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Just returned from the annual week in Positano and we tried a couple of new (to us) places that we enjoyed.

Lo Guaracino, which is located on the walkway to Fornillo Beach. We called and made reservations about an hour before we wanted to eat and were seated at a table with a lovely view of the water and Fornillo Beach. This was a Thursday night and there were tables available at 9:00, but I would guess that we got a table with the view because we called ahead. Two of the standout dishes were Paccheri with a local lobster and veal cutlets in a lemon sauce (we were craving meat after many nights of seafood). The pizzas looked and smelled wonderful and we would have tried one but we had pizza for lunch on the beach earlier in the day. One of our waiters told us they had just started having live music in the evenings in the bar, which we heard later. It would be a lovely spot to sit and listed to music and have a drink in the evening. Really enjoyed the location and the view and the service was good.

Hotel Le Sirene, on Laurito Beach. Long story short, it turns out we know one of the family that owns the hotel and when she found out we were going to be in Pos, she emailed me and told me that they had just taken over management of the hotel and invited us to dinner. When I inquired how we were to get to the restaurant (envisioning the 400 stairs to get down to /up from the main road), she said that they would send their boat to pick us up at the dock in Pos.

After a lovely 10-minute boat ride, we arrived at the hotel and were seated at table on the expansive terrace with a lovely view of the sea and the sun setting over the hills behind Pos. After a glass of Prosecco and fresh-fried olives and sage leaves, we started with a caprese salad and grilled octopus. Both were very good but the octopus was definitely the highlight for me. Lovely char on the outside but still moist on the inside. We then had a stuffed gnocco in a simple sauce of sauteed cherry tomatoes (Sorrentino style?) and a fantastic dish of ravioli stuffed with ricotta and lemon zest in a light lemon sauce topped with a grilled langoustine (King Prawn?). To wash it all down, we had a 2009 Produttori Barbaresco (38 euro). We finished with a classic chocolate lava cake.

After a little lemoncello and staring at the sea digesting the wonderful dinner, we hopped back on the boat and had a moonlit ride back to Pos. Definitely a highlight of our trip!!

I will see if I can find my receipts, but I know at Hotel Le Sirene the apps were around 10 euros each and the secondi or pasta were no more than 20 each.

I confirmed that they will send the boat to pick up anyone who wants to have dinner - you just need to call and let them know what time you would like to be picked up. The number is 089811580.

Once I get pictures downloaded off my phone, I will try to upload a few here.

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  1. Great news about new management at Le Sirene!

    I had a nice, jet lagged dinner at Lo Guaracino once years ago. It's time for a re-visit.

    www.gillianslists.com

    1. Gillian, definitely worth a revisit, although i wouldn't recommend taking the shortcut in the dark after dinner without a flashlight and sturdy shoes!

      Now I can spend afternoons at Da Adolfo and dinners at Le Sirene!