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Positano: La Taverna Leone

Via Laurito 43 , Phone: 089-875474
www.latavernadelleone.com

Reviewed by: Shannon from CA, review #3642

When: 2010

Excellent food in a nice setting on the Amalfi Coast road.

Directions: The restaurant is a couple miles south of Positano, but if you call they will arrange a driver to pick you up.

This restaurant was a kilometer or so from our B & B in Arienzo, south of Positano. I had read about it online, then picked up one of their cards at the B & B. The B & B made a reservation for us, and the restaurant sent a driver to come pick us up.

The dining room is bright and airy and there are windows into the kitchen. You can also sit outside.

They have pizza at La Taverna del Leone, but the other menu items are very creative. So there is something for everyone here, and quite a few families were dining the Saturday night we went. We started with a fish tartare that was very fresh and had a sauce with a faint hint of mustard, then a salad with watermelon, shrimp and pine nuts over baby lettuce. The salad was good, but the combo of watermelon and shrimp was a little weird. They tasted better individually (to me.)

We then split a pizza with tomatoes and arugula.

The wine we had with the meal was a truly incredible one. I had spotted an Italian pinot noir on the list and ordered it but they were out, so the server brought us a bottle of Ottin pinot noir from the Val D'Aosta. WOW! This wine was more like a Burgundy then an Italian pinot nero. It was a truly incredible wine and I will one day go to this winery: http://www.ottinvini.it/ I searched, fruitlessly, for this wine for the rest of my trip. Our server said he "was drinking 6 bottles in 7 nights" himself. And it was only 22 euros.

Our total bill including coperto and water was 61 euros and when it was time to go, our server pulled his car up, we hopped in and he drove us back to the B & B (pretty quickly, I might add.) The restaurant also has take-away pizza, and many people came by to pick them up while we were there.

I would definitely go back.

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