10 Things to eat in Amalfi and where

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The cuisine of Amalfi and the Amalfi Coast are inextricably linked to the territory and these areas are extraordinary not only from a landscape point of view but also from a food and wine point of view.
Those who spend a few days in this area cannot fail to sit at the table to discover the typical dishes with unique and unmistakable flavors.
Here, among appetizers, first courses, second courses and desserts what to eat in Amalfi!


  1. Ndunderi
  2. Anchovies
  3. Marinated soup
  4. Scialatielli mussels and clams
  5. Amalfi pastarelle
  6. Eggplant with chocolate
  7. Crazy water pezzogna
  8. Squid alla praianese
  9. Lemon spaghetti
  10. Limoncello
  11. Where to eat in Amalfi: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Ndunderi

This typical dish of the Amalfi coast is considered by Unesco one of the oldest types of pasta in the world.
Known in Roman times, they are special gnocchi made with flour (at the time spelled was used), fresh ricotta (once rennet was used), eggs that are seasoned with fresh tomato sauce.
The processing takes place strictly by hand and is handed down from generation to generation.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 8,00
  • Main ingredients: ricotta, flour, eggs, pecorino cheese, tomato sauce for seasoning

2 - Anchovies

The Anchovies of Cetara, the small fishing village on the Amalfi Coast are famous throughout the area and you cannot come to Amalfi without tasting them.
Strictly fish in spring, the anchovies are cleaned, washed and salted; the liquid that is obtained gives rise to the well-known colatura, exquisite for dressing first courses.
But you will also find this fish breaded to be enjoyed as an appetizer, marinated or in oil. To you the choice!

  • Recommended to:always
  • Average cost: € 6,00 per pound
  • Main ingredients: anchovies

3 - Marinated soup

A winter soup typical of Amalfi is the marinated soup also known as "pignato grosso" which was once eaten at Christmas and Easter while today it is often consumed during the cold season.

The origins date back to the Spanish domination of the fourteenth century when the recipe was imported to Campania.
The dish is based on vegetables (broccoli, chicory, cabbage) boil in chicken broth with onion and pezzenta, a local sausage made from pork rinds and offal.
Before serving, the soup should be sprinkled with seasoned horse cheese and Parmesan cheese.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 10,00
  • Main ingredients: broccoli, chicory, cabbage, onion, chicken broth, pork rinds, pork offal, horse cheese and parmesan

4 - Scialatielli mussels and clams

The scialatielli are there typical fresh pasta from Campania born in Amalfi in 1978 by the hand of Chef Enrico Cosentino.
Based on water and flour, they are shorter strips than spaghetti but wider and more rectangular and their porosity absorbs many sauces well.
In Amalfi it is the version with mussels, clams and cherry tomatoes is famous.
The name comes from two Neapolitan words "scialare" which means to enjoy and "tiella" which means pan, properly a pleasure in the pot!

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 14,00
  • Main ingredients: scialatielli (water and flour based), mussels, clams, oil and tomato

5 - Amalfi pastarelle

A simple but delicious dessert typical of Amalfi are pastarelle or bacetti, dei biscuits filled with coastal lemon cream.
The base is obtained from a mixture of flour, potato starch, hazelnuts, sugar, butter, yeast and eggs while the cream is made with lemon zest, limoncello, milk and white chocolate.
The flavor is delicate but tasty and you will want to eat one after the other.

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: € 6,00 per hectogram
  • Main ingredients: flour, hazelnuts, butter, yeast, eggs, limoncello, milk, lemon, white chocolate

6 - Eggplant with chocolate

In Amalfi they are called mulugnane c'a ciucculata and are a typical specialty of the mid-August of Maiori, a coastal village, where they are prepared on the occasion of the town's patronal feast.
It is one sweet flan made with fried eggplant, breaded and then dipped in chocolate.
Before serving, they are sprinkled with almonds, amaretti and chopped dark chocolate.

