Modern Italian cuisine has evolved through the centuries and with the discovery of the New World. Vegetables such as potatoes, tomatoes, bell peppers, and maize are important ingredients in the dishes of Amalfi.
Popular Restaurants in Amalfi:
Satisfying the appetites of its guests for over a century, Da Gemma has gathered a multitude of awards for its cuisine. It is perhaps best known for its specialty paccheri con gamberetti (homemade pasta with shrimp). Try the ciambotta (a mix of sautéed potatoes, peppers, and eggplant). Favorite dishes include the home-made ravioli filled with goat cheese served with cherry tomatoes and basil or grilled bluefin tuna fish from Cetara served with pumpkin and cous cous. Hours: Thurs-Tues 12:30-2:45pm and 7:45-10:30pm Prices:$20-$120 American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa are accepted. Da Gemma is located at Via Fra Gerrardo Sasso, 11. The phone number is 089-871345 and the website is www.trattoriadagemma.com
. Reservations are required.
is located in the hotel Marina Riviera and has a menu focused on a small number of expertly prepared dishes. Highly recommended is the stuffed cuttlefish (seppie ripiene) or the calamari stuffed with sausages and broccoli, ravioli. Diners receive little prizes throughout the meal such as homemade bread, chocolates with coffee, a little pastry entrée, all at no charge! For Tartar lovers there is the Fantasy of Tartare (a selection of fish & scallop tartars). Hours: Wed-Mon 12:30-3pm and 7:30-10:30pm. Prices range from $25-$50. American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa are accepted. Ristorante Eolo is located at Via Pantaleone Comite 3, Amalfi. The phone number is 089-871241and the website is www.eoloamalfi.it
. Reservations are recommended.
Offering a seasonal menu La Caravella
, uses only the freshest local ingredients, allowing diners to enjoy both simple and elaborate dishes designed by Chef Antonio Dipino. Just a few of the marvelous dishes are: mussels stuffed with olives and mozzarella, stuffed squid, panzerottini with squid ink, ricotta and crustaceans, and a dessert like soufflé al limone di Amalfi. La Caravella is located at Via Matteo Camera 12, Amalfi. Hours: Wed-Mon noon-2pm and 7:30-10:30pm (also Tues in Aug) Prices for main courses range from $35-$48 and the tasting menu $137. American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa accepted. La Caravella is located at Via Matteo Camera 12, Amalfi. The phone number is 089-871029 and the website is www.ristorantelacaravella.it
. Reservations are required.
EDITOR NOTE: Positano, Italy is a popular excursion for cruises calling on Amalfi. For your convenience, we are providing restaurant recommendations for Positano in addition to Amalfi.
Positano, located on the coast of Italy's Campania Region, will be at least one place on your journey where you'll have to try the seafood. Anchovies are fresh or home cured here, and Frutti di Mare (seafood) on linguine or capellini is food for the angels (it's so heavenly). In Campania, frienno magnanno refers directly to "fry and eat." The technique implies freshness, as opposed to greasiness, and your fried entrees are prepared with this in mind! Buffalo mozzarella is highly favored here, and is quite delicious. Sorrento Ovale, medium to large lemons, are quite popular, and Campania is absolutely THE REGION to imbibe in lemoncello!
Popular Restaurants in Positano:
Il Grottino Azzurro Michele, located at Via Guglielmo Marconi 158, Positano, is a must try in this town! Located in an old wine cellar, the menu boasts a nice variety of entrees traditional to the region, including a variety of pastas, eggplant parmesan, and cannelloni. Prices tend to range from 10 to 16 Euros, and you do want to make reservations. Do they have wine? In an old wine cellar now restaurant on the Italian coast? You bet they do! This restaurant is open from Thursday through Tuesday from 12:30- to 3pm, and from and 7:30 to 10pm. You can contact them at 089-875466.
Da Vincenzo Michele
, at Viale Pasitea 172, Positano, is one of those lovely little family run places with home made wonders that include friend ravioli and stuffed sweet peppers among other delights! Prices range from 14 to 16 Euros for entrees. Their hours are as follows:Tuesday from 7:30-10pm; Wed-Mon, 12:30-3pm and 7:30-10pm. Reservations are needed, and you can contact them at 089-875128, or visit www.davincenzo.it
When La Cambusa Michele
, located at Piazza Amerigo Vespucci 4, Positano, serves you fish, they mean it was delivered to their door that morning. Grilled fish, shrimp, arugula, mussels, and a variety of pastas are on this wonderful menu. Their hours are daily from noon to 3:00 PM, and from 7:30 PM to 11:00 PM. Prices typically range from 16 to 28 Euros. Reservations are a must, and you can contact them at 089-875432, or visit www.lacambusapositano.com