In my element in the heart of Amalfi, I recently spent the Summer travelling along the magnificent Coast, naturally exploring the best restaurants in each area.
Overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea, every single viewpoint will leave you in awe of one of the most the beautiful places in the world.
Starting with my favourite place (not just in Italy – worldwide!) I’m delighted to share my dining experiences up in the mountains of Ravello – where there’s a whole lot of limoncello!
1. Mimi’s – After a little research on the best place for pizza in the Amalfi Coast, the top reviews led me to this amazing Italian restaurant near the gorgeous renowned wedding setting of Villa Cimbrone. I went for one of the Mimi Classics as you can see from the image above; the toppings on my pizza consisted of Tomatoes, cheese, olives and garlic – a very tasty and very Italian option. I find with fresh Italian pizza, the more basic the toppings, the better.
I was also interested to hear the restaurant uses the freshest ingredients which are crafted from seasonal local fare.
All washed down with a carafe of the local chilled white wine for two 👌
And in the sweltering heat mid–July, an outside restaurant with shade is the way forward...
2. Villa Ruffalo Restaurant – This restaurant next to the ‘jewel in the crown of Ravello’ offered yet another breathtaking view which brings out the excitement of the decent quality of food.
As I sat back and thoroughly enjoyed the setting from my view in the image below, I sampled a fresh prawn salad for starter and tucked into a Sea Bream for my main course; this was complimented perfectly by the stunning view overlooking the Mediterranean from the very top of the mountain.
I loved this place so much we even came back for lunch at the snack bar.
3. Cumpa Cosimo – My personal favourite from the entire trip; VERY Italian and VERY unpretentious; a majority of the restaurants in Ravello tend to be extremely expensive – the actual square of Ravello is one of the most expensive places in the Amalfi Coast.
I was therefore ecstatic to discover a local (and affordable) restaurant serving pasta at its best. There was no hanging about as I soon ordered the fettuccine mushroom pasta dish which went extremely well with the local Ravello vino.
I couldn’t recommend this place more highly and will definitely make sure to visit on my return to Ravello.
4. Vittoria – Situated just around the corner from Ravello square, my partner and I shared a great bottle of the local red wine.
This complimented the red meat we were soon to order very well, as we wolfed down a cannelloni stuffed with beef pasta dish – simply delicious!
5. Caffe Calce – The best cafe in Ravello!!
As an indication of richness in the area, we came across a little celebrity spotting with Millie Mackintosh and Pro Green the next morning…
No biggy! #celebspotter
6. Villa Maria – Another outdoor restaurant with a breathtaking sea view.
I found this moment a perfect opportunity to sample a trio of Panna Cotta – a shout-out for their dessert for that afternoon ‘pick me up’ after a long morning walking up the many steps around Ravello in the sweltering heat (although worth it for the views!)
7. Rossellinis – Next door to the fabulous Hotel Belmond Caruso lies yet another sea view over the Meditteranean.
Love a #pinacolada… *NOTE: Watch out for the prices – there is a martini for 400 euros on there. Although this is a very formal venue which I wouldn’t normally go for, the views are again jaw dropping and in the evening there’s live music to add to the holiday vibes – fantastic service also which always helps.
8. Lo Smeraldino – Once making our way down from Ravello to Amalfi, we decided to quench our thirst and sample another pizza at the below restaurant; a perfect spot for a cool down mid afternoon.
Again, a perfect and casual place for eating seafood and most importantly, AMALFI PIZZA.
9. Al Monazeno – Furore Beach is the most stunning hidden beach along the Amalfi Coast.
As predicted for my next meal, it was hard not to enjoy a seafood linguine with this view.
The mussels were seasoned well and although not my top dish of the trip, this spot was my most favourite view across the whole of the Amalfi Coast to enjoy a glass of vino in the sun, twist up the spaghetti and relax.
*TRANSPORT TIP: If travelling on the Sita Bus from Amalfi make sure to get on the right bus for the love of God! Otherwise it’s a long way down…