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A mix of traditional Italian flavors and fresh seafood will make dining in Positano one of the highlights of your visit. Beyond the simple, local favorites, Positano also has a number of award-winning restaurants, which made it difficult for our Forbes Travel Guide editors to name just five as the best places to eat in the city – but here they are. Wherever you go, remember that dinner rarely starts before 9 p.m.
1. La Sponda at Le Sirenuse. The incredible views of the water at this fine-dining restaurant are a perfect backdrop to the award-winning cuisine. Inspired by southern Italy’s traditional foods, chef Matteo Temperini prepares meals with the freshest fish, cheese, lemons and herbs. We find the front of the house, where 400 candles light up the restaurant in the evening, particularly enchanting.
2. La Tagliata. With its orange-accented décor, this family-run restaurant fits right in with the surrounding citrus groves. A matching orange shuttle offers round-trip service up the mountainside, where you’ll dine on a terrace with amazing views of the Galli Isles and Capri. You can’t go wrong with the chili-pepper spaghetti or homemade sausage, nor can you beat its hilltop location.
3. Il Grottino Azzurro. A local’s favorite serving inexpensive cuisine, Il Grottino Azzurro is a wonderful place to enjoy a casual meal away from other tourists. While the older couple that runs the place spouts rapid-fire Italian, you’ll slurp up housemade pasta and enjoy dishes so good they can only have been perfected over multiple generations.
4. Next2. This boisterous restaurant is popular among locals and tourists alike – the elegant white dining room and vine-lined courtyard are always hopping. Try the Italian sushi, made with freshly caught fish, and after dinner head to the bar for a nightcap and to join the buzzing crowd.
5. Ristorante al Palazzo. Follow the row of candles past the colorful gardens until you come upon an enchanting dome — you’ve arrived at Ristorante al Palazzo’s torch-lit courtyard. Part of Hotel Palazzo Murat, this small restaurant uses herbs and spices from the gardens to create modern twists on timeless Amalfi cuisine.