A guide to food and drink in Neapolitan Riviera

Many restaurants in the Neapolitan Riviera are family owned and run so you’ll get a real taste of authentic cuisine on your Italy holidays. You’ll find many dishes feature locally grown produce such as lemons and tasty cheeses like pecorino.

Exploring the Neapolitan Riviera's delicacies

Ties to the sea are strong in the Neapolitan Riviera, and that’s definitely easy to see in the dishes they serve here. Fresh fish and seafood has become a particular favourite in this coastal area, yet you’ll also find familiar Italian cuisine such as Neapolitan pizzas, and pasta dishes with the addition of things like clams.

Many venues make the most of the spectacular scenery on the coastline. You’ll find intimate cliff-top restaurants with fantastic views out to sea, which are perfect for romantic dinners. There are relaxed beachside venues where you can stop for lunch or a snack, or stay on and enjoy amazing sunsets, plus family-friendly pizza restaurants, which are also ideal for groups.

Classic Italian fine dining and superb scenery at Eolo, Amalfi

Eolo is one of the top restaurants in Amalfi where you’ll get a taste of the very best of Italian cuisine. This is a quietly stylish little venue which only seats a maximum of 32 guests. This gives it a classy, intimate atmosphere where you’ll enjoy a very attentive, knowledgeable and friendly service.

While you dine you’ll be able to take in the truly stunning views across the Amalfi Bay to the towns of Positano and Punta Campanella, which lie nestled in the forested hills. This is definitely a place to go for a special occasion or a real holiday treat.

Views over the Bay of Naples and delicious seafood at Gardenia Mare, Ischia

You’ll find Gardenia Mare on Ischia island, at the edges of a sandy cove with sweeping views over the Bay of Naples. It has a relaxed, easy atmosphere where you can unwind and enjoy the sea breeze while you linger over your meal.

There’s a good menu selection of freshly cooked traditional Italian dishes such as linguine with clams, and the desserts here are also definitely worth trying – especially the tiramisu. Gardenia Mare has its own sun terrace and secluded area of beach with shallow water, making it ideal for families to relax after their meal while the kids play.

Tasty traditional Italian pizzas at Mimi Bar Pizzeria, Ravello

If you’re keen to discover some of the tastiest pizza combinations in the region, Mimi Bar Pizzeria in Ravello is the place to go. Conveniently located in the main square, this is a great place to enjoy a lively meal with friends and family and the enormous pizzas here are big enough to share.

You can try delicious topping combinations including ricotta cheese and Parma ham and they also do Italian specialities such as spinach and ricotta croquettes. There’s plenty of space inside and there’s also a charming garden terrace outside.

Views over the marina and fresh fish at Ristorante Bagni Delfino, Sorrento

Located in the Grand Marina in Sorrento, you’ll get amazing panoramic views over the sea at Ristorante Bagni Delfino. They have a private jetty with sunloungers, so you can also linger here over a drink, or take a dip for a bit of swimming.

You’ll find an excellent choice of traditional Italian fresh fish and seafood dishes such as prawn risotto, seabass with a parmesan crust, and grilled sardines. The waiting staff are very friendly and can make suggestions for the perfect local wine to accompany your meal.

Valley views and tasty clams and mussels at Villa Maria Restaurant, Ravello

You can dine in the open air while taking in views across a lush valley and far out to sea at Villa Maria Restaurant in Ravello. This is a charming little place with an easy going atmosphere and friendly, efficient service.

Enjoy freshly cooked dishes such as lobster ravioli, tender rack of lamb and local seafood specialities with mussels, clams and octopus. This is the perfect place to stop off for lunch, or you can eat here in the evenings to enjoy the spectacular sunsets.