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“Saved us from February Positano”
Review of C'era una Volta

C'era una Volta
Ranked #15 of 89 Restaurants in Positano
Price range: $9 - $39
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Description: The place to go if you want to eat like the locals and eat with the locals! Open all year round and with pizza takeaway service, C'era una Volta is family run and the perfect place for a traditional meal.
Reviewed February 20, 2013

