Last week we shared some of the best hotels for plotting a romantic escape to Italy. This week, we're focused on where to feed your love. In other words, these are the best spots to binge on fresh pastas, fish straight from the sea, and just about every other delicious delicacy that brings us back to Italy year after year. Bring the kids, book a sitter, do whatever it takes to live la dolce vita to the hilt (and worry about the diet later).
If you're staying in Positano
Why walk to lunch when you can take a boat? If you've chartered your own captain and crew for the day, our top pick is Conca del Sogno, while Da Adolfo offers a complimentary water transport from Positano Beach. Those can both get busy (ahem, planning ahead is important), but there's also Il Pirata as a solid back-up plan.
For dinner, save one dinner for Buca di Bacco and another for Max. If you want a big night out to celebrate something special, the Micheline-starred La Sponda ranks as one of the most romantic restaurants in the world in our book. Franco's for pre- or post-dinner drinks is a must.
Pro tip: try not to look at the pricing in Positano. It's expensive. Order what you want and enjoy it.
If you're staying in Ravello
As the crow flies, Ravello sits a short distance from Positano. But with summer traffic and the tiny, twisty roads of the Amalfi Coast, the two remain worlds apart. We like to combine a trip to this region with a stay in both, which means you'll need a whole new set of restaurants when you check into Palazzo Avino.
For lunch, Avino's own beach club is fantastic, as is the beach club at Hotel Santa Caterina. Giardino Calce has a great terrace for casual pizzas as well. In the evening, favorites include Eolo and Da Gemma in Amalfi (be sure to reserve an outside table) or Scala's Trattoria de Lorenzo, which serves up a serious seafood feast. Closer to home (and great with the kids) is the informal trattoria, Cumpa Cosimo.