The 10 Best Caffes in Naples – Italian Coffee

The GRANDE CAFFE GAMBRIBUS
 
NAPOLI
 
 
 

You have to try hard not to drink good coffee in Naples.  Every neighborhood bar is a window into the vivacity of that sliver of Neapolitan territory.  The first thing I do every morning after rolling out of bed and making myself look generally presentable (locals might argue that lululemon pants and crocs do not qualify as presentable Napoli- and who am I to quibble) is head to the bar across the street from my house.  I go for the company. The invasive inquiries into my personal life. The exchange of hyper local recipes and even more hyper local gossip.  This is the bar where I start my day.  Twelve hours later, I will also end my day here with a spritz or a gingerino and a complex discussion of what was for lunch and what will be for dinner and how I will spend my Easter and whether I will make or buy my pastiera. It may only be February, and yet this is the idle chatter heard in Neapolitan bars everyday across the city.  To know Napoli is to know her bars.  Below are the most iconic. 

 

1. BAR MEXICO, PIAZZA GARIBALDI

Today Bar Mexico is a franchise and the Passalacqua coffee it serves is available in markets all over the South of Italy.  The original Bar Mexico in Piazza Garibaldi feels straight out of the 1960s.  The harsh artificial lighting, bright orange décor and barista uniforms transport you to booming post WWII Naples.  Coffee is richly thick and served sugared and in a hot cup or tazza calda, the way most Neapolitans prefer.  Most locals will also tell you this Bar Mexico is home to the best espresso in all of Napoli.  The baristas are also among the town’s most talented. 

 

2. GRAN CAFFÈ GAMBRINUS

No trip to Napoli is complete without a visit to the Belle Èpoque Gambrinus.  You can order your coffee on the go while standing up at the bar. However, I highly suggest indulging in the luxurious seated ritual of sipping afternoon coffee and nibbling on a sweet when visiting Gambrinus.  Inside, Gambrinus is drenched in old world tapestried luxury. Outside, on the terrace, you can appreciate views of the Teatro San Carlo.  Gambrinus is also a traditional watering hole for the opera loving crowds who flock here before heading to the famed theater across the street.  Gambrinus is certainly not where I drink my daily coffee, and nor should it be.  This is a place to be savored on special occasions, preferably before heading to the opera. 

 

3. IL VERO BAR DEL PROFESSORE

Down the street from Gambrinus, you will find the slightly more rustic, but charming Vero Bar del Professore.  Order the caffè alla nocciola (hazelnut coffee), a perfect shot of whipped cream and hazelnut coffee that is possibly one of the finest afternoon treats I have sampled in Naples, or anywhere for that matter.  The congenial baristas will happily explain the history of Naples, coffee and their lives to you if you don’t watch out. 

4. SPAZIO NEA

This is not a typical Neapolitan bar, yet in recent years it has grown on me.  It offers a tranquil respite in the busy centro storico on the steps of Piazza Bellini- which after sunset becomes a blunt-smoking circus.  Nea is calm, plush and has wifi.  Better yet, they, unlike most bars in Naples, permit you to work on your laptop here.  It is still uncommon to work in coffee bars in Naples.  Nea, is of the younger spirit and will happily allow you to pass the day working and sipping away. 

5. GRAN CAFFÈ CIMMINO

The paneled wood interior and busy morning crowds make Gran Caffè Cimmino an indispensible Neapolitan institution.  Come here at the height of morning rush hour, around 8, order a caffè and cornetto (croissant) and just watch.  Also note that in Naples we don’t eat our brioche and drink our coffee at the same time.  First eat your cornetto. Then drink your caffè. To decipher Neapolitan morning rituals, come to Cimmino.

 

6. GRAN CAFFÈ LA CAFFETTIERA

This is my ladies meet-up spot.  On Piazza dei Martiri in the heart of classy Chiaia is this lovely old world jewel.  Take a seat on the outdoor terrace in the spring, order an espresso and brioche and watch the elegant ladies of Chiaia and their pampered pups stroll down the grand boulevards of Naples. 

 

7. CAFFÈ CIORFITO

Explore the central artery of Spaccanapoli and stop at this beloved bar for a piccola pausa caffè.  This is one of those bars you don’t appreciate until you leave and live outside of Naples.  I used to enjoy an espresso here nearly every morning and never really fully grasped how richly sublime it was until I was stuck drinking burnt Tuscan coffee for two months.  The espresso here is so thick you can nearly stick a demi-spoon straight up in it.  Perfection.

