Positano’s Classy Ristorante La Sponda

A touch of elegance at the Ristorante La Sponda in Positano

A touch of class at the Ristorante La Sponda in Positano

Perched midway up the hillside amidst Positano’s tumbling pastel villas and shops, the spacious Hotel Le Sirenuse stands out in the crowd. A deep ruby-red color edged in white, it presents an elegant facade. Originally a summer home for the Neapolitan Sersale family, they converted it into a luxury hotel in 1951. The hotel contains 58 rooms.

My two friends and I, fellow Italy travel writers, arrived for lunch and were met with a warm and generous welcome by the staff. The classy furnishings and elegant design of the hotel caught my attention instantly.Well ordered and extravagant, it was a pleasure to enjoy the decor.

Le Sirenuse Hotel, Positano

Le Sirenuse Hotel, Positano

Dining terrace of La Sponda Ristorante inside the hotel

A terrace photo from Ristorante La Sponda in Positano

A terrace shot of us in front of our table just before dining~left to right are Victoria DeMaio, Myself, and Margie Miklas

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We were ushered into the dining area of the Ristorante La Sponda by our maitre ‘d Vincenzo and seated at a table with a stunning view of the vast blue Mediterranean. The scenery was rimmed with climbing vines and potted trees. I learned that at night-time, over 400 candles are lit on the dining terrace, creating a romantic atmosphere.

View of Positano and the Mediterranean from our seats at Ristorante La Sponda

View of Positano and the Mediterranean from our seats at Ristorante La Sponda

Our waiter, Saverio, served a bottle of sparkling cool prosecco followed by a delicious asparagus cream soup embellished with buffalo ricotta and a good splash of local olive oil. It was rich and velvety. The ingredients used by the chefs in the kitchen are fresh and locally grown to provide the diner with a variety of authentic Mediterranean flavors.

Asparagus soup at Ristorante La Sponda in Positano

We begin with a delicious asparagus soup 

The lovely hand-painted plates were locally made with traditional designs, making the various dishes appear even more colorful. A Caprese Salad made with succulent sun-ripened tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella balls sprinkled with basil soon appeared.

Succulent Capresse Salad at Ristorante La Sponda in Positano

Our sommelier brought a bottle of Costa D’Amalfi DOC Tenuta San Francesco white wine to the table. The Tenuta winery is located only 18 miles from the restaurant in Tramonti. Founded in 2004, the winery grows local and rare grape varieties. The per Eva is a blend of three grapes and has a strong aroma of fresh flowers and honey with a nut like finish.

Fine white wine grown locally to accompany our meal.

Fine white wine grown locally to accompany our meal.

My entrée was Paccheri pasta with a medley of seafood and small tomatoes tossed in a light wine sauce. Some was tucked inside each pasta, creating a seafood lovers heaven.

A Seafood Lover's Heaven ~ wide macaroni stuffed with shrimp, muscles and white fish tossed in a light sauce that embellished a hearty taste of the sea at Ristorante La Sponda in Positano

A Seafood Lover’s Heaven ~ wide macaroni stuffed with shrimp, muscles and white fish tossed in a light wine sauce.

Next, a plate of freshly caught white anchovies soaked in olive oil with a splash of lemon.

Local anchovies and olive oil at Ristorante La Sponda in Positano

A delicate white fish, flaky and moist, decorated with bits of calamari and seasoned just right.

Plate of freshly caught white fish at  Ristorante La Sponda in Positano

Freshly caught white fish

A Piece of Art! Italy reigns supreme in the art world, especially when it comes to food. This is a fresh ravioli dish with pesto and pomodoro sauces poured over the top, making the color of the Italian flag.

A Piece of Art! Italy reigns supreme in the art world, especially when it comes to  food. This is a ravioli dish with sauces on top the color of the Italian flag. At Ristorante La Sponda in Positano

The meal was followed up a steaming cup of fresh espresso and a small glass of locally made limoncello.

Our young waiter introduced a bottle of locally produced limoncello

Our young waiter introduced a bottle of locally produced limoncello

Cafe and dessert of chocolate cake with gelato and berries comes afterwards

Dessert consisted of a moist chocolate cake and a plate of cookies with biscotti. Every detail throughout the entire meal was attended to.
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Margie Miklas presents with her book. Victoria De Maio smiles brightly in the center

We were introduced to Giovanni Ciccone, the Director of Operations. Margie presented him with her new book of lovely photos of Italy while Victoria flashed a beautiful smile.

Ristorante La Sponda is more than a meal…it is an experience. I found the service to be outstanding with graciousness and finesse. Thank you Hotel Le Sirenuse and Ristorante La Sponda for a lovely dining experience.

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I'm delightfully surrounded by our hosts!

I’m delightfully surrounded by our hosts!

The luxurious Hotel Le Sirunese

The luxurious Hotel Le Sirenuse

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View of Positano from the outdoor terrace ~

Outdoor pool and view of the Mediterranean ~
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8 replies

  1. What a feast for the eyes and stomach. My mouth was watering as I read and viewed your photos. And the hotel, wow. I want to go there now!!

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  2. That pool is to die for! Beautiful photos as always.

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  3. Wow, that is some restaurant/location, Susan. Thank you for sharing 😉

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  4. How absolutely divine. Your photos are beautiful. The views are breathtaking. Susan this is a gorgeous post. Btw How did you manage to eat so much food

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  5. Lovely photos Susan! 🙂

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