Sea, Shrimp and Celebrities – Food with a View in Positano

There’s often an inverse relationship between food quality and the vistas that you take in as you’re tucking into your Caesar Salad.  For example, I’ve had many a mediocre meal at the top of a tall building.  However, in a place like Positano, where you’re constantly surrounded by beautiful scenery, I was pleased that the food did justice to its surroundings.

Our days in Positano started with breakfast on the outdoor terrace of our hotel (for more information on our stay at the Hotel Marincanto check out my earlier postHercule Poirot Should Have Slept Here):

Hotel Marincanto Positano Outdoor Terrace for Breakfast

Where even the cappuccino was pleased with the view:

Hotel Marincanto Positano View at Breakfast

Just a vertigo-inducing stairway descent away …

Hotel Marincanto Positano Stairs down to Beach

… located at the base of the cliffs below the Hotel Marincanto was  the La Scogliera beach club.

Hotel Marincanto Positano Beach Club

 Where we had a couple of seaside lunches …

Hotel Marincanto Positano Beach Club Lunch

… and ordered a fantastic caprese salad featuring some of the freshest and juiciest buffalo mozzarella I’ve ever tasted.

Hotel Marincanto Beach Club Tomato and Mozzarella Salad

Another beachside café we tried was Pupetto Evittoria which was located an easy 15 minute walk away through the town center and on Positano’s other major beach, the Spiaggia del Fornillo.

Pupetto Restaurant Sign on the Via Positanesi D'America

Getting to Pupetto included a stroll along a scenic cliffside walkway, the Via Positanese D’America.

Walk along the Via Positanesi D"America in Positano

Where we enjoyed some simple but fresh pizzas on the restaurant’s breezy open terrace …

Pizza at Pupetto Restaurant in Positano

Along with some “sexy” Diet Cokes.

Drinks on the terrace of the Pupetto Restaurant in Positano

Also located along the Via Positanesi D’America is Lo Guarracino.

Entrance to Lo Guarracino Restaurant from the Via Positanesi D"America

At this restaurant we enjoyed our dinner under a rustic vine covered canopy that gave you the feeling that you were sitting in a treehouse …

Lo Guarracino Dinner on the Terrace

… in full view of the ocean with sailboats bobbing in the distance.

Lo Guarracino Dinner with a View

On the menu for dinner was  spaghetti alla puttanesca

Spaghetti alla puttanesca at Lo Guarracino

…. shrimp scampi

Shrimp Scampi at Lo Guarracino 

and a main course of Baked Fish (Al Forno) with Potatoes and Grilled Fish.

Baked Fish Al Forno at Lo Guarracino

Grilled Fish at Lo Guarracino

The following night we went from the seashore to the hills above Positano for dinner at Il Ritrivo. Given its sky-high location far from the town center, the restaurant provides a complimentary van pickup and return from your hotel.

Il Ritrovo Restaurant Positano Van Pickup

We had a great table looking down over Positano to the sea.

Dinner at Il Ritrovo Positano

… and enjoyed prosciutto with ripe cantaloupe …

Prosciutto and Melon at Il Ritrovo Restaurant Positano

… and grilled fish.

Grilled Fish at Il Ritrovo Restaurant Positano

However, the highlight of the meal had to be the Salt & Pepper Shrimp.

Salt and Pepper Shrimp at Il Ritrovo Restaurant Positano

Of course, I would have been fine if I stopped at the lemon cake for dessert.

Dessert at Il Ritrovo Restaurant Positano

But I just couldn’t resist the complimentary sampling of the restaurant’s various homemade dessert liqueurs. Needless to say, I slept very well that night!

After dinner liqueurs at Il Ritrovo Restaurant Positano

We wrapped up our stay in Positano with dinner back on the beach at Chez Black which not only offered up more seaside dining …

Chez Black Positano Sign

… but also a celebrity sighting …

Samuel L. Jackson and Magic Johnson at Chez Black Positano

If you squint, you can make out that this is a photo of Samuel L. Jackson and the back of Magic Johnson‘s head. Sigh, I guess I have quite a bit of work I need to do on my paparazzi skills, don’t I?

How about you? What has been your experience with restaurants with a view?