Restaurants on the sea side in Amalfi Coast are a must. There are many between Amalfi and Positano but the favourite for the locals must have some very distinct features: first of all they must be off limits to the tourist crowd and so 300-400 steps to get there is a very good way to guarantee the right isolation, so you need to get there by boat; secondly they must serve excellent food especially fresh fish (“pescato” means today’s freshly-caught fish); last but not least they must be completely dress-down informal. Overcrowded during the day, in the evening they become the perfect place for relaxing or for having a romantic dinner right by the sea.
The best one over the years for the Amalfi local residents is ‘La Tonnarella‘ in Conca dei Marini. It has been there for over 40 years and takes its name from the tuna fishing net, the bay was famous for keeping the privacy of Jackie Kennedy, Princess Margaret plus D’Urso, Chandon and Princess Caroline of Monaco during the 1970s. We would take a private boat from Amalfi under the cover of darkness carrying guitars , beach towels and swimming costumes .
When we arrived at the lovely pebble beach we would call out load to the owner always the same expression: Franco, please, pasta e zucchini (courgettes) and ‘pescato’ half fried and half barbecue while we have a swim, please call us when its ready.
Luckily the restaurant is still managed by the same family even now. Franco is still there waiting for us (and for you!!) looking a little older but with the same wish to laugh!!
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