A guide to the best restaurants in Amalfi
The Amalfi coast, part of the Neapolitan Riviera, is a foodie’s dream destination. The beautiful hillside town of Amalfi offers traditional Italian cuisine including pizza, seafood and Mediterranean dishes in restaurants ranging from blow-the-budget fine dining to traditional trattorias serving family favourites. The flavours of Amalfi holidays include Buffalo Mozzarella, lemons, fresh fish and plenty of garlic.
Michelin-star meals at La Caravella
La Caravella, which opened in 1959 in the heart of Amalfi, has an extensive menu focusing on creative interpretations of classic Amalfi dishes. They serve such delights as scialatielli, a local pasta, with mousse of red pumpkin, raw and cooked shrimps. There’s also always a seasonal tasting menu, such as champagne and finger foods prepared by chef Antonio Dipino.
Fine dining at Eolo
Eolo is known for its stunning sea views as well as its sophisticated take on Mediterranean food. It’s a small restaurant with an intimate atmosphere, making it perfect for celebrating special occasions. Eolo even has a cooking school, if you’re feeling inspired to take some Amalfi classics home with you.
Classic seafood at Da Ciccio Cielo Mare Terra
This family-run restaurant has been making people happy with its traditional and seasonal menu since 1931. The menu is simple and elegant, featuring freshly-caught fish and homegrown produce from the restaurant’s own farm. Highlights include tomato pasta with seared tuna and salt cod risotto.
Fantastic fish at Da Gemma
Da Gemma is one of Amalfi’s oldest restaurants, well known for its flair with fish and boasting a cosy interior and relaxed atmosphere. The ingredients are chosen daily from the pick of the best produce available locally, and its menu is packed with classic combinations and modern twists.
Perfect pizza at Da Maria Trattoria
Just a stone’s throw from Amalfi’s cathedral, Da Maria Trattoria offers a menu of pizza, pasta and Neapolitan classics, bursting with the local flavours of lemon, basil, tomatoes, oregano and garlic. It has a welcoming atmosphere and top notch Italian food.
Harbour views at Ristorante Lo Smeraldino
Enjoy wonderful views of the boats and emerald-coloured sea from the terrace of this family-run restaurant. Here you can indulge in some delicious food such as seafood risotto, salt-baked fish, pizza and moreish Italian desserts. They can be accompanied with wine from an extensive list.
An air of exclusivity at Taverna Buonvicino
Hidden in a square among the alleyways of Amalfi sits this restaurant, which has an air of exclusivity. The interior design is cosy and warm and there’s even a piano in the corner. The a la carte menu includes Mediterranean recipes handed down from the owner’s grandparents, and the friendly staff will help you select from the wines.
Centrally located at Taverna Degli Apostoli
Located right beneath the cathedral, this is a great spot for people watching, while old pictures line the interior, reaching out to your sense of curiosity. Try Grandma Amelia’s spaghetti bolognese, the homemade gnocchi, or the catch of the day. Vegetarian options include spaghetti with lemon pesto.
Rustic feeling at La Taverna Dei Briganti
This fantastically rustic restaurant is located just half a mile from the centre of Amalfi Town in an elevated position in the village of Pogerola – an area that used to be strategic stronghold. Enjoy some authentic Italian food on the terrace with incredible views to the Amalfi Coast and beyond.
Fine dining at Da Ciccio Cielo Mare Terra
One of the oldest establishments on the Amalfi Coast, Da Ciccio Cielo Mare Terra specialises in seafood and continues to be run by the same family. Ciccio runs the kitchen with ingredients taken from their farm, and Giuseppe – another member of the family – is the sommelier who will help select the wine.