 

8. CAFE DO BRASIL

This is the best coffee in the Vomero.  Strictly a stand up, drink and get on your way cafe, this is a spot for serious coffee lovers on the move.  If you are seeking seated respite, head up to Piazza Vanvitelli.

 

9. GRAN CAFFÈ NEAPOLIS

I finally began to ‘get’ Naples after a post-lunch visit to this café on Piazza San Domenico Maggiore.  The hyper-kinetic movement, the shouting, the bits of cookie crumbs furtively clinging to office workers’ shirts, this is the nucleus (or the under belly) of Napule.  I do not suggest sitting down here.  To fully experience the Naples pausa caffè (coffee break), one mustcome here, order espresso in a tazza calda, stand up and drink. Don’t burn your lips on the hot cup!

 

10. BAR AUGUSTUS

Stendhal called Via Toledo “the most crowded and the gayest street in the universe.”  I think he would have enjoyed this bar in the middle of the crowded avenue.  Via Toledo is a central shopping hub in Naples, and Bar August is an excellent spot to stop after a long day of shopping and gallivanting.  It is more than simply a bar.  It is a pasticceria and tavola calda, offering snacks, both sweet and savory throughout the day.  Also a prime spot for an afternoon tipple and nibble. 

 

 

BAR MEXICO

“The best coffee in Italy”!
With these words, Mario Soldati,
writer and director, defined a coffee
drunk at the counter
of the Bar Mexico in Naples.
He had just drunk Passalacqua Caffè
 
 
 
 
 
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PANSA is EASILY OUR FAVORITE CAFFE
 
AMALFI
 
 
 
WE LOVE GAMBARDELLA TOO
 
 
PASTICCERRIA CAFFEE
 
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Italian Pasta Recipes


POTATO GNOCCHI ISCHIANA

ISCHIA
ITALY

GIGGINA Makes GNOCCHI 
con DOMINICA RAGU

GIGGINA Makes The MEATBALLS




INVOLTINI di VITELLO

For The RAGU

SUNDAY SAUCE

SUNDAY RAGU
GEGIA Makes GNOCCHI in ISCHIA

NONNA GEGIA

ISCHIA

ITALY




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Eating Taglierini in Liguria


Cecci makes Taglierini Ortiche (Nettles Pasta)

With PORCINI MUSHROOM RAGU






Cecci collects Nettles (Ortiche)

To make her Homemade Taglierini Pasta

Mixing Flour, Eggs, and Nettles

Yo Make The PASTA







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And SECRET RECIPES

The BEST of ITALY

PIZZA PASTA & VESPAS




Pugliese Sagne Maccheroni with Meatballs




LUCIA and CATERINA

PASTA with MEATBALLS







RECIPES

FROM MY SICILIAN NONNA
Caterina and Lucia

PASTA with MEATBALLS









PASTA LENTICCHIE
Pasta with Lentils

PASTA LENTICCHIE






PASTA LENTICCHIE

    Pasta with Lentils



Pasta Lenticchie is a standby
of many Italian American families, just as it’s sister soup, Zuppa di Lenticchie
(Lentil Soup). As is with many of the older Italian-American recipes that are
primarily from the south, including from; Sicily, Campania (around Naples),
Apulia, and Calabria, this is a dish of the poor (Cucina Povera), as all the
ingredients, other than the cheese are quite cheap. And for those families who
couldn’t afford cheese, they simply didn’t use it. They might use toasted
breadcrumbs instead, from some leftover bread. Nowadays just about anyone can
afford cheese, so we highly recommend you dressing your pasta with a drizzle of
Olive Oil and some grated Pecorino or Caciocavallo Cheese, it’s oh so tasty.




RECIPE
:


8 ounce dry Lentils
8 tablespoons Olive Oil
1 medium Onion, peeled and minced fine
2 stalks Celery, washed and minced fine
5 cloves Garlic, peeled and minced fine
1 cup chopped San Marzano Plum Tomatoes
2 Chicken Bullion Cubes (optional)
1 Bay Leaf
1 – 10 ounce package frozen Spinach, thawed
1 pound Pasta; Gemelli, Small Shells, or Fusilli
grated Pecorino Romano, Parmigiano, or Grana
Place
¼ cup of olive oil and onions in a large 6 quart pot. Cook on low heat for 5
minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add
Celery and cook for 4 minutes. Add red pepper cook and garlic and cook for 2
minutes.
Add
tomatoes and cook on high heat for 4 minutes. Add Lentils and cook 3 minutes
while stirring with a wooden spoon.
Add
Bay Leaf and water to cover the lentils by 1 inch. Cook at a medium simmer
until lentils are tender but have a bit of firmness to them, about 22 minutes.
Chop
the thawed spinach, add to lentils and cook for 5 minutes on medium heat.
Cook
pasta as per the directions on package. When finished cooking, drain into a
colander, reserving a few tablespoons of water to add to pasta.
Put
the drained pasta back into the pot it cook in and drizzle with some Olive Oil.
Using a large slotted spoon, add lentils to the past and mix. Add a little bit
of the pasta cooking water if you need it. You don’t want the pasta to be
watery, but you do want it to be a little loose. Do this by adding only small
amounts of liquid at a time until you have reached the consistency that you
like.
Plate
into shallow past bowls, drizzle with a bit more olive oil and pass the grated
cheese.




