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Flavors and aromas of the Amalfi Coast

The scent of lemons, fresh fish, soft cheeses and irresistible pastries: the culinary delights of a beautiful land.

Flavors and aromas of the Amalfi Coast

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A cuisine abundant in fish, seafood and fruit and vegetables ripened to perfection in the Mediterranean sun; but which will also appeal to meat eaters and cheese lovers, thanks to the protein-packed delicacies produced in the Lattari mountains.

Fruit the color of the sun

Lemons are as much part of the landscapes of the Amalfi Coast as the precipitous, cliff edge terraces, or "gardens", as they are called here, on which they grow. These magnificent golden fruits are used in any number of local recipes, from the world famous limoncello and delizie al limone to lesser known delicacies such as ricotta filled ravioli sprinkled with grated lemon peel and mozzarella, smoked between lemon leaves.

When not on your plate or in your glass, you'll find the Amalfi Coast's much-loved citrus fruit on postcards, posters, t-shirts, aprons and in a vast range of perfumes, face creams and soaps.Ovale di Sorrento and Sfusato Costa di Amalfi are the names of the Amalfi Coast's two Igp lemon varieties, both of which are cultivated on the terraces, supported by chestnut wood poles, and shaded by traditional "pagliarelle" which simultaneously protect the fruits from the elements and delay ripening.

Although the lemon has been present in the area since Ancient Roman times it was under the Arab dominion, when the vitamin c-rich fruit's power to combat scurvy was first discovered, that its cultivation was intensified.

Where to shop

Artisan companies which make products using the areas lemons include the Cooperativa Cata, in via delle Cartiere 55-57 ad Amalfi, which is responsible for the exquisite Valle dei Mulini limoncello . Customers have the opportunity to visit one of the firms lemon groves and a Museum containing a fascinating collection of antique farming equipment and documents regarding the areas age-old rural traditions.

Another excellent limoncello is produced by Fratelli Cobalto and sold in the Antichi Sapori d'Amalfi, in via Duomo 39. The shop also stocks the famous "Concerto" liqueur, made following an ancient recipe invented by the areas Cappuccini monks.

The sea on your plate

The Amalfi Coast boasts some of the world's finest fish cuisine.
Shrimps, redfish, pezzogne, bream, sea urchins, octopus, blue fish, molluscs, are the protagonists of unforgettable recipes such as "scialatielli ai frutti di mare", a dish made with sea food and the fresh pasta typical of the Amalfi Coast.
The humble, yet divine, anchovy, is used to make Cetara's extraordinary Colatura di Alici, a modern version of the ancient Roman "garum".

In the fishing village of Cetara, preparation of the Colatura commences on March 25th with the Festa of the Annunziata and concludes in late July.

The heads and bones of anchovies caught in spring are removed and the remainder left in salted water for 24hrs.
After this first salting, they are placed in wooden casks , and pressed between layers of salt.
The liquid created by the pressing is filtered into glass jars and exposed to the sun, in order to obtain its characteristic amber yellow color and intense aroma.
After a few months, the liquid is finally bottled.
The result is a concentration of the sea, just a few drops of which are sufficient to transform the most simple of pasta dishes in an explosion of flavor.

Where to shop

The perfect place in which to purchase the Colatura is, of course, Cetara and, in particular, the Sapori Cetaresi shop, which Battista Delfino opened in the towns harbor 50 years ago.

The cheeses of Monte Lattari

The Monti Lattari form the backbone of the Sorrentine peninsula, between the provinces of Naples and Salerno. The mountains were given their name by the Ancient Romans because of the large number of cows and goats reared in the area.

This is the other side of the Amalfi Coast, where a number of small, family-run dairies, located mainly in Agerola and Tramonti, continue the areas cheese making tradition. br /> The ricotta, fiordilatte and provola cheeses produced in the mountain towns are laced with the scent of herbs.

Fresh ricotta is one of the principal ingredients in "ndunderi": a type of gnocchi which UNESCO has declared to be one of the oldest pastas in the world. An exquisite rarity best enjoyed in one of the traditional trattorias in Minori, its birth town.

Cheese lovers will want to taste the Provolone del Monaco, also called mantello or coat, because of its shape, which is similar to that of the coat used by the dairymen to protect them from the cold whilst transporting their wares to Naples.

