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Indian food on the Amalfi Coast???!

anprad Jun 5, 2008 08:06 AM

Could you please direct me to any Indian restaurants that cater in the Amalfi region? Preferably near Positano.

We are planning a wedding in the area, and the guests are very adamant about having an Indian meal.

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  1. jen kalb RE: anprad Jun 5, 2008 11:23 AM

    NO. there are very few non-Italian restaurants any where in Italy, let alone in small towns like Amalfi. You could research Naples possibly, but I thinkyou best bet is to contact one of the major Indian restaurants in Rome and figure out how to get this catered. Or fly in your caterer from London or whatever. There are wonderful vegetables and cheeses in Amalfi for vegetarians, but thats about it.

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      bob96 RE: jen kalb Apr 21, 2010 01:11 PM

      I wonder how many of the restaurants in and around Amalfi have Indian (or South Asian) kitchen staff, as many do in Rome and elsewhere? Not that this is a solution, but the post brings to mind a journey a few years ago driving through the province of Latina, south of Rome, and seeking Sikh workers commuting on bicycles to and from the large market garden farms that fill the coastal plain. Never expected to see this. But Italy changes: many of the vendors in local feste, even in small remote towns, are South Asian merchants. Wonder where they all eat?

    2. jen kalb RE: allende Jun 5, 2008 05:24 PM

      sounds like OP wants to have an Indian wedding in a terrifically beautiful place or at least must include family members that keep to traditional ways.. Its understandable but will be culturally difficult. As I recall it there is at least one good Indian restaurant in Rome, the Mahjarajah on Via Serpenti (meat oriented). Im sure such a restuarant wil have fielded a request like this before.http://www.maharajah-roma.com/

      1. mbfant RE: anprad Jun 5, 2008 10:47 PM

        This has to be possible, but it may be expensive. If you're staying in one of those fancy hotels in Positano, I'd ask them first. Then I'd ask the local or Naples SlowFood chapter or Gambero Rosso correspondent -- Indian food is not exactly their thing, but they are very tuned in to food so they might know things. You must have local contacts helping with the wedding planning, so they should be able to help. You might need to hire someone locally to scout it out. There are a number of super chefs on the peninsula who might know things. Or, as Jen says, get in touch with Indian restaurants in Rome. I would bet too that the Indian consulate in Rome and, if there is one, in Naples knows of Indian caterers. Likewise, international organizations like FAO, WFP, and IFAD (all in Rome) undoubtedly have people who do this, but they would be harder to sleuth out. I'd start with the wedding planner or hotel, then the consulate(s), then the local foodie orgs. Let us know how it goes.

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          Indy 67 RE: anprad Jun 6, 2008 05:27 AM

          There's obviously a back story that the OP hasn't shared with us. (e.g. Who is paying for the wedding? ...the ages of the engaged couple) I can imagine that the engaged couple's desire to hold a destination wedding in Amalfi may have infuriated the parents of the bride/groom. That generation may be giving some pushback with the demand for Indian food.

          Perhaps you should consider having the ceremony and reception in a lovely setting in/around Rome since Jen has already identified at least one Indian restaurant and Maureen has pointed out the Indian consulate can be a local resource. Then, you and your new spouse could honeymoon in the Amalfi area and eat whatever you choose.

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            afds RE: anprad Jun 11, 2008 10:16 AM

            Indian restaurants in Rome are nothing like their British cousins, don't get your hopes up! That said, Jaipur, in the Trastevere area, is probably the best of a so-so bunch. It's often used by the Indian Embassy.

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              RAB14 RE: anprad Feb 6, 2009 05:29 AM

              Hi all, thanks for the great advice/responses. No, the parents of both the bride & groom are not infuriated with the decision to have the wedding in Amalfi - but support it (and are actually really looking forward to a destination wedding!) because it reflects the international influences of both families. But as Jen Kalb mentioned, we do want to cater to many of the relatives coming from India so the suggestions you all have given will definitely help us out. We have already rented a large villa in Positano for the wedding so most likely we will contact one of the restaurants mentioned above and see if they can cater for us or have a chef come in and prepare meals. We will also discuss these options you have provided with our wedding cooridnator to see what is the easiest and best way to make this happen. Thank you all!