NOTE:
This is a vegetarian dish, but if you like to add meat, you can sauté some
Italian Sausages and add to this recipe.
Add some sausage to each bowl and enjoy.

 


EXCERPTED From GRANDMA BELLINO’S ITALIAN COOKBOOK  by Daniel Bellino “Z”

“RECIPES FROM MY SICILIAN NONNA”




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ZUPPA di LENCTICCHI

Pasta Lentichie is actually made from Zuppa di Lenticchie. You make the soup, then take some it, draining off most of the broil so you end up with mostly the solids of Lentils with the chopped onion and carrot within. You cook whichever pasta you like then use these drained Lentils as the Sauce for the Maccheroni, and dressed with good quality Olive Oil and grated cheese (Caciacavallo, Pecorino, or Parmigiano). 
Basta !



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REGINA




FETTUCCINE w/ RABBIT RAGU ISCHIANA
ISCHIA



Browning the RABBIT



FAVORITES

 

And SECRET ITALIAN 

RECIPES




REGINA Serves The PASTA dressed with Some SAUCE
The RABBIT is SERVED as The MAIN COURSE (Secondo)





REGINA in ISCHIA
“Isn’t she SWEET” ?



 


CONIGLIO ISCHITANA
The BRISED RABBIT
alla AGIDA
ISCHIA, ITALY
Braised Rabbit Recipe 

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la PIZZA



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BARTOLO FINISHING a PIZZA
Congilio all’ Ischitana





CONIGLIO all ISCHITANA

  Rabbit in the Style of Ishcia


There is no question at all, that Coniglio all Ischitana is by far the most popular and well-known dish in all of Ischia. The island of Ischia is much larger than its more famous nieghbor, Capri, and the island is filled with many vineyards where grapes are grown for the islands wonderful wines. And all over the island, in the vineyards, up the mountains, and in the woods, wild rabbits roam and have been the main source of meat on Ischia for hundreds of years. 


Yes they make wonderful wine in Ischia, and if you are ever there, eating this famed rabbit dish, you must drink one of the island’s tasty wines. Biancolella is oh so delicious, and the wine most popular all around Ischia. Another fine white wine is made from the native Forastera grapes, and if you’re looking for a robus red, Per Palumm (Piedirosso) is robust and up to the task to pair with Coniglio Ischitana, or and grilled, roast, or braised meat that might be on the table.


CONIGLIO ISCHITANA


Ingredients :


1 small Rabbit (2 /2 lbs), cut into 8 pieces
1/4 cup Italian Olive Oil
4 cloves Garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
1 small Onion, peeled and diced
¾ cup dry White Wine
Sea Salt & Black Pepper (teaspoon each)
1 – 28 ounce can San Marzano Plum Tomatoes
⅛ teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
3 sprigs Fresh Thyme ( or 1 teaspoon dry Thyme)


Place olive oil in a large pot and turn heat to medium. Add half of the rabbit, and cook for 6 minutes on all sides. Sprinkle a little salt and black pepper over the rabbit pieces and continue cooking for a few minutes until the rabbit is nicely browned (3 to 4 minutes more).


Remove the rabbit with a large slotted spoon, and set aside on a large plate. Place the remaining rabbit in the pot, and cook just as you did in preceeding step.


Remove rabbit pieces from pot. 


Add the garlic and onions and cook over a low flame, striing with a wooden spoon, for 5 minutes.


Add half the wine to the pot, and tun heat to high, and scrape the bottom of the pot so you will deglaze the pan, lifting the brown bits on the bottom of the put into the liquid. Let cook at high for 3 minutes. 


Add the remianing wine and all the rabbit to the pot, and cook on medium heat until the wine has reduce to ⅓ its original volume.


Add the tomatoes to the pot, with the Thyme, the Red Pepper Flakes, and the remaining salt and Black Pepper.


