Get ready for these seven super supper spots along one of the most breathtaking destinations in the world
What makes a place the perfect summer getaway besides the quintessential sun and sea? As a travel and fashion enthusiast, the destination has to be a visual delight, but as an aspiring foodie, my palate can't be disappointed either. The Amalfi Coast holds a special place in my heart for that very reason –it offers the perfect combination of the breathtakingly beautiful and undeniably delicious. What more can one ask for?
L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele, Naples
The first stop in Naples before we head to sea had to be the legendary L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele. Though it claimed international fame for being where Julia Roberts regained her zest in life in Eat, Pray, Love, it is no tourist trap and is still widely regarded as the place to be for no fuss, traditional, simple pizza by the locals. The menu strips pizza down to its barest form with only two options - margherita (tomato sauce, basil and buffalo mozzarella) or marinara (tomato sauce, garlic and oregano). Now, you can't go wrong with either, but margherita with doppio bufala is my pie of choice, and believe me when I say that after this, pizza will never taste the same again.
Ristorante Bagni Delfino, Sorrento
In Sorrento, Ristorante Bagni Delfino is the ideal lunch spot. Situated at the end of the Marina Grande with a long patio flanked on both sides by the sea, it serves seafoods and pastas typical of the region (i.e. delicious) and has a fantastic wine list.
Conca del Sogno, Nerano
Undoubtedly one of the loveliest spots along the Amalfi - Conca del Sogno in Nerano. This beautiful restaurant and beach club overlooks crystal clear aquamarine waters and commands an equally beautiful crowd. We dined on platters of tartufi di mare, fresh ricotta, endless pastas (of course), salt baked seabass, and topped off the meal with lethal flutes of sgroppino (lemon sorbet topped with champagne). Before we knew it, lunch had turned into a full blown afternoon party, as the best type of lunches should!
Da Paolino, Capri
Da Paolino is my go-to place for a casual dinner in Capri. My spirits lift as soon as I enter this cove nestled under groves of lemon trees each brimming with lush oversized fruits that perfume the air with their bright citrus scent. The magnificent spread of antipasti is a must have, and I have dreams about a type of homemade pasta they make here called scialatielli, a short, thick and chewy noodle that goes perfectly with mussels and squid. Divine.
Il Geranio, Capri
Il Geranio is a bit of trek up into the Gardens of Augustus in Capri, but it's a beautiful walk and a great place to escape from the crowds. Not to mention it serves the best flambé steak I have ever had.
Il Riccio, Anacapri
In Anacapri, Il Riccio is an institution. Perched right on the cliff by the Blue Grotto, it's an airy space with whimsical details, delectable raw gambero rosso, sea urchin pasta, and a famed dessert room filled with sweets and fresh fruits. An afternoon can easily be spent up on their sun decks sipping aperol spritz and soaking in the Mediterranean sun.
Da Adolfo, Positano
Da Adolfo is one of my absolute favourites, a nondescript shabby chic spot on a tiny pebble beach that serves simple but incredible food from a minuscule kitchen. The tuna carpaccio is unlike any other, and make sure to get whatever the special pasta of the day is - you can't go wrong with that, or really, with anything you choose at this little gem along the beautiful Amalfi Coast.
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