First a detox and then some dolce at Casa e Bottega

Seeing as I’ve been at Casa e Bottega nearly every day since arriving in Positano, it’s about time I wrote the glowing review it’s due. 🙂

Just walking into this calming little oasis, you can already tell it’s going to be a refreshing change from much of the standard fare in town. Half design shop, half café, there are only a few tables but my favorite place to sit is at the bar to watch Tanina, Rosalia and the rest of the lovely ladies prepare the light and delicious dishes to order. Tanina prides herself on sourcing the best local and organic ingredients and as a result, all of the food is incredibly fresh and flavorful.

Start with a detox water with lemon and mint and the amazing “sole liquido” or “liquid sun” smoothie, a combination of spinach, green apple, kiwi and lemon. Next choose from one of the huge salads either on the menu or the special salad of the day. The Casa e Bottega salad with tuna and avocado is a winner. I added chicken to a special salad with apple, beetroot and strawberries.

For aperitivo, the selection of charcuterie and cheese is delicious and satisfying. The platter comes with bruschetta made the way only the Amalfi Coast can make it, with pomodorini or cherry tomatoes so sweet they taste like candy.

And after all the healthy goodness, you can feel a little less guilty indulging in Tania’s incredible desserts.  My favorite is the Delizia al Limone, a lemon cake traditional to this region, but Casa e Bottega’s version was more like a layered profiterole topped with lemon curd and cream. Light and luxurious at the same time.  The ingredients are the star here, so even the cakes have a bit less sugar than you’d get anywhere else.

If the food weren’t reason enough to make this a standby for your breakfast or lunch in Positano, the lovely ladies of Casa e Bottega will make you feel at home immediately.  Tanina is a well-known restaurateur in town, with her more formal dining option, Next2, set in the hill on the Fornillo side of town. Watching her at work is like watching a dance, and you can see how much pride she takes in her business and the customer experience.

Grazie per tutto (tutti i giorni), belle ragazze! 🙂

Casa e Bottega
Via Pasitea 100 
84017 Positano 
+39 089 875225

Open for breakfast and lunch. Closed Tuesdays. 

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© Jennifer Konopasek and GoodTravelerKarma, 2014.

 
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Close to Home: The Good Life

I’ve had a few very tasty experiences with London food recently, and the most recent happens to also be one of the healthiest.

The Good Life eatery on Chelsea’s Sloane Avenue is brand new – to the point that their website is still in progress – but a welcome addition to the South West London culinary scene.

On my first visit, post-barrecore workout, I refuelled with the simple but incredibly tasty daily special, the Clean Lean Bowl: quinoa, sweet potato, kale, two poached eggs and topped with almond pesto. Washed down with a cold-pressed green juice and a cappuccino made with almond milk, I have to admit I felt a bit more Los Angeles than London.

I enjoyed my food so much, I headed back after my workout the next day to partake of the huge Good Life Salad made with a massive amount of marinated kale, sweet potatoes, pomegranate seeds, chia seeds and I added a little avocado for good measure.  It’s not cheap, this green wonder at £11 (without my avocado topper), but it’s so big, I took half of mine home for breakfast the next day.

The gluten-free, dairy-free coconut cake is getting raves on the few reviews I’ve seen online but I have to say disappointingly, mine was quite dry and I only got one moist bite of the large slice.

The Good Life is still working out some kinks with their service as well which is quite slow.  But, if you’re not in a rush and want a healthy option or one catering to special dietary needs in Chelsea, this is the place.

The Good Life
59 Sloane Avenue 
London,  SW3 3DH
+44 (0)20 7052 9388

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© Jennifer Konopasek and GoodTravelerKarma, 2013.