Historic dairies

  • A Tramonti: Antica Latteria di Tramonti (frazione Gete, via Sclavo 2) per acquistare fiordilatte, provola affumicata e ricotta alle erbe.
  • Ad Amalfi: Latteria Santa Caterina (Piazza dei Dogi), per portare a casa i caprini alle erbe e al peperoncino, la ricotta e il Provolone del Monaco prodotti nel caseificio di famiglia a Scala.

The sweetest trip

The Amalfi Coasts talented pastry chefs are the authors of many fabulous recipes for cakes and desserts.

From his pastry shop in Minori, in Piazza Cantilena, ( Salvatore De Riso creates tempting treats, which are renowned throughout Italy and the world, such as chocolate coated aubergine, custard filled "aragostelle" pastries, and his legendary hazelnut crumb cake, filled with ricotta and pears.

In Amalfi, sweet toothed holidaymakers should head straight to Pansa, in the central Piazza Duomo, a historic cafe where, amidst the antique mirrors and shelves , theyll find scrumptious Amalfi biscuits and over-sized Zeppole di San Giuseppe.

In Piazza Municipio, Andrea Pansa, who represents the fifth generation of this dynasty of pastry makers, has opened a temple dedicated to chocolate ( in which devoted chocoholics can purchase hand wrapped chocolates, chocolate covered citrus fruits and every type of praline imaginable.

In Positano make sure you pop into La Zagara, in via dei Mulini, (, a romantic little shop with terraces surrounded by orange and lemon trees,
in which you can savor a slice of Torta Zagara: a wickedly delicious cake made with chocolate and candied orange.

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Wineries on the Amalfi Coast

Where you can sample the best wines from the Amalfi Coast

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Wineries on the Amalfi Coast

Where you can sample the best wines from the Amalfi Coast

Restaurants on the Amalfi Coast

Amalfi Coast Restaurants


La Capannina

Fresh fish, succulent meat, kitchen garden vegetables and a magnificent view of Ravello.

+39 089 871128

Cucina Antichi Sapori

Garden vegetables, highly prized cheeses, recipes of the past with the lightness of the present.

+39 089 876491

Buca di Bacco

The unmistakable flavors of Positano's legendary tavern; a favorite eatery since the 1950's.

+39 089 875699

Al Convento

An ancient convent in Cetrara provides the unqiue venue for a fabulous fish feast!

+39 089 261039

Bagni Tiberio

The flavors of the Mediterranean in a one of Capri's historic seaside restaurants.

Le Sirene

Tempting maritime treats served on the beach of Marina del Cantone.

+39 081 8081771

A Paranza

An authentic taste of the sea, courtesy of a historic family of fishermen.

+39 089 871840

Don Alfonso 1890

Master Chef Alfonso Iaccarinos delicious tribute to Mediterranean cuisine.

+39 081 8780026


An exclusive location and a 2 Michelin Stars restaurant in which to savor Pino Lavarra's cuisine.

+39 089 818181

Osteria Bacco

Age old recipes prepared with the ingredients grown in the hills above Furore.

+39 089 830360

Savino Restaurant

Home-made pasta, fresh fish, and the traditional cuisine of the Amalfi Coast.

+39 089 875400

Chez Black

+39 089 875 036

Torre Normanna

A unqiue eatery, right at the top of an ancient watch tower, directly above the sea.

+39 089 877100

Un Piano nel Cielo

Minimalist. Gourmet. An Amalfi Coast you weren't expecting, an eating experience you'll never forget.

+39 089 8131333

Pappa Carbone

Tradition and modernity expressed with fresh ingredients of the highest quality.

+39 089 466441

Lo Stuzzichino

The unforgettable cuisine of the 'Land of Sirens', at an irresistible price.

+39 081 5330010

Relais Blu

A terrace overlooking the Bay of Naples, where to enjoy Christoph Bob's exciting contemporary cuisine.

+39 081 878 9552

Da Nonna Luisa

Local products selected personally by us between Sorrento and Positano.


Close to the harbour, a lively trattoria in which to savor the flavors of the Amalfi Coast.

+39 089 261606

Santa Caterina

Gastronomic traditions and culinary creativity on the Amalfi Coast.

+39 089 871012

Il Ritrovo

A small town above Positano, setting for a restaurant famous for its authentic Mediterranean cuisine.

+39 089 875453

Il Giardiniello

An historic eatery in which to savor the Amalfi Coast's finest home cooking.

+39 089 877050

Quattro Passi

A dream setting for a Michelin Star restaurant and an eating experience to remember.

+39 081 8082800


+39 089 872712

La Tagliata

+39 089 875 872