From the moment we pulled into the port in Positano and I spotted a boat with a little red sign, I knew I was going to love Da Adolfo.
You see, the only way to reach Da Adolfo, which is nestled on a private beach, is by boat.
The view of Positano as you pull away is gorgeous, and it is easy to become lost in the scenery in the 5 minute ride.
Almost too soon, you pull up to simple dock and pebbly beach.
Da Adolfo is part beach club, and part restaurant.
Most people go for the food, but by our second trip, we had learned better and also booked our lettini (beach chairs) ahead of time.
At just €8 for the day, Da Adolfo has some of the most affordable beachside loungers in Positano. Add a €5 umbrella, dump your towel to mark your spot, and wade into the clear cool sea.
But really? Obviously, you go for the food.
On our first visit I spotted a plate that read “Da Natalie” instead of “Da Adolfo.”
I nearly lost my mind.
“Ma, perchè??” I kept asking the waiters, who had NO IDEA why there was a plate named after Natalie, but dutifully pulled it from the pile for me.
We started, as you should, will mozzarella grilled on lemon leaves.
“Can I eat the leaf?” I asked the waiter.
“You can try!” he laughed.
So, no. Don’t try to eat the leaves, but do order the dish because the melted cheese is imparted with a slightly citrusy flavor that I can’t stop thinking about.
What to order next?
The daily menu, written on a chalkboard, is fish heavy. The beachside setting is perfect for seafood, and if you are in the mood, don’t pass up a full fish grilled fresh to order.
Having indulged a bit in a seafood dinner, we honed in on the pasta.
Jimmy went with the classic vongole (clams) and liked it so much that he only allowed me one tiny bite. Al dente and the right amount of sauce, he declared.
I was too intrigued to pass up the house special – a kind of pesto made with almonds, friggitelli (mild green peppers), and cheese.
Smoky, salty, perfection.
And to drink? Well, white wine with peaches, naturally.
They humored our three-hour lunch session in which we ordered a second pitcher to toast our incredible luck at having found such a perfect Amalfi Coast restaurant.
However, when I tried to insist that I wanted to buy the “Da Natalie” plate, I think they thought it was the white wine and peaches talking.
But I really wanted that plate…
Jimmy and I loved Da Adolfo so much that we went back to celebrate our anniversary. Knowing that Da Adolfo is just one train, one ferry ride, and a little red fish topped boat away is going to get dangerous.
Go. Go and toast your good fortune.
Via Laurito, 40,
Reservations required: +39 089 875022
Lunch from 1 pm on.