Bring the liquid to the boil, then quickly lower to a simmer, and let the Rabbit cook until tender, about 45 to 55 minutes more.


Turn the heat off, the Rabbit is done.


In homes in Ischia, families usually remove about half of the sauce from the pot, to lightly dress some spaghetti or maccheroni, as a primi course that preceeds eating the Rabbit as the main course (Secondo). We recommend you doing this. The rabbit does not need a lot of sauce to coat and eat it, and a little sauce on some pasta, sprinkled with a bit of grated cheese is a wonderful way of eat the dish.
You can serve the Rabbit on its own with the braising sauce, and if you like, you can serve some sauteed greens or whatever vegetable that you like on the side.


Buon Appetito !




Daniel Bellino Zwicke




This recipe has been generously given to the reads of this blog, by author Daniel Bellino Zwicke for your use and enjoyment. The recipe is Excerpted from Daniel’s forthcoming book
POSITANO The AMALFI COAST – Travel Guide / Cookbook and Stories of Capri, Ischia, Naples and The Amalfi Coast Italy.










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Aperitivo Time in POSITANO Italian Cocktails on Capri The Amalfi Coast Italy

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HOTEL POSEIDON

TRIDENT BAR

POSITANO


Drinking the Amalfi Coast, Capri, Positano, Napoli, what do you drink? Well there’s always wine. Yes wine, Campari, an Aperol Spritz, Prosecco, Mineral Water, Cappuccino, Espresso, and you must drink some Lemonade, for after all, you’re in The Land of Lemons of the Devine Coast of Amalfi. Or if you’re on Capri or Ischia, Sorrento or Salerno, or the Capital City of Napoli, it’s all the same. All the same of what you might drink, what the locals drink, business men, travelers, tourists, whoever.

    Yes, you will drink Cappuccino and Espresso, it’s good all over, and every Barista takes pride in his coffee making skills and prowess. And when it comes to Espresso, the Neapolitans are the World Champions of making it and drinking it. Espresso that is.

   And if on your trip to Positano, Capri, Sorrento, wherever your destination is down there, if you’re in Napoli, try and go to the Gran Caffe Gambrinus for one of the great cafe experiences of your life. The Gran Caffe Gambrinus is heir to the great Neapolitan coffee tradition, for coffee and the art of making and drinking a proper Espresso, is at its highest level in Gambrinus. Espresso in Napoli is rooted in ritual and the habits of each social class. There is a phenomenon in this habitual ritual that makes the simple moment of refreshment an opportunity for culture and socializing. You will experience a moment of great pleasure as you partake in this esteemed ritual known as espresso. But not just any Espresso, but a Neapolitan one. And while at Gambrinus, drinking your Cappuccino, Espresso or Special Gambrinus Caffe, why not treat yourself to a Sfogliatelle as well?

    All over the Amalfi Coast, in Naples, and especially popular on the Isle of Capri are Lemonade Stands. It stands to reason that with all the Lemon Groves you find on Capri, in and around Sorrento, and in Minori, Maiori, Atrani, and Amalfi, that they’d be serving that refreshing lemon based drink, Lemonade, yes they do. Though lemons are grown all over the coast and on the islands, there seems to be two places that you see Granita and Lemonade Stands more than in other parts, and those two places are in Napoli and on the Isle of Capri. And when it comes to me personally, I always remember that first Lemonade I ever had there, and that was the Lemonade Stand on the Piazzetta of the Piazza Umberto that’s right there before you, when you get off of the Funicular of Capri, if you happen to be taking it. And if you do take the Funicular from the bottom at Marina Grande, once up are at the top and your ride is over, the first thing you’ll see when you exit the Funicular is that Lemonade Stand that is so very inviting on a hot Summer day. So, just as I did on that day in the Summer of 1988 when I had my first, I got a glass of Lemonade. I got off of the Funicular, saw the Lemonade Stand and I couldn’t resist. I got myself a nice cold refreshing Lemonade made with the Lemons of Capri. Later on, in the trip (i988), I’d have my first Limoncello, that hugely famous after dinner drink made with the local Lemons. So, you see, it’s usually the littlest things that I love most when I travel. Like that lemonade on Capri in the Summer of 1988, my first Campari, Aperol Spritz, and most recently a lovely liquor made in these parts called Finnonchietto (Fennel Liqueur), that the waiter brought for me and my cousin Tony, after dinner at Z’Antonino one night in Sorrento. Wow, I went nuts when I tasted this wonderful liqueur for the first time. It was a revelation. I never had it before, and I absolutely loved it. So much so, that when we finished the dinner and took a little walk, as we passed by a Salumeria that sold Limoncello, Amari, and other liqueurs, including Finnonchietto, I just had to get a bottle, and so I did (8 Euros).

