Budget restaurants on the Amalfi Coast

Eat well on the Amalfi Coast without spending too much

Budget restaurants on the Amalfi Coast
Budget restaurants on the Amalfi Coast
Budget restaurants on the Amalfi Coast
Budget restaurants on the Amalfi Coast
Budget restaurants on the Amalfi Coast

Dining on a budget on the Amalfi Coast

Where can I eat out on the Amalfi Coast without spending a fortune? Here are our picks for enjoying a lunch or dinner out on a budget, but with quality food and authentic dishes. We live on this stretch of coast, so know the best low-cost options: trattorias, pizzerias, bars, take-away delis, and snack bars of the beach...but no tourist trap restaurants with fixed menus!

Inexpensive places to eat in Positano

If you're visiting Positano and suddenly get hungry, it's good to know where to eat without spending too much. You'll be surprised to find there are a number of budget options with delicious dishes made from quality local ingredients found along the coast. You can dine in one of the most beautiful (and notoriously expensive) places in the world without spending a fortune. That said, you need to know where to look to find these budget gems, so here are our tips for eating well while spending less in Positano!

Beach bars: Bagni da Ferdinando

This family-run beach bar is located in Fornillo, one of the beaches in Positano that's set a bit outside the center of town. Here, you can relax under an umbrella and enjoy one of the classic dishes from the Amalfi Coast at a reasonable price. They offer interesting salads, delicious cold and hot appetizers, and first and second courses with fish, meat, or vegetables.

We suggest the lemon ravioli with ricotta and lobster, but the baked and grilled fish is also excellent.

This is one of the most inexpensive restaurants in Positano that combines quality and authenticity, and you can also order their pizza and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere far from the crowds in the center of town.

The best budget restaurant in Positano: La Tagliata

If you'd like to sample something other than fish and seafood, where can you order meat dishes in Positano without busting your budget? Tickle your taste buds at La Tagliata in Montepertuso​,​ set in the hills at the top of town. There are dishes to suit every budget and the quality is guaranteed no matter what you order. Everything is made in the kitchen with local ingredients, and there are farm animals and a vegetable garden just steps from the dining room. Be sure to take in the views over the Bay of Naples from the dining room, and see if you can spot the Faraglioni off the coast of Capri.
The menu includes a number of starters featuring vegetables, legumes, and cheeses. Pasta is made fresh each day. The restaurant is also famous for its excellent meat dishes, from the classic Fiorentina steak to a mixed grilled meat platter that's so good you'll want to come back for more. The portions are all very generous.

Lunch on the go: Latteria

This eatery on Via Pasitea is a great spot to sample traditional food from the coast, where you can eat well on a budget in Positano. They prepare everything from pasta dishes to meat and fish, as well as desserts and sandwiches. The dining room is tiny and spartan, but there are a few tables outside under the shade trees, and the ingredients are all excellent. If you're not sure where to stop for a bite, this local gem will win you over.
We recommend the eggplant parmesan, meatballs, and lasagna. Don't miss the crema di caffè dessert.

Tradition and innovation: Casa e Bottega

This simple and elegant spot, with white shabby-chic décor, is located just outside the center of Positano on Via Pasitea. It's conveniently located near parking garages and is an ideal choice for sampling traditional specialties with an innovative twist, often inspired by American cuisine.
We recommend: chickpea soup with spelt and cabbage; fried egg with burrata cheese and vegetables; involtini with goat cheese; and chicken tenders.

Casa e Bottega offers gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan options made with fresh ingredients.

This restaurant also serves a late breakfast, including excellent pancakes. Everything is presented very creatively on locally handmade ceramic dishes.

Amalfi: where to dine on a budget

If you're staying in Amalfi for your holiday or visiting for the day, here is where you can eat well inexpensively.

Restaurant and pizzeria: Da Maria

This is one of the most beloved pizzerias in Amalfi, located just a few steps from the Duomo. Here you can try traditional classics prepared with simplicity and passion. The restaurant has been run by the Pisacane family since 1968, and is a favorite with visitors and locals for its fresh fish and fantastic pizza.
We recommend the spaghetti with clams and anchovies.

Fresh fried fish and seafood: Cuoppo d’Amalfi

If you want an unforgettable snack in Amalfi without breaking the bank, stop at Cuoppo, a tiny spot located in a historic church tucked in the town's tiny backstreets. Open 24 hours a day, this street food mecca serves paper cones of fried fish and seafood that is always fresh. There are places to sit and eat outside, but there's always a crowd so it's best to place your order to go and enjoy munching on the crispy battered fish and seafood while walking through town.
There are a number of options, from calamari and shrimp, mixed fish and seafood, and even vegetables.
Prices: ​from €5 to €12

Sweets: Pasticceria Da Leone

Need to satisfy your sweet tooth in Amalfi? Stop in at Pasticceria Da Leone​ in the center of town. This small bakery and pastry shop would be easy to miss if not for the beautiful cakes in the window and the enticing aroma of coffee.
We recommend the torta caprese, assorted pastries, and granita.

Where to eat for less in Ravello

The last stop on our budget restaurant overview of the Amalfi Coast is Ravello, set on the clifftop above the coast and famous for its villas, gardens, and scenic overlooks. This picturesque spot is famous for its music festival and is also home to Villa Cimbrone and Villa Rufolo, where the world-class Ravello Festival is held each year. If you're visiting this tiny gem on the Amalfi Coast, where can you eat on a budget?

If you're pressed for time and want a cheap meal in Ravello, you can always opt for a sandwich.

Sandwich shop and café: Il Panino

Want a quick and delicious sandwich in Ravello? Stop at Il Panino, the sandwich shop in Piazza Duomo just steps from Villa Rufolo. If you're not in too much of a rush, sit down to enjoy the beauty of the town's architecture and watch the streams of visitors stroll by. The sandwiches are excellent, made with fresh ingredients and warm bread. There is no cover charge for table seating.
We suggest you try the sandwich with pancetta and provola or the one with eggplant and mushrooms.

Pasta and charcuterie: Babel Wine Bar Deli & Art

To eat well in Ravello without spending too much, head to Babel Wine Bar. This little place is located a few steps from the main square of Ravello, in a very quiet location. It offers simple dishes such as pasta and taglieri (charcuterie boards) with cheeses and cured meats, and the dining room is decorated with traditional ceramics from Vietri sul Mare.

We recommend

Try the bruschette with goat cheese and caramelized onions.

Now you know where to dine on a budget on Italy's Amalfi Coast, with our guide to inexpensive restaurants and affordable eats!