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                daisyb RE: RAB14 Aug 23, 2009 11:00 PM

                Hey there,

                I'm also trying to plan an Indian wedding in or around Rome. I was wondering if you could give me some information (or perhaps direct me to someone) who could give me information on hindu wedding ceremonies and how we can organize one there. My background is Indian but my fiance is from a different culture, therefore it's up to me to figure out these details but I'm not familiar with what is available in and around Rome. I would be incredibly grateful if you could help out!! Thanks so much!

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                bride1 RE: anprad Apr 21, 2010 10:54 AM

                Hi anprad and daisyb, I am an indian based in London as is my fiance and wish to consider Italy, amalfi coast or positano for an indian wedding. I am also vegetarian and need to find indian caterers for the wedding. Please can you let me have details of your wedding coordinator, indian priest and caterer to get me started. Much appreciated.

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                  JFores RE: bride1 Apr 22, 2010 02:08 PM

                  Naples has a surprisingly large Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi population and your best bet might actually be specifically checking through any local publications they have for caterers. You'll probably find a few women cooking out of their houses.

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                    jen kalb RE: JFores Apr 22, 2010 02:25 PM

                    I still think this couple is more likely to find the sort of operation they are looking for through sources in Rome maybe through the embassy. (doesnt seem to be a consulate in Naples)

                    You are right that there seem to be a lot of south indians in Naples, many of them Christians which is maybe not what the inquiror is looking for. Saw no evidence last year of any so asian food business however, mostly just umbrella vendors and phone-home type little shops. Its a really interesting situation.

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                    Sheetal19 RE: bride1 Dec 15, 2011 07:40 PM

                    Hi there. Were any of you guys able to do an INDIAN wedding in ITALY? if so, how did you find the venue? veggie indian food? hindu/jain pandit? I'm looking to get married in ITALY but i live in DC so any help would be greatly appreciated!!

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                      jen kalb RE: Sheetal19 Dec 19, 2011 03:55 PM

                      Its too bad none of the prior posters have come back and reported.
                      Id suggest contacting the Indian Embassy in Rome - With the FAO in Rome there are many Indians there, even a Fabindia, for heavens sake.

                      They might be able to point you in the drection of a caterer who can meet your needs.
                      Or you can just go with the delicious campanian vegetarian cuisine, buffalo cheese, eggp[lant and all.

                      Buyt do report back on how your search turns out.

                  3. emglow101 RE: anprad Dec 15, 2011 08:36 PM

                    The Amalfi coast, I love this place. Was told by a local ,George Clooney wanted to buy property in Positano. The mayor said no . To many paparazzi would always be hanging around. The end. I hope it works out for you.

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                      Sheetal19 RE: emglow101 Dec 16, 2011 06:34 AM

                      Hi Emglow - do you have a specific venue recommendation for the Amalfi coast? I hear its quite pretenious and i'm looking for a cozy, friendly venue. Thanks!

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                        emglow101 RE: Sheetal19 Dec 16, 2011 09:55 PM

                        Well, I really liked La Tagliata above Positano. I had lunch there. I loved it. They have a nice website and do have rooms for rent. I hope I am able to return someday. A few photos for you.

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                          zerlina RE: emglow101 Dec 16, 2011 11:16 PM

                          The cooking of the Campania region offers more vegetarian options than some other regions, but La Tagliata is not the place to look for them. If you're looking for a cozy, friendly venue, you might be happy at an agriturismo. Search the board for recommendations/reviews. In any case, you'd have to agree on the menu in advance, and it won't be Indian food, unless you import an Indian chef from Rome.

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