TRAVEL: Positano | Da Adolfo

adolfo_01With coastal beauty comes coastal climate; though a breath taking painting at every turn, when it rains it pours.  Initially our trip to Positano was planned to be 2 nights and 2 days culminating with a full day lounging and eating at the beach.  However plans quickly changed when our beach day was rained out by, what I liked to call, a torrential down pour.

adolfo_02[breakfast view from our hotel]

We opted not to beach at the main shoreline of Positano, and instead saved our sun day for Laurito Beach;  a more private, almost hidden cove, that came with a meal of a lifetime!  When I read about the beaching + dining experience at Da Adolfo [a family run business since 1966] on Conde Naste Traveller, I knew I had to book a reservation.  As sun loungers and restaurant spots were limited, during high season, reservations were advised to be made weeks in advanced.  Though we didn’t travel during prime time, I didn’t want to risk it and reserved with ample time before our arrival….then came the torrential down pour.  With non stop all day rain, sadly, our reso was a no go.

The next day, all packed and ready to head to Capri, we woke up to a beautiful morning and what appeared to be a promising day of good weather.  Over breakfast, while surrounded by the apologetic glow of the morning sun, Mike and I decided to test our luck and re book at Da Adolfo.  With a little help from our concierge, we scored  2 sun loungers and a lunch reservation at 1pm!

adolfo_03adolfo_04Though this extra day in Positano meant cutting our Capri trip short, we were still extremely excited to get a make-up beach day.  After breakfast, we made our way down to the pier for our 10am pick up.  Note: All reservations at Da Adolfo come with a complimentary boat shuttle to and from Laurito beach; less than a 10 minute boat ride away.

adolfo_05adolfo_06adolfo_09adolfo_10adolfo_11adolfo_12We swam, sipped Neapolitan sangria, lounged, and relaxed.  Though already living up to all my beach day expectations, little did I know that come 1pm, expectations would soon be surpassed.

adolfo_food_01As we excitedly took our table for the first lunch seating of the day, we were presented with seafood options that all sounded equally amazing [my only regret from this meal, was not ordering 1 of everything].  The dishes weren’t fussy.  They were simple, made with fresh + locally sourced ingredients, and well prepared.

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adolfo_food_03adolfo_food_05We decided on the grilled mozzarella on lemon leaves [droll…delicious], the most amazing fresh salty lemony anchovies, a mozzarella cheese and tomato salad, grilled octopus, grilled prawns [so fresh and so crisp that I ate the entire thing; shell included!], and a pesto pasta.

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adolfo_16adolfo_15img_3114With full bellies we lounged for another hour or so before catching the first boat back to the pier.  On solid ground, we sat watching the sun start its decent and took in our last moments of Positano as we waited for our ferry to Capri.

When I dreamed of the food that I would be eating on this trip, this meal was it!  Our meal at Da Adolfo is likely going down as one of the best dining experiences I have ever had.  Highly recommended to everyone and anyone headed to the Amalfi Coast!!!

 

madelaine

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