around you at Cumpa Cosimo are English, German and French; this Ravello classic has been around so long that it’s become a must-stop for lunch or dinner. Despite the somewhat orchestrated setting, the food is very good, especially the generous portions of homemade pasta. Cumpa Cosimo is a great choice for families traveling with kids in search of an easy, relaxed meal. If the weather is nice, however, a place like Villa Amore, with a terrace and sea views, is preferable.

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Daybed at Da Adolfo, Amalfi Coast, Italy

Da Adolfo

To most U.S. travelers, especially those familiar with the Pacific and Atlantic coastlines, what qualifies as a beach along the Amalfi Coast is laughable. With its teeny patch of black sand, Laurito Beach, near the San Pietro, is no exception. But locals and longtime aficionados alike come here for classic Da Adolfo, an uber-casual seaside restaurant that opened in the 1960s. Reservations are a must. Guests from Positano can arrive via a short boat transfer, providing gorgeous views, but be aware that their free shuttle back doesn’t commence until 4 p.m. Since there is not much to do at Laurito, it’s best to hire your own shuttle back to Positano after lunch.

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Da Vincenzo

On the main street of Positano, this family restaurant serves some of the best pasta in town.

Bar at Don Alfonso 1890, Amalfi Coast, Italy

Don Alfonso 1890

Note: Don Alfonso will be closed until March 2024 for eco-green renovation.

The Campania region’s most famous restaurant and Michelin two-star, Don Alfonso is a gourmet temple that draws foodies to the Sorrento peninsula every year. Chef Alfonso Iaccarino and his wife, Livia, opened the restaurant in 1973 and show no signs of slowing down when it comes to adding creative new ways of sharing their culinary philosophy with their guests: a program of cooking classes, and the Relais, a boutique property with eight suites and an apartment for travelers who want to turn a dining experience here into a culinary vacation. Thirty-seven miles from Naples, the restaurant makes a great spot for lunch before you continue on to the Amalfi Coast, another 45-minute drive away. Closed Monday (and Tuesday from October–May).

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Franco's Bar

This buzzy tiled terrace bar occupies what was once a parking lot just above Le Sirenuse. The outdoor hot spot, with its spectacular sea view and ceramic yellow fountain by Guiseppe Ducrot, draws a chic crowd every night that it is open. They come for cocktails (dreamt up by Le Sirenuse’s head bar man), light snacks and to be part of a beautiful scene that lingers until midnight. Don’t miss the bathrooms, which have their own artistic touch.

Dinning Area at Il Pirata, Amalfi Coast, Italy

Il Pirata

Down the cliff from La Praia, this seaside restaurant attracts sunbathers who lounge on its bathing decks during the day. It is also fun for a casual evening out as they have live music and a bar built into the rocks. The menu offers classics like tomato and mozzarella and linguine with clams.

Aerial View - Il San Pietro Terrace, Amalfi Coast, Italy

Il San Pietro Terrace

The large and dramatic terrace at the Il San Pietro hotel is a must for sunset aperitifs. You can’t decide what’s more beautiful: the terrace’s colorful, majolica-tile benches, the lush gardens surrounding it or the stupendous views of the coast. Have another Aperol spritz or Bellini to take in the scene.

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Food on table overlooking the ocean at Il San Pietro’s Zass, Amalfi Coast, Italy

Il San Pietro’s Zass

The dining room of the Zass at the San Pietro is begging to be updated (it has an old-world feeling in the literal sense), but for pure romantic atmosphere, a table for two at the edge of the terrace can’t be beat. Diners are seated at intimate tables that seem to hover over the sea, and if you’re lucky, you’ll time the beginning of your meal with the sunset. Belgian chef Alois Vanlangenaeker (it’s easy to see why everyone calls him by his first name) has a Michelin star and oversees a lengthy menu of dishes that includes local specialties as well as international fare. Most memorable is the electrifying sunset, the smooth sea hundreds of feet below and the views of Positano illuminated by hundreds of lights. Reservations are recommended.

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Food at La Sponda, Amalfi Coast, Italy - Courtesy of Le Sirenuse

La Sponda

Every evening around dusk, one of the white-suited waiters at Le Sirenuse climbs on a small ladder to light the countless votives that are suspended from wrought-iron chandeliers shaped like branches. The candles illuminate the space—already lovely with potted lemon trees, a vaulted ceiling covered in green vines, and huge windows offering panoramic views of the bay—transforming it into the kind of magical backdrop that inspires impassioned declarations of amore.

There may not be an open terrace like at the San Pietro, but diners can have an aperitif at the Sirenuse’s Champagne & Oyster Bar first, and the candlelit wonderland of the dining room is truly one of the coast’s most unique settings. Be sure to ask for a table by the window. (If you fall in love with the wrought-iron chandeliers and centerpieces, you are in good company: the hotel received so many requests for them that they’re now sold at Emporio Sirenuse across the street.) Reservations are recommended.

