LA TAGLIATA – POSITANO
Via Tagliata, 22, 84017 Positano Salerno, Italy
Date Dined: September 2013
On the last night of our all-too-brief stay in Positano we ate dinner at La Tagliata – another family owned and run operation that offers delicious food and a great time.
It is situated high in the cliffs of Montepertuso which is just above Positano. The views, as you can imagine are spectacular but you best get there before sunset to enjoy them because as soon as the sun sets the mountain is enveloped in darkness. As you enter the restaurant you walk through a vegetable garden which hints at some of the items you might be feasting on.
This is another restaurant that does not offer patrons a menu which I began to really enjoy because it allows you to focus much more on conversation than selecting a dish as well as being guaranteed to the best there is to offer.
When the weather is warm guests are seated on the outdoor terrace which is covered and has bunches of hanging tomatoes and onions that are ripening and drying out for future cooking.
We were immediately greeted by bottles of red and white house wine and the food started rolling out. Everything was very fresh and flavorful.
Prosciutto and melon, mini calzones, green peas, tomato salad came out first. Then a tuna salad surrounded by grilled pumpkin and eggplant. It kept coming with bruschetta, chickpeas with bacon and sautéed shishito peppers.
The second course was pasta all made by “Mamma Pasta”.
Ravioli filled with mixed cheeses, hand rolled pasta with zucchini and squash, Mamma Pasta’s signature pasta sheets stuffed with ricotta and a gnocchi with tomato sauce.
Halfway though the meal I think they realize you need to take a break so the owners’ daughter comes out. She just happens to have an incredible voice and begins to sing for everyone. The performance turns interactive as the servers bring out homemade instruments for everyone to play. People from every table are grabbed to join the performance which begins to wind its way around the entire dining room. A very unique element to a dining experience!
When everyone sits back down it is time for salad, potatoes and meat. A giant plate of mixed grilled meats is placed down in front of us, chicken, filet, sausages, lamb. Then a huge porterhouse appears. Whoa. At this point I wish I could pack a doggie bag for the plane. We make a small dent.
Dessert is the last course which includes slices of cakes and pies as well as tiramisu. Luckily we still have some sweet tooths at the table. Our grand plans of heading to a bar post-dinner begin to fade…
La Tagliata wants to make everything as easy for their guests as possible so do not fret about transportation because the restaurant organizes a shuttle throughout the evening that will fetch you at your hotel and also drop you off afterwards. What is also pleasantly surprising about La Tagliata is the price is incredibly reasonable and for just about 35€ you can enjoy this multi course meal complete with dessert and all the wine you could want.
La Tagliata is lively and entertaining and it was the perfect way to end a memorable trip to Positano.