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Pizza and Fish in Positano

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April 23, 2014 / Italian / By
Anna

The first time you drive to Positano, you will probably need a drink when you get out of the car. This is especially true if you are staying at the Florida Inn as the parking is indescribable. The faint-hearted should get off the road and ask the owners to park their car.

 

It is an ancient fishing village that scrambles down the cliff faces to the sea. Walking down is no problem as there is much to see, plenty of shopping and several routes to take to keep you amused. But coming up? Well, I would buy a €1.00 bus ticket from the tobacco shop just across the road from the bus stop and ride back up. The ride itself is terrifying if, like me you are not comfortable with cantilevered roads and crowded buses, but the walk up is tough.

All along the main road little eateries are dotted.  One of my favorites, Saraceno D’Oro, is actually lining both sides of the road. The health and safety implications caused my sister a good deal of concern and the rest of us much amusement as the waiters dived back and forward in front to the cars, buses and motorbikes.

There is plenty to choose from on the menu, but when I am in Positano, I like to eat fish as much as possible, so even the pizza I choose has to have fish.

 

At least one meal has to be at Da Aldolfo. Get the hotel to make bookings for you or you risk being disappointed. At around 10.00 am head down to the dock and wait for a small boat with a red fish sign on the mast. This is your ride to the restaurant. Take your bathers/togs as the water is delicious in the summer. Changing rooms are minimal, but it is all part of it. You can spend the whole day in the secluded cove as the last boat returns at around 7.00 pm.

The boat ride gives wonderful views of Positano and is a perfect photo opportunity. At Da Adolfo, you rent a sun lounger, or just go to your table and relax looking out at the Mediterranean Sea before you.  

The menu is written on a blackboard and usually quite illegible. But the waiters will help. Most of them speak English and seem to come from Sydney or Melbourne, Australia. Fresh fish is what this recipe is all about and I just love it. The sea bream has captured my heart, but it is just fresh fish cooked simply in an idyllic setting, so anything from the menu will be great.

Although Da Adolfo has become the worst kept secret on the Amalfi coast, it is still popular with locals. Last time I was there, the delightful shop assistant I had spoken to in the morning turned up and spent her afternoon siesta time eating and swimming at Da Adolfo. If the locals like it too, it must be good.

More excellent adventures in Italy here.

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