I had read here that the owner of DaAdolfo, Sergio insisted that no reservation was required, so we got on the boat from the Positano dock at 11am and headed around to the little beach that daAdolfo is on - about 10 minutes away. We were ignored as we stood and waited and unfortunately when we asked, we were told quite abruptly that there was no room. This was disappointing as there were plenty of clearly empty tables given it was early. Positano was the inspiration for our entire Europe Trip and I had read Amanda Tabberer's book My Amalfi Coast and had been looking forward to da Adolfo for months. Certainly what is described in her book as a hospitable, relaxed delicious rustic italian food experience was nowhere to be seen that day as surly waiters stomped around and barked at each other and customers. So we went next door to La Sirena (the mermaid) and had one of the most delicious seafood meals we had in our entire trip, where our delightful waiter was part of a wonderful experience, making us feel welcome and giving us his recommendations from the menu. Amazingly we had the place to ourselves as we sat watching the crowds throng to daAdolfo and many people after us receive the same treatment as we did and wander over to La Sirena. The contrast between the two is quite marked with DaAdolfo having a sand floor and very rustic, compared to La Sirena where the seats are all up on the stone veranda of the place and some seating down in the sand if you wish to enjoy your meal there. My Tip, make a reservation and be prepared for the crowds or skip it.
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