Visit the Amalfi Coast is an extraordinary experience: only here you can see stunning cliffs, artistic wonders and terraces that soften the landscape, so the number of incoming tourists from around the world is growing year after year.
An essential ingredient of a holiday on the Amalfi Coast is the local cuisine, the pride of the region and in particular of the 13 municipalities that are part of this coastline; the easiest way to taste the typical dishes, learn more about culinary traditions of Campania and delight the palate with top quality food is to eat at a gourmet restaurant, to combine the absolute excellence of the cuisine with the unmistakable style of a refined place.
This is a selection of 5 gourmet restaurants on the Amalfi Coast, rewarded and appreciated by the most prestigious guides of the wine & food sector.
Our choice is also an invitation to follow a tourist route including the destinations where the restaurants are located.
Re Maurì, the starred restaurant in Vietri sul Mare
Re Maurì is the Lloyd’s Baia Hotel restaurant in Vietri sul Mare, its distinctive trait is the position, at a few kilometers from Salerno, and the panoramic view over the sea.
It’s easy to reach the restaurant and begin from there a tour along Amalfi Coast by car.
Re Maurì is the first restaurant in province of Salerno that got the Michelin star in the 2016 edition of the guide, a record achieved thanks to the talent of the chef Lorenzo Cuomo, who is a disciple of the renowned chef Oliver Glowig and offers creative and surprising menus, an example of innovative and tasty Mediterranean cuisine.
Due to its romantic view of the Gulf of Salerno, Re Maurì is a place suspended in time, where each dish recalls and revisits a local specialty, for example the spaghetti alla chitarra with broccoli, cracklings and fennel bread cream, seabass crusted with black lentils, almond milk and fennels scented with orange, and pina colada and persimmons as dessert.
The restaurant is adorned by the precious Vietri ceramics, the best known handicraft product of this ancient hamlet, and wins the challenge of being an elegant venue and, at the same time, focused on the exceptional nature of regional products.
Torre Normanna in Maiori
Maiori boasts the longest beach of the Amalfi Coast, also recognizable by the dark sand of volcanic origin.
By the sea it rises a tower dating back to XIV century, which now houses the Torre Normanna restaurant, frequented by VIPs such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Naomi Campbell.
The terrace that overlooks the sea is a beautiful setting for a dinner based on exclusive dishes, such as linguine di Gragnano (a kind of pasta) with sea urchins and mullet tuna or tuna steak with broccoli and sauce of vigna traversa.
If you plan to spend a pleasant day at sea and you want to reach the Torre Normanna for dinner, I suggest you go by boat to the restaurant, taking advantage of the small harbor near the cliffs, a truly original way to enjoy the magic atmosphere of this stunning venue.
Al Convento in Cetara
Cetara is the fishing town internationally renowned for the “colatura di alici” (anchovy syrup), a seasoning that you can taste with spaghetti and is an emblem of the traditional anchovy fishing: in the past, Cetara fishermen usually went to Algeria and Morocco to find anchovies.
Al Convento is a restaurant that opened about 40 years ago and won the awards of Gambero Rosso for the high quality of its menus and the creativity of the dishes based on anchovies.
The restaurant is situated in the center of Cetara and has frescoes dating back to Middle Age in the interiors, a successful combination between the charming past and the refined present.
A’ Paranza in Atrani
Did you know that Atrani is the smallest community in all of Italy? You’ll be surprised during your visit to the town, because Atrani, by virtue of its picturesque streets, squares and so-called “scalinatelle” has been repeatedly set of commercials and films.
In other words, is a destination not to be missed on the Amalfi Coast.
A’ Paranza is the name of the recommended restaurant and brings to mind the scent of the sea, the breeze blowing between cliffs and the intense colors of the coast; the word “paranza” stands for coastal fishing boat and is also a kind of fried fish made with anchovies, cod, mullet, sole and other small fish.
The menus of A’ Paranza are mainly based on fish, so it is especially suggested to those who want to enjoy tempting dishes based on the catch of the day.
La Caravella dal 1959 in Amalfi
Amalfi is 700 meters far from Atrani and is one of the most popular destinations on the Coast.
Here the must-go restaurant is La Caravella, starred by Michelin, that expresses its own style not only through tasty dishes prepared by talented chefs, but also with an exhibition of handmade pottery of the greatest master potters of Amalfi, from XIX century to the present.
The attention to detail is also evident in the extensive wine list that ranges from Italian top labels to international ones.
The restaurant has been in business since 1959, a guarantee of quality and continuity for those seeking only the best.
The Amalfi Coast is a paradise that should be explored without haste, take the opportunity to discover the most delicious specialties in the best gourmet restaurants, you will be very delighted.