  • Recommended to: snack, dessert
  • Average cost: € 3,00
  • Main ingredients: aubergines, oil for frying, breading, dark chocolate, almonds, amaretti

7 - Crazy water pezzogna

Pezzogna is a typical fish which lives in the Tyrrhenian seabed in the areas around the Amalfi coast and is a very valuable and tasty species because it feeds on shrimp and shellfish.
Who you cook with crazy water inside a pan with cherry tomatoes, garlic and parsley, blended with white wine and left to cook with the sauce that is formed.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 16,00
  • Main ingredients: pezzogna, oil, garlic, tomato, white wine

8 - Praiano-style squid

Praiano is one of the coastal villages nestled between Amalfi and Positano that has a lot to offer not only from a landscape point of view but also from a gastronomic point of view.
This dish is much loved and known, cheap and tasty, and was once consumed mainly by fishermen.
The squid they must be fresh, well washed, clean and cut into 2 cm slices, they are cooked in a pan with the potatoes cut into chunks. Everything is flavored with oil, garlic and cooked for twenty minutes over medium heat.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 14,00
  • Main ingredients: squid, potatoes, oil, garlic

9 - Spaghetti with lemon

Spaghetti dressed with lemon, preferably the "Amalfi Coast PGI", come from an ancient recipe that was prepared in families especially in summer.

The paste it must be that coming from Gragnano and should be seasoned with fresh lemon juice which must be heated in a pan with garlic and oil.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 8,00
  • Main ingredients: lemon, garlic, oil, Gragnano pasta

10 - Limoncello

Among the typical delicacies of Amalfi there is limoncello, the digestive liqueur made with lemon zest whose alcohol content ranges between 20% and 32% vol.

The sweet taste and the yellow color are obtained by letting the lemon peel mixed with water and sugar macerate in pure alcohol.

Before being tasted, however, it must remain in the bottle for at least 1 month.
It seems that it was invented in the early 900s in the Canale family but only in 1988 was the "limoncello" brand officially registered.

  • Recommended to: always
  • Average cost: € 14,00 the bottle
  • Main ingredients: Amalfi lemon, sugar, water, alcohol

Where to eat in Amalfi: best restaurants, typical bars and street food

Amalfi is a very touristic place and you can also notice it by the number of restaurants, taverns, trattorias and friterie that every day attract hundreds of visitors.
However, not all of them are at the same level, in some cases the holiday catcher traps are around the corner, so the best way to avoid being scammed is to ask the locals who will surely be able to show you the most suitable places to taste the typical cuisine of the area. .
Here are 6 places to eat in Amalfi, which will not disappoint you!

1 - Gold fish

  • Description: in a hilly area overlooking the gulf of Amalfi, this restaurant offers an excellent fish menu
  • specialty: fried fish, pezzogna with crazy water
  • Average price: from € 30,00 per person
  • Address: via Giovanni Augustariccio, 56, Tel 089 831231 - Get directions

2 - From Gemma

  • Description: in the center of Amalfi, with a beautiful outdoor terrace, this restaurant is ideal if you want to taste the typical cuisine of the Coast
  • specialty: fish soup, shrimp and lemon risotto, scialatielli mussels and clams
  • Average price: from € 35,00 per person
  • Address: via Fra Gerardo Sasso, 11, Tel 089 871345 - Get directions

3 - Trattoria dei Cartari

  • Description: in a splendid position, this place loved by the locals offers home cooking and family
  • specialty: scialatielli, paccheri with monkfish, furorese style anchovies, chocolate aubergines
  • Average price: from € 35,00 per person
  • Address: piazza della Spirito Santo, 5, Tel 089 872131 - Get directions

4 - Leone Pastry Bar

  • Description: ideal for a coffee break, a snack or a sin of gluttony, this pastry shop hidden in the streets of the center is a guarantee
  • specialty: caprese cake, Amalfi pastries
  • Average price: from € 2,00 per person
  • Address: via Lorenzo D'Amalfi, 47, Tel 089 871127 - Get directions

5 - Lido degli Artisti restaurant

  • Description: a place on the sea that can be reached by boat or by descending 500 steps, perfect for a special lunch or dinner
  • specialty: fried fish, spaghetti with lemon, octopus salad
  • Average price: from € 30,00 per person
  • Address: Duoglio beach Embarkation Molo Darsena Amalfi Centro, Tel 331 996 5635 - Get directions

6 - Cuoppo d'Amalfi

  • Description: in the heart of Amalfi this small welcoming place offers vegetable and sea products that are fried on the spot
  • specialty: fried fish and vegetables
  • Average price: from € 5,00 per person
  • Address: via Supportico Dei Ferrari 12, Tel 334 626 1440 - Get directions

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