“You be careful,” the English woman scolded, looking at me nervously. “You’re just the kind that these Italian boys love.” “Don’t worry,” I replied. “They’re my friends. They’re taking care of me not hitting on me.”
I understand her concern given that when I arrive at Mediterraneo I often feel like I am disturbing the other diners with our antics. At this point, I’m hesitant to even call myself a customer at Mediterraneo; they are my little local crew. I usually end up having multiple meals here and definitely drop by as well for a coffee or a drink.
The Esposito family owns the restaurant so their son, Lorenzo, is usually the first face you’ll see. And if you don’t see him, you’ll most certainly hear him, either singing along with Pietro Rainone, the regular musician, or shouting orders back to the kitchen and bar.
I dream in zucchini flowers and Mediterraneo has the best, so be sure to start your meal with those. The mussels are also so fresh and flavorful, they are a standby as well. The seafood risotto is a favorite and you can’t really go wrong with any seafood from this area.
Most people I meet at Mediterraneo return at least once during their trip to Positano, and I have no doubt you’ll see why when you visit for yourself. Even if you start with a quiet, romantic meal, I’m sure you’ll get drawn into the atmosphere quickly and be singing along with Pietro or greeting fellow travellers at the next table.
Say hello to Enzo, Lorenzo, Rodrigo, Antonio, Salvatore, Diego and the rest of the crew and tell them Lorenzo’s “cugina” says ciao!
Mediterraneo Via Pasitea, 236/238 Positano, Italia +39 (0) 89-8122828
© Jennifer Konopasek and GoodTravelerKarma, 2013.