I dined at the Wine-dark house with my girlfriend, when I was in Positano in July 2012. We heard about the place from locals and it did not disappoint in its originality nor quality! The experience was all that we could have wished for (especially when you are in such a lovely place as Positano):
The food was exceptional.
I had two simple dishes: Steamed Mussels for starters & spaghetti with pomodorini and basil for main. My girlfriend on the other hand had a "caprese" (tomato / mozzarella cheese with basil and oil / balsamico) for starters & Mixed fried seafood as second. Absolutely delicious! Accompanying the dinner was the House Rosè Wine that Nicodemo suggested, and it was very refreshing and took us by surprise in its delicacy. At the end we had a Tiramisu to share. It is the best tiramisu that i've ever tried and i've tried many (I have lived, studied and travelled in Italy for ½ year). Nico also told us that it was homemade.
The service was superb.
Nico and the other waiters were very polite and especially Nico has a great knowledge about food and wine in particular. He will guide you through your culinary desires if you want. Also his knowledge of the area is extensive, and you really feel you are in a local good quality place.
The atmosphere was very cozy and full of smiles and satisfied people. Everyone was entertained by either the food, the wine, the surroundings, each other or Nico's stories. No wonder the place can be quite packed, since anybody who experiences this place one time, returns.
During the day they have delicious cappucino and from 12.00 you can order their panini (sandwiches), which are mouth-watering and perfect for bringing to the beach. Try the Parmeggiano / eggplant sandwich! Average of 6 euro.
Compared to other restaurants in Positano this one was by far our best visit. Even though the seafood is good everywhere, it just felt exceptional here - Something to remember. So my advice is to avoid the big restaurants with their standardized service and food and try something original like the Wine-dark house. It won't disappoint you!
Valdemar & Cecilie
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