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Restaurants in Amalfi Coast during February

laidida Jan 31, 2010 09:35 AM

HI there, am planning to be in Naples, Amalfi Coast from 10-20 February, have search past board and seemed to receive mix reviews of whether the restaurants will be closed during off peak season.

And the last board review was in 2003, wonder if things has changed since the last two years?

What I gathered is weather will be cool and with much much less tourists, which is the great thing. But as for restaurants, would most decent / good quality ones listed here be closed during Feb? Particularly in Sorrento, Ravello, Positano and Capri areas?

Just really want to get a sense of whether what left open will be the very low standard ones.

thanks for everyone's thought !

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  1. jen kalb RE: laidida Feb 1, 2010 12:36 PM

    You need to do your research since some restaurants and LOTS of hotels are closed during February. However many of the better restaurants that are not located in hotels will be open. You should check guides like slowfood and michelin and make some calls to confirm that your destination places are open. We were on the Amalfi coast in late March 2007 and even then a numbeer of hotels were still closed/renovating. I would say that beach oriented resorts (probably Positano falls in this category) could be less appealing in February. On the other hand we greatly enjoyed visiting the towns and hiking in the hills since the scenery is wonderful. We stayed up in Ravello and even then (1-1/2 mo after you are planning to go) there were virtually no tourists and we were the only visitor in shops and the only diners at our hotel the night we gave it a try. That was the worst meal we had on our trip On the positive side, the buses were not crowded and the town was magnificently quiet. Places like Amalfi and Sorrento will not go dead they will simply be emptied of tourists, not a bad thing at all.

    Search this board too - there are some wonderful recent posts about many of the great Amalfi coast restaurants that will give you a starting point.

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      laidida RE: jen kalb Feb 2, 2010 06:48 AM

      thanks Jen, will try to do some more research, I do plan to go to Positano as well, but might not stay there..... i am not a beach person and to Amalfi is mainly to enjoy the scenery, so i suppose with that regards, it will be OK.

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        jen kalb RE: laidida Feb 2, 2010 07:28 AM

        If you are a walker, look into the amazing network of trails available in that area. The tourist offices have maps The best way IMO to enjoy the scenery. Expect a lot of clouds and maybe some rain at that time of year. I noticed in a quick look at my Slowfood guide that Cantina San Niccola in Amalfi and Il Ritrovo, in Montepertuso above Positano are closed during your time period but that A Paranza in Atrani is open.

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          Hungry Celeste RE: jen kalb Feb 2, 2010 10:59 AM

          Hey Ladi--I'll be in the same area in two weeks. Can't say much about the food in the area in winter, except that the agriturismo in Minori where I'll be staying offers dinner to non-residential guests. It's called the Villa Maria, here's the website: http://www.agriturismovillamaria.it/d...

          1. re: Hungry Celeste
            laidida RE: Hungry Celeste Feb 2, 2010 07:28 PM

            where do you plan to stay ? I have 7 nites and still struggling between Sorrento ( which is great as a base for transportation and more shops and life in Feb), Positano and Amalfi ( seems view and vibe more beautiful but pretty dead in Feb ?)

            1. re: laidida
              summerUWS2008 RE: laidida Feb 2, 2010 08:59 PM


              It's always hard to advise on these things, but I think I might hedge my bets by staying in Sorrento, where all the restaurants and attractions of Napoli would be within easy reach for me if the weather suddenly became awful.

              From Sorrento I believe you could also explore, via ferry, the cuisine and hot springs of Ischia in a day trip.

              To be perfectly honest, I would probably make my 7-day stay in Napoli, but if for some reason I felt I needed something more peaceful and user friendly, Sorrento would be my pick for forays on clear days to the scenery of the coast and the islands, and of course easy access to Pompeii.

              I can't be sure but I suspect any restaurant open in February in Sorrento has had to earn its spurs with the locals -- not just the tourist trade.

              1. re: summerUWS2008
                jen kalb RE: summerUWS2008 Feb 3, 2010 03:19 AM

                I havent stayed in Sorrento, which is certainly a yearround town, but my feeling is that if you stay there you will have to do a fair amount of travelling back and forth to see the scenery you are seeking. Why not spend a couple of days in Amalfi, say and have mountains and clouds and visit some of the lovely coast towns, Ravello, Cetara, etc.

                I fully agree that I would want to spend time in Naples, which does not shut down for wintertime in any way and has plenty to see, do and eat. As for Ischia, it definitely has an appeal as a day trip (more boats from Naples than Sorrento I think), but you have to consider the lessened winter boat schedule and also the likelyhood of stormy, windy days which might make your crossing less enjoyable. Also the closing of many restaurants, etc. except on the weekends - you need to research what is open and when carefully.

