Positano is for [everyone] Lovers
Welcome to my first (of many) recaps of our trip to Italy last week. My husband and I went along with my parents and his, and the 6 of us had such a wonderful time. The beauuuutiful Positano was incredible as ever and such a fun day for all of us!
In the morning we took a ferry from Amalfi, and from there I went straight to the beach! I am a huge fan of Grey Malin’s photography so I was excited to actually sit on the beach which he has featured in many photographs. So I spent a few hours there while the rest of the group walked around, and then we all met up for lunch. We met at the bottom of the town (near the port) and thanks to a friend - Ashley Burke THANK YOU - we got a recommendation for lunch or dinner…at a little spot called La Tagliata…and here is where the story begins.
...we knew we had to get a cab, so we asked around, and then we climbed 50, yes FIFTY flights of stairs. This was no easy feat for all 6 of us in beach attire… and after we finally did that, we still couldn't find a cab. It seemed like the chances of lunch were bleak and I started to have that “planner anxiety” - where you know the pressure is on, you made the plans and you need to make sure everyone is happy with them. So we talked about not going, just finding lunch somewhere near where we were, etc, but my father in law was able to hail a cab to take us to the restaurant. After winding roads and a large fear of dying about 700 times, we made it to the top. The restaurant at first glance, was ALREADY WORTH IT. The view was incredible, unreal, over the top. We could see the entire coast, as well as the farms and vineyards where our lunch was harvested from, the anticipation started for lunch to begin.
So the owner comes over and asks - light or full? OBVIOUSLY full… and wow was that accurate. They started with the most AMAZING tomatoes with basil and olive oil. I can’t describe how good they were, except to say we do not have tomatoes like that in the US… and then there was fresh mozzarella di buffalo with proscuitto. (cheese was heaven.) Then followed the veggies: beans, broccoli, peas, spinach, etc so we are passing around the table digging in.. oh and also passing around unlimited wine and beer, so we are off to a great start. Next was… THE. PASTA. 4 kinds: pumpkin ravioli, gnocchi, zucchini linguini and… mama pasta - with all secret ingredients. OK so now would have been the best time ever to be able to reverse engineer a recipe, because i could eat the mama pasta for every meal for the rest of my life. Pretty sure it was a ricotta and tomato + cream sauce but whatever it was, it was perfect. So at this point we’ve already had like the best lunch ever, and we didn't even get the meat yet. No one is even hungry anymore, but anyways they bring out a plate the size of a large pizza, full of meat: chicken, pork, lamb, bacon, and who knows what else. It was an impressive size that we knew we couldn't come close to finishing, and THEN we got the t-bone. Legit it was bigger than my head. So we did what we could to that meat platter, and somehow fit in dessert. Tiramisu, lemon cake, pastries, chocolate, and who knows what other chocolate concoctions… but the tiramisu was absolutely incredible. Then it was back to finish a few more bottles of wine.
Somehow we rolled ourselves from the table after paying ONLY 40 EURO a person..and hopped on a public bus to the bottom of Positano. No one would need to eat for the next 48 hours so safe to say that meal was well worth it. If you are ever presented with an opportunity to see Positano, it is beautiful on its own, but I would say as someone who has been there 3 times now, there is nothing better than la Tagliata. It is a MUST DO on the coast. Also they have a free shuttle for dinner service so if you are staying in the town it is pretty easy. Now fill up on all the pictures…..