   So, now as we talk of drinking on the Amalfi Coast, we come up to the subject of the Aperitivo and Aperitivo time on the Amalfi Coast or anywhere in Italy for that matter. Well, what is Apertivo anyway you say? Aperitivo is a drink that you have before dinner, and is meant for socializing as well as getting your palate going for the meal to come. Most often when you go for Apertivo (aka Aperitif) and order a drink at the traditional aperitivo time (late-afternoon & early-evening), the waiter will bring you some little snacks along with your drink (Aperitivo). The snacks might be as simple as a bowl of Potato Chips and Olives. In addition, some places might serve canapes (crostini) with various toppings, all for the price of the drink. The most popular forms of Aperitivo drinks are anything made with Campari or Aperol, such as Campari & Soda or OJ, a Negroni, or Aperol Spritz. Prosecco or any wine at the apertivo hours are also considered as aperitivo drinks. You can get any other cocktails made with Vodka, Gin, Rum, Whiskey or other forms of alcohol other than Prosecco, wine, Campari, or Aperol, but these cocktails may be quite a bit more expensive than the traditional Aperitivi.

   On a recent trip to Rome and the Amalfi Coast, I partook in the delightful ritual of Apertivo on numerous occasions. It was quite wonderful sharing this ritual with my cousins Tony, Mimmo, Marta, and friends in Salerno, Sorrento, in Positano, and Vietro Sul Mare. My trip started off in Rome for a day before I hopped on the high-speed train to Napoli the next day. After landing in Rome, checking into my hotel, I took a shower and then a nap. Well, more thana nap, I fell asleep for 6 hours. I finally awoke and hopped in the shower again.

    Once I showered and got dressed for one more evening out to my beloved Roma, I had a plan. My plan was to walk over to the Metro stop and take a train to near the Piazza Spagna where I would go walk around and enjoy a bit of time at this one of Rome’s most popular spots. I walked up The Spanish Steps, taking pictures along the way and enjoying the scene before me; the people and that view from atop the Spanish Steps is absolutely magnificent. I stayed there to enjoy it for a little while. So, now on to the second phase of the plan.

   After spending a half-hour enjoying the Piazza di Spagna, my plan was to walk over to the Piazza di Popolo from there, a short 8 minute walk away. Yes, my plans included going to Piazza di Popolo to see the beautiful little twin churches of Santa Maria Maracoli and Santa Maria Montesanto and to have a Aperitivo at Rosati afterwards. After that, I’d go on to dinner. So after leaving the Spanish Steps behind I made my way along to the Via Babuino leading me to my destination of the Piazza di Popolo and all its offerings.

   When I arrived about 10 minutes later, I walked towards the Fountain of Neptune to get a good view of the Twin Churches. I took a few pictures of the churches, then asked a couple if they would take a picture of me in front of them. They took a couple nice pictures that are now part of my wonderful memories of that day, and even back to 1985 and 1986 in Rome. After taking pictures of the two churches and the Piazza and myself, I went over to the churches to go inside. The Chiesa Santa Maria Miracoli was closed, but the doors to Santa Maria Montesanto were open, and there was a Mass being conducted. I went in and sat down to relax there. I listened to the priest and parishioners as they responded to the priest. I said a few prayers for my sister Barbara, myself, my Brothers Jimmy and Michael, and their loved ones, and then I left the church.

   After my time at the churches I walked across to Rosati for my little aperitivo. I took a seat at a table outside to watch the World go by the Twin Churches and life on the Piazza Popolo. I ordered a Campari Soda and the waitress brought it to me along with Olives, Potato Chips, and Canapes. And yes, I sat back, sipped my Campari and watched the World go by. I had quite a nice little Aperitivo Time at Roasati and then it was on to dinner.

   Drinking? You can’t talk about drinking in Italy without talking about wine. On this recent trip I was briefly in Rome where I drank Frascati with dinner that night, followed by an Amaro of Capo di Stato digestive from Calabria.