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                  jen kalb RE: jen kalb Feb 3, 2010 03:20 AM

                  by the way, I hope you have read this great recent Amalfi Coast dining report, which covers many of the good places


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                    ekc RE: jen kalb Feb 17, 2010 10:21 AM

                    Speaking of Cetara, a good friend lives in Ravello and his favorite restaurant in all of the AC is Acquapazza in Cetara. Since he lives there full-time and eats there often I would guess it would be open in the off-season

                2. re: laidida
                  Hungry Celeste RE: laidida Feb 3, 2010 03:53 AM

                  As I said above, we'll be in Minori at the agriturismo; it's on the Amalfi Coast, just west of Ravello.

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                    jen kalb RE: Hungry Celeste Feb 3, 2010 05:21 AM

                    looking forward to your report! As I recall, there is at least one good restaurant and a fine pastry shop in Minori and there are other places recommended in the Capalbo book and slowfood inland from there. Hope you walk some of the paths in the area - I know that the Ravello tourist office has maps, dont know if there is an office in Minori. If you are driving, know that the drive over the mountains from Ravello to the autostrada is terrifying if its foggy. Be careful.

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                      Hungry Celeste RE: jen kalb Feb 3, 2010 06:23 AM

                      I just bought the Capalbo book; I hope it arrives before my departure! Fortunately, I won't be the driver on this trip....I'll just be in the back seat, praying to St. Anthony ;)

                      1. re: Hungry Celeste
                        Shooley RE: Hungry Celeste Mar 29, 2010 07:33 AM

                        We'll be staying at that same Agriturismo in May...can you let us know how it was? Food?

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                          Hungry Celeste RE: Shooley Mar 29, 2010 08:45 AM

                          Here's a link to my blog post on Villa Maria's food....lots of photos: http://bouillie.wordpress.com/2010/02...

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                            Shooley RE: Hungry Celeste Mar 30, 2010 06:04 AM

                            Thanks for the pictures! It all looks delicious...

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                              Shooley RE: Hungry Celeste Mar 30, 2010 06:06 AM

                              Oh, and what did you do for wine, since wine (and food) is my raison d'etre!

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                                Hungry Celeste RE: Shooley Mar 30, 2010 07:07 AM

                                We drank the house wines--a friendly, slightly acidic red and a simple white. Definitely don't pass up the end-of-meal limoncello; it was absolutely the best I've ever tasted. Pasquale, the proprietors' son-in-law, worked on cruise ships & speaks fluent English....proprietor Vincenzo speaks a bit of English & is wonderfully accomodating. Definitely don't miss the de Riso pastry shop on the waterfront in Minori....showstopping desserts of fabulous variety & good coffee.

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                                  Shooley RE: Hungry Celeste Mar 30, 2010 02:06 PM

                                  Mille grazie!

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                                    jen kalb RE: Shooley Mar 30, 2010 02:42 PM

                                    Have you checked out Luciano Pignataro's website - enormous trove of info on Campanian wines and eating

                                    Also Carla Capalbo's book on Naples and Campania, with articles on all the local areas, winemakers and food sources

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                                      Hungry Celeste RE: jen kalb Mar 31, 2010 06:56 AM

                                      Though the Capalbo book is a bit out of date (pub in 2000, IIRC), it still contained great nuggets of info, esp on out-of-the-way places.

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                                        jen kalb RE: Hungry Celeste Mar 31, 2010 07:31 AM

                                        the version on amazon was published in 2005 (I havent looked at my copy) - maybe just a reprint???
                                        for $1.15 used its a great buy.
                                        didnt find any out of date info on my two trips into the region
                                        there is nothing comparable and more recent avaialbe, in any event.

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            breezey RE: laidida Feb 3, 2010 01:59 PM

            Tryl Il Pozzo in Sorrento. My family are major fans and we hope to try it when we are there in July .


            1. crystallyn RE: laidida Feb 5, 2010 08:50 AM

              We'll be staying in Sorrento (Bristol Hotel) in mid-March and are hoping that not too much will be closed. I've heard good things about Il Buco for dinner and we're looking forward to that. I'd love to hear a report back from you on how it went. We're mostly using Sorrento as a base for Pompeii, Herculaneum and Oplontis but plan on taking a full day wandering down the coast.

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              1. re: crystallyn
                laidida RE: crystallyn Feb 5, 2010 09:12 AM

                just confirm my itineary on 3nites Naples, 4 nites Positano, 3 nites Sorrento, will try as much resturants I can when i tour along the areas, and sure will report back !

                haven't researched much on Naples, but sure will look up on past post here !

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                Gerardos RE: laidida Feb 5, 2010 10:59 AM

                http://www.torredelsaracino.it/ a good Michelin 2 Star restaurant

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