Positano, where it is said the Greek Gods used to holiday, has long been revered for its delectable cuisine by food-lovers from all over the world. This seaside village, clinging to the Lattari mountains, may be one of the most elevated towns in the world, but that did not stop local farmers from chiselling lemon terraces, veggie patches and vineyards into the mountainsides, resulting in some of Italy’s most amazing local produce and dishes.
We’ve put together a list of our favourite Positano food experiences that this picturesque coastal town is renowned for, so once you’ve enjoyed some sea and sun, you can concentrate on the most important part: eating your way through Positano. Make sure you don’t miss a thing. Buon Appetito!
# 1 Lemon Everything!
In summer Positano is a perfumed delight. Everywhere you look Jasmine creeps up awnings and fragrant roses grace sun-dappled balconies. But it is the heady scent of citrus that really stands out. Lemon trees are everywhere. They are grown on the steep terraces on the coast, along the roadside, in gardens and potted on balconies. The snaking roads of the Almalfi coast are dotted with fruit stalls proudly displaying these gorgeous knobbly lemons. Amalfitans are very proud of their farming heritage and citricultural methods have been the same forever. Organic farming is a way of life and they continue to snub the use of fertilisers and insecticides whilst considering the idea of waxing as repugnant. The Amalfi lemon has been designated I.G.P. (Indicazione Geografica Protteta) status, which means that its qualities and reputation are derived from growing in this area and according to these particular farming methods.
The fragrant lemons that grow in this area are of the oldest cultivars and have a thick bitter pith, few seeds and produce at least 25% of its volume in juice making chefs go mad for the stuff. It plays a starring role in many a local dish, and you should not miss a thing – from thirst-quenching aqua de limone to mozzarella baked in hollowed out lemon halves (or on the leaves from the lemon tree), lemon marinated anchovies, spaghetti al limone and ravioli de ricotta with grated lemon peel and mozzarella – you have to dig in and try it all. There is also the famous delizia al limone (sample one at La Zagara) – a simple little half-moon-shaped sponge cake soaked in lemon syrup and covered with lemon cream. Oh, and the most favoured product of all this lemon deliciousness is the famous Limoncello, a refreshing lemon liqueur which is usually served ice cold after a meal, the perfect ending to a lovely summer meal.