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“Laid back, simply prepared food of high quality”
Review of Da Ferdinando

Da Ferdinando
Ranked #8 of 90 Restaurants in Positano
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $20
Cuisines: Italian, International
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Good for: Bar scene, Families with children, Scenic view, Local cuisine, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed August 22, 2014

Firstly, this review combines our experience of the bar and the beach spanning an entire day. The location on Fornillo beach is right in the center, sandwiched among other similar looking establishments. While we chose Bagni da Ferdinando largely because of the TA reviews of the food, the beach facilities were first rate, and included floaties/toys for the kids, as well as free wifi. The quality of the beach was so-so, water visibility wasn't that great (it was a blazing day with no wind, not sure why visibility wasn't much better), and the pebbles were relatively large sized so that traversing them without footwear was a challenge.

Our lunch, however, was delicious and the simple preparation relied on the high-quality of the ingredients. This was the case for the caprese salad and the fresh anchovies dressed with lemon and olive oil. This was our first meal encountering local tomatoes and local lemons, and they did not disappoint. Deceivingly, the tomatoes used were big, big like the dreaded beefsteak tomatoes in supermarkets. But these were what I imagine fresh san marzano's would taste like. The flesh was firm, but yielded easily to the tooth, and the flavor profile was a refreshingly mild tomato flavor (not watery though), with a dose of minerality, and a very slight hint of sweetness. Completely different from an heirloom tomato from the US (a lot juicier and sweeter). My experience tasting an Amalfi coast lemon for first time was similar. A mild lemon flavor, but none of the pucker-inducing acidity usually encountered in lemons, even lower acidity than meyer lemons.

All the other food we ordered for lunch, followed this vein. Simple preparation, incorporating great ingredients. Add to this reasonable pricing. If we were to visit Spiaggia Fornillo for a day again, it'd be here, but we are also seeking better water visibility.

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Thank garcus
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Reviewed August 20, 2014

During our 1 month in Positano we found ourselves at Ferdinando's Beach & Bar regularly - WE LOVED IT - Guido (son of original owner Ferdinando) and Guido's son Ferdy were so so very friendly we felt like part of the family. We often saw Guido at the Positano wharf and Ferdy up where the locals met and they always said hi. The Beach and Bar is a great place to spend time at and the meals are great, not to mention that Limoncello with il conto - highly recommended, ciao Guido and Ferdy - look for the Ozzie flag

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Thank libby_don
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Reviewed August 11, 2014

We are so happy we read the reviews before we went to Positano, otherwise we would have missed this place, it is a family run place, all were nice and friendly especially Guido, who makes you feel at home, and as if you have been over there before, you can spend the whole day, getting there could be by means of their own boat from the main beach in Positano, you will be received by a wonderful Guido, renting of towels, chairs, umbrella, are for a reasonable price for the whole day, you can run a tab in the restaurant, and later get a table for a lovely lunch overlooking the beach, there is nothing in this place we would not like, the cost is reasonable considering you are about 50 meter from the main beach where you could pay double for the same thing.
My wife, our daughters and myself send our very best from Lebanon to you Guido and everyone at Ferdinando for making us feel at home in your lovely place.

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Reviewed August 11, 2014

Really welcoming bunch of folks. Ferdinando, the grandson of the original Ferdinando is an exceptionally polite and helpful man that knows his costumers very well and makes an attempt to really get to know them and help them out.

We stayed here on the beach aside Ferdinando's bar during our trip and it was great. Made great drinks and food. It was worthwhile to stay here. He also helped us book reservations and made recommendations for site-seeing, other places in Positano, and nightclubs.

Great little spot - highly recommended

PS It's a great spot to lay back on the ocean-side and look up at the stars with your significant other =)

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Thank Gabriel I
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Reviewed August 9, 2014 via mobile

We were there every beach day. All the Italians go to this place (there are 4 others next to each other). Food is fantastic and very friendly atmosphere. Owned and managed by sons and grand kids of Ferdinando. Mrs still cooks most of the food and they have a boat to pick up and drop off at the main beach. We all enjoyed our stay there.

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Thank KensingtonLondon
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