Eat your way through Italy on this grand tour of coastal towns, ticking off Michelin-starred restaurants, age-old vineyards and cooking schools along the way.
There’s no doubt the Amalfi Coast’s shoreline is one of the world’s best road trips – its opulent cliffside buildings only rivalled by their incredible views and amazing food. But despite the grandeur of its infinity-edge hotels and poised places to stay, you don’t need to bust your budget to fill your belly in this iconic holiday hotspot thanks to family-run trattorias and charming coastal cucinas serving local bufala mozzarella, limoncello and seafood. From hungry honeymooners to gourmet travellers, here’s how to eat well while road-tripping through Italy’s most-coveted coast.
Before you fill your stomach with a boatload of fresh seafood, it’s obligatory to have at least one slice of pizza during your Italian stay. You’ll taste the past, present and future of the Amalfi Coast in every slice at Criscemunno. Once a 17th-century convent, the building served as a bread oven in the early 1900s before evolving once more into this artisan restaurant. Hand-selected local ingredients, classic recipes and innovative creations await you in the historical centre of Salerno.
Made from Amalfi Coast lemons, the eminently sippable citrus liqueur of limoncello is a sensory experience – and there’s no better place to smell, taste and feel this locally loved drink than at Profumi della Costiera. This distillery unlocks the history of the ancient Amalfi Coast PGI lemon and bottles it for your portable pleasure. Sample the fresh aroma and pack one for the road.
Enter the oh-so soft and scrumptious world of bufala mozzarella at La Tramontina. For more than 70 years, this farm and dairy has produced Italy’s most famous cheese from buffalo’s milk, an ancient process that’s been perfected since 1952 and today dips every bite of their cheese in tradition. If you’ve yet to taste the artisanal cheese, head to the Piazza dei Dogi sandwich shop in Amalfi for the best take-away lunch of your life.
Perfect Amalfi Coast views should never be out of your sightline, which is one of the reasons why Il Tridente cocktail bar is a fantastic place to sip and stare. Talented bartenders will never leave your glass empty, and the chef will prepare plate after plate of delicious appetisers to nibble on so you’ll never have to stop gazing at the horizon. As the sun starts to set, candles are lit and dinner at the adjacent restaurant is impossible to refuse.
Take a few Italian recipes home with you after an afternoon spent at Tirabuscio Cooking School. You’ll choose from three menu options: a typical Sorrento meal featuring Caprese salad and eggplant parmigiana, a seafood menu with mussels and clams caught in the Bay of Naples, or a pizza class with a lemon-cake dessert. As you cook, you’ll sample local wine, olive oil and limoncello while listening to Neapolitan posteggia (street musicians).