My husband and I traveled for 2 weeks to Italy for our 25th wedding anniversary. We stayed 5 days in Priano, a georgeous Cliffside village on the Amalfi coast, and ate wonderful food everywhere we went in Italy, but the BEST meal and experience by far we had in our 2 week visit to Italy was at Vivaro Wine Bar! There is NO menu! The chef, who is also the host, bartender, and waiter, all wrapped into one, simply "feeds you"! It was the most wonderful, delicious and affordable experience ever!! When I return to Priano one day, I will eat at Vivaro everyday!! When we arrived the tiny place was full so the owner told us he had no tables. "Can we just eat at the bar?" I asked, which only had 4 stools. He said "Sure!" He asked if we liked seafood and pasta which of course we responded with a resounding "YES! We love seafood and pasta"! That was all it took, and the evening started off! The owner choose our wine for us and brought us our first course which was a heaping bowl of the most delectable and spicy pasta we had eaten filled with every kind of seafood imaginable! We practically moaned (well at least I did!) as we ate. The next course was a beautiful and delicious salad (my husband is not a veggie or salad kind of guy and his first response after tastitng the salad was........WOW! This is SO good! Next the owner brought out the most delectable fish, deboned it for us at our table, and served it between our two plates.........so tender and delicious words cannot even come close to describing the culinary experience. After that, the owner brought us another bottle of wine of his choice which was perfect, and asked us "What's next?". I said "I don't know, you are running this show, what is next???!!". He thought for a moment and asked me if I like prawns? I said "I adore prawns!". He said we only catch these in May......and proceeded to cook up a heaping plate of prawns which my husband and I consumed!! Next, we saw an English couple we had met the previous day on a bus during a day trip to Positano, so we, as typical Americans would do, grabbed our bottle of wine and headed over to invite ourselves to join them at their table! We pulled up chairs and joined them in eating the delicious dessert that they were partaking of. The owner saw us join the other couple and brought us all a 3rd bottle of wine, more dessert and then finished everything off with excellent limoncello for the ladies and Grappa for the men. The total bill!?!........Ridiculously reasonable, equal to what you would have to pay for the 3 bottles of wine alone in the States! This place is seriously the best kept secret in Positano!! Maybe not so secret anymore! Hat's off to you Chef Gennaro!! I dream of one day eating from your table again!
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