     Now, down to Campania and the Amalfi Coast and the wines down there. This area has some wonderful wines that are sure to please all. There are a lot of very good white wines, as there should be with all the wonderful seafood available and simply for the fact of the heat and being on the coast in Summer, for many people, white wine is the way to go. The White Wines of the area are some of the finest in Italy, in wines like; Greco di Tufo, Fiano di Avellino, Coda, Falanghina, Biancolella, and a few others, with these being the main ones as well as being most popular. When it comes to reds, Aglianico is King, especially in the form of “Taurasi” the most prestigious red wine in all  of Southern Italy. The red grape Palumbo, also known as Piedirosso which makes up the local wine that is called Lacryma Christi, meaning “The Tears of Christ.” This grape makes wonderful fruity wines as is in the case of Lacryma Christi. Yes, Aglianico is the most renowned red grape varietal of the region, but the grape Piedirossa and the wines that it makes up are not far behind in stature. The more famous wines are made with Aglianico, the grape that makes up the famed Itaian wine known as Taurasi.

   There is a most lovely legend that goes along with the wine Lacryma Christi, which can be found as either white or red wine. As the legend goes, is that when Saint Lucifer (the Devil) was cast away, he took a piece of Heaven with him. When Christ first saw the Bay of Naples, he recognized it as the stolen piece of Heaven and he wept over its loss. It’s said that as Christ wept, where his tears landed on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius is where the grapes that make up Lacryma Christi first sprang up from, and these are the grapes that sprung from the Tears of Christ. So the legend goes, and it’s quite a lovely one at that.

   So you see, drinking in Napoli, Capri, and the Amalfi Coast, is a very pleasant pastime, whether drinking Cappuccino in the morning, Espresso later in the day, Lemonade or Limoncello, local wine, a Negroni, Campari, or Aperol Spritz, you’re going to have a good time. You have to? You’re in Amalfi. Enjoy it.


EXCERPTED from POSITANO The AMALFI COAST

by Daniel Bellino Zwicke  …. Due for Publication, May 2019

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Cocktails at FRANCO’S BAR

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POSITANO


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APEROL SPRITZ TIME in POSITANO

LEARN HOW to MAKE POSITANO’S “Most Popular Cocktail”

The APEROL SPRITZ 

Recipe

Yes, without question, the Aperol Spritz is Positano’s most popular cocktail. You see them on almost every table, as you pass restaurants and outdoor cafes in Positano, there’s at least one Aperol Spritz on practically every table in town. Other popular drinks are the Negroni, White Wine (& Red), Prosecco, and fresh Lemonade. I first started drinking Aperol Spritz’s way back in 1995, almost 20 years before most Americans ever even heard of it. Now it’s almost as popular as water, and for good reason, it’s the perfect drink for Positano, Capri, or any beach town in Italy or anywhere. It’s light, tasty, and refreshing.

The best places to drink an Aperol Spritz, or any cocktail of your choice, when in Positano, are; the Trident Bar at the Hotel Poseidon, Franco’s Bar at the Hotel Le Sirenuse, or any of the terraces at Buco di Bacco, or Covo d’ Saraceni.



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TOP PLACES to GET a NEGRONI / APEROL SPRITZ

POSITANO The AMALFI COAST



POSITANO


TRIDENT BAR at The HOTEL POSIEDON ..  Via Pasitea, Positano

FRANCO’S BAR at Le SIRENUSE Hotel … Via Cristiforo Colombo 30, Positano

Le PERGOLA at BUCA di BACCO HOTEL … Spiaggi Grande, Positano


AMALFI the Town


PANSA … Andrea Pansa Pasticceria Caffe, main Piazza, Amalfi, Italy

Pansa is at the very Heart and Soul of the town of Amalfi. They make some of the best Italian Pastries (Sfogliatelle, Cookies) in the World. You can just have an Espresso or Cappuccino, a Negroni or Aperol Spritz at Aperitivo Time, Sandwiches, Pasta, and wine. Best Selling Italian Cookbook author Daniel Bellino Z says”You haven’t been to Amalfi, if you don’t got to Panssa.”


SORRENTO

BAR FAUNO, Piazza del Tasso, Sorrento ITALY

Bar Fauno is at the very heat of Sorrento. This is a wonderful Bar / Caffe / Rsitorante where you can get anything from a simple Cappuccino to a full Italian Meal and everything in-between. Open for Breakfast, Lunch, Aperitivo, Dinner and late night. A must do in Sorrento.


CAPRI

BAR TIBERIUS, Piazza Umbero, Capritown, CAPRI, Italy

BAR FUNICOLARE, Piazza Umberto, CAPRI, Italy





BITTER CAMPARI

VINTAGE POSTER




WANT a CAMPARI TEE SHIRT or COFFEE MUG

The POSITANO SNEAKER

Doing Nothing in Positano- The Best Thing to Do

 


DOING NOTHING in POSITANO

The AMALFI COAST



OK, let’s say you are spending a week on the beautiful Amalfi Coast of Southern Italy. What to do? Well, you can just do more or less nothing if you’re so inclined. Let’s say you are staying in the coast most famous town, Positano? Now doing nothing? It’s not really doing absolutely nothing, but meaning that your’e just staying in town, going to the beach, having lunch, cocktails, a little bit of shopping along the way, dinner, gelato, and a nightcap before going back to you hotel for a nice Amalfi Coast sleep.

You are stying at a nice hotel, perhaps Le Sirenuse, The Hotel Poseidon, or the lovely Hotel Casa Albertina. You wake up, take a shower and get ready for the day. You will go down to the brakfast room and have a wonderful Italian Breakfast in your hotel. Your breakfast will most likely include, tea, or Cappuccino, Fruit Juice, a Cornetto (Italian Croissant) or two, sweet pastries like Sfogliatelle and Danish, fresh fruit (Oranges, Peaches, ets.), Scrambled Eggs, Ham, and maybe some local Salami and Cheese. Just about every hotel, in Positano and all along the Amalfi Coast, Capri, and Sorrento will have a wonerful breakfast buffet that is sure to please everyone. 

After breakfast, you might quickly go back to your hotel and get the things you need to go to the beach. You will go down to the beach that you pick for the day. In Positano, this might be Fornillo Beach, Speaggi Grande, or my favorite, La Scogliera Beach Club next to Music on The Rocks. You will get a chaise longe and stake your claim. So, if you are like me, you brought reading material, you will swim, whcih I do quite a bit of on my Capri and Amalfi Coast days at the beach. I am not normally a beach person, but when I am on Capri or in Positano, I do turn into one, and I love to swim. And I swim a lot. During my time at the beach, I’ll go for a swim and stay in the water for as much as 15 to 20 minutes at a time, several times durin the day. I just love being in the water surrounding Capri, or anywhere on the coast, most likely in Positano. I jump in, and swimm out, and I just love floating on my back and starring at the gorgeous town before me (Positano) and how it just shoots up out of the blue azzure sea and sores into the heights of the Heavens, where some like to hike way up there, on The Path of The Gods as the call it. But me, I’m just swimming and floating around. I love being in this beautiful water, emmersed in the Sea, and warm Italian Sun shining down on me, fillng ,me with natures own Vitamin E. Besides the beauty of it all, and the wonderful healthful feeling of the wonderful salt water surround my body, I like to swim back and forth, parallel to the shoreline. I do this for the exercise, and another way, along with the soothing water, for the betterment of my body and health. It all feels so good.

So, I go in and out of the water. When out of the water, I might sip on a juice or refreshing Aperol Spritz, and mybe a little snack. I might read a book, or lay down and try to take a nap, and I love listening to what I call the sounds of the beach. The sounds of the beach? Well, you can hear the sea itself, wave splashing onto the sand or rocks. Mayber there are seagulls flying around and cawing. And the sounds of all the people around you, within hearing distance, whether a few feet, or hundred feet away, and all the sounds blend togther, children palying, people talking, the Seagulls, the Sea and wind. I lay down, shut my eyes, relas and listen. It all flows together, and I fell as wondeful as anyone could ver be. I’m on the Amalfi Coast, Italy.

At lunch time, if I’m at Fornillo Beach, I’ll have lunch at La Guicino, a nice little restaurant, right at the beach. They make tasty Pizza, Pasta, and seafood dishes. Most liekly though, I’m at Lo Scogliera Beach Club.  Lo Scogliera is my all-time favorite place in the World to swim, “I just Love it.” Though it’s not cheap at 25 or 30 Euros ($30 Dollars plus)  I love it, and pay the high price as a special treat to myself. It has sentimental value to me, as I’v have been going to Lo Scogliera since my very first visit to Positano, way back in the Summer of 1985.

So if I’m at Scogliera, and it’s time for lunch, I can hop over to Chez Black, La Cambusa, or most likely I’m going for a nice lunch at my favorite place of all, Buca di Bacco a couple hundred feet away. I’ll sit out on the big beautiful terrace, order a small carafe of Falagnhina (local white wine), and I look over the menu. There’s a 90% chance that I’m going to have a tasty plate of Spaghetti Vongole made by Chef Andrea, for my main course. And for my starter (antipasto) I will either have a plate of Cozze Marinara (Mussels) or grilled Octopus or Octupus Salad, and I’ll be having my favorite Amalfi Coast Lunch of all. It’s just fantastic. Sitting out on the beautiful terrazzo at Buc d Bacco, having a tasty lunch, breathing the sea air and looking out onto the gorgeous town of Positano and the Tyyranean Sea, it may soudn cliche, but oh so true, “it just doesn’t get better than that.” After my amazing lunch at Buca, (or wherever) I had back to the beach.

Back at Lo Scogliera, I’ll do more swimming, reading, napping, and another Spritz midway throught the afternoon. Then after a wonderful day at the beach and a tasty Amalfi Coast Lunch, I’ll head someplace for a nice afternoon aperitivo before heading back to my hotel for a late afternoon nap.

In days gone by (80s & 90s) I’d always head straight to Bar DeMartino for my afternoon cocktail. I love Bar DeMartino so much, and miss it trememdously since the closed. Back in the day, as I’ve already said, I’d head to Bar DeMarino up by my hotel, the Casa Albertina. Bar DeMartino was a wonderful little bar (cafe) that as any typical Italian Bar, they served Espresso, Cappuccino, Panini, pastries, gelato, Italian Cocktails and local wine. After discovering the Negroni, earlier on my 1985 trip to Italy, once I got down to Positano, once I doscovered the lovely Bar DeMartino, after the beach and being out on the terrace across the road, I’d get either a Negroni or Lemonade for my afternoon drink. There’s a wonderful view there, and I’d sit back with my drink, look at on the town, and think just how lucky I was. I was in Positano, one of the World’s most wonderful place. I was sitting out on the terrace at Bar DeMartino with this oh so beautiful view. I had my cocktail, and I was quite literally in 7th Heaven. Or as close to 7th Heaven as anyone could ever be. I was, back in the Summers of 86 and 85, Positano, on the Amalfi Caost.

After my lovely little aperitivo, I’d just walk up the pathway behind De Martino to my hotel, The Casa Albertina, my spot to stay in the lovely seaside town of Positano, Italy. I’d take a nap, tired after swimming, lying in the Sun and climbing the hill to my hotel. Sleeping is quite wonderful in Positano. Usually you don’t use an air conditioner, something I don’t really like anyway. In Positano, Capri, and all along the Amalfi Coast, most windows have shutters. You close the shutters, but keep the windows open, and the wonderful sea air sweeps in, making the temperature just right. Yes, there is really no need for air con, and I always sleep very well. I’m in Positano.

After my nap, I’ll take a shower and get ready for the night out. I might go for a quick apertivo on the amazing Terrace at the Poseidon Hotel at the Bar Trident. It’s right down the toad about 150 feet or so from Bar DeMarino and my hotel, and they have what may very well be the most gorgeous view in town. Seriously. I’ll get a nice seat, an Aperol Spritz and enjoy the World Class View. It’s easliy one of the World’s Best.

After my cocktail at The Poseidon, it’s down to Da Vencenzo for dinner. It’s right next to DeMartino, and was reccommended to me, a few days before I left for Italy, bu my old friend, poet Rene Ricard. I ran into Rene on 2nd Avenue in New York, and when heard I was going to Positano, he reccomended a nice little hotel, and told me that I had to go for espresso and cocktails at DeMartino, and I had to go to Da Vincenzo for the World’s best plate of Spaghetti Vongole (Clam Sauce). I took Rene’s advice, and he was right. That first night (Jume 1985) at Da Vincenzo, I met Jesse and Victor at Da Vincenzo, one of Positano’s most wonderful restaurants of all-time. Jesse and Victor took good care of me. I had a Seafood Salad to start, and ordered the Spaghetti Vongole, just as Rene told me to do. The salad was very tasty, and a few minutes after eating it, Jesse brought me my spaghetti. And do you know what? Rene Ricard was right. That was, without question, the best tastiest plate of Spaghetti with Calm Sauce that I have ever had. I will never foregt it.

After my wonderful dinner of the World’s Best Spaghetti Vongole ( recipe ), I went next door, back to Bar DeMartino for a little nightcap before going back to my hotel. 

When I got back to my hotel, I was so pleasantly surprised to find a Purigian Bacci on the pillow of my bed. Yumm! But just one. I loved it, and imagine that I still remember that one little piece of Italian Chocolate, these 37 years gone buy. I went to bed, and slept like a Baby, as they say.

This is how you do nothing in the beautiful town of Positano, the Amalfi Coast, Italy.




Daniel Bellino Zwicke

February 9, 2022

NYC


Note :  This was a day I spent in Positano, in June 1985 .. It was a typical day I’d spend in Positano, on 7 wonderful trips to the delightful town. Doing nothing? Meaning, just going to the beach, having a nice breakfast, lunch and dinner, of the local cuisine, and a bit of shopping and cocktails in-between, “Doing Nothing in Positano,” is the best thing to do.

Daniel






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