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Dinning Area at La Tagliata, Amalfi Coast, Italy

La Tagliata

Come hungry to this local favorite, which is tucked high in the hills above Positano. The setting is rustic: wooden chairs, checkered tablecloths, and various potted plants and bunches of garlic hanging from the ceiling. Diners do not order à la carte; rather they sit, and out comes the food, which includes antipasta, a large selection of homemade pasta and copious amounts of meats, which are prepared on a grill in the back and served with salad and fresh vegetables. It’s an impossible amount of food, and I observed several locals who skipped the pasta course—this required a fair amount of discussion up front, of course—in order to save room for the truly memorable meats, which included a selection of pork, sausage, lamb and steak. Reserve a table at the window for fabulous views of Positano and the sea. La Tagliata offers a free shuttle service from most hotels along the coast, but if you’re going during lunchtime, you can also take the scenic hike back down to Positano. Open for lunch and dinner.

TIP: Unless you’re a fan of limoncello, don’t let the waiter talk you into having one; yes, the sweet liqueur is the typical conclusion to a meal on the Amalfi Coast, but after the amount of food you’ve just consumed, grappa is the way to go.

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Lido Azzurro

It’s unclear where the “lido” in the name comes from, as there’s no beach to speak of, but this waterfront restaurant, overlooking the harbor of Amalfi, is one of the prime spots for a leisurely, sun-soaked lunch. Diners seated on the terrace snack on freshly prepared seafood that goes down easy with a white from the region. This restaurant serves excellent traditional dishes to diners who look over the marina of Amalfi. Reservations are strongly recommended. Closed Monday.

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Lo Scoglio da Tommaso

Though determined drivers can get to this longtime favorite via land, it’s much more glamorous to arrive by boat to this lovely family run restaurant. Seated on a long deck that stretches into the sea, diners enjoy fresh seafood accompanied by glasses of chilled local whites. The family has been delivering farm-to-table and sea-to-table food since it opened in 1958 and their regulars include celebrities, chefs and locals, who are all treated as longtime friends. The spaghetti with zucchini, a local specialty, is legendary here. Most fruits and vegetables served are grown in the family’s garden just up the hillside.

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Entrance at Max, Amalfi Coast, Italy


Located in the center of Positano, this restaurant is particularly cozy on a day when the weather is not great. The dining room is filled with antique furnishings and original art (the place functions as a gallery with rotating exhibitions). An oft-changing menu of seasonal specialties is served alongside a strong list of wines, many of them local. Don't miss the seafood pappardelle or the fried and stuffed zucchini blossoms.

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Bar at Next 2, Amalfi Coast, Italy

Next 2

Recommends Antonio Sersale, the owner of the Sirenuse, in Positano: “Next 2 is a great restaurant with lovely cuisine. It’s owned by a charming woman named Tanina, who is also the chef. It’s always a fun scene.” Many of the ingredients are grown in the family’s nearby gardens and the cuisine is innovative takes on classic Campagnia cuisine with a focus on, naturally, ultra-fresh seafood. For an aperitif, guests can sample a large array of regional wines in the adjacent wine bar.

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Food at Pasticceria Leone, Amalfi Coast, Italy

Pasticceria Leone

This sliver of a café and pastry shop (the bakery is in the back), right off Amalfi’s bustling piazza in front of the duomo, is a good pit stop for an espresso to escape the heat and the crowds. The homemade treats make nice gifts to take home.

Interiors at Rossellinis, Amalfi Coast, Italy - Photo Courtesy - Palazzo Avino


Named after the famous Hollywood director, who stayed at the old Palazzo Sasso (today renamed Palazzo Avino) in the 1950s, the fine-dining restaurant of the hotel is grand, refined and serious. It has garnered two well-deserved Michelin stars for a lengthy and complex Mediterranean menu. The ambiance in the dining room is hushed and a bit too formal for a resort setting—purses get their own teeny chaises, which feels off in casual Ravello—but the innovative dishes are truly a diner’s delight. The wine list is extensive, but the sommelier is happy to recommend vintages, especially local Campania ones. Dinner only; closed November–March.

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Treville Beach Club

The beach club of super stylish boutique hotel Villa TreVille sits right next to Positano's legendary restaurant Da Adolfo. Its gleaming white and blue décor stands in stark contrast to the slightly dilapidated look of its neighbor, and it draws an attractive crowd to its beach and for its sexy DJ-enhanced atmosphere (even if the food is not as well considered as that of Da Adolfo). This is as close to a Nikki Beach vibe as you will find in the area.

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Un Piano Nel Cielo restaurant, Amalfi Coast.  Italy

Un Piano Nel Cielo

Un Piano Nel Cielo at Casa Angelina in Praiano has beautiful views of the coast and a romantic ambience for a special night out.


For an easy lunch or dinner with kids, head to this no-frills restaurant, which specializes in tasty thin-crust pizzas—made in a wood-burning oven—and homemade pasta. Save room for dessert, which includes a variety of homemade cakes and pastries. Reservations, especially for lunch, when Ravello is a popular destination with day-trippers, are essential. Closed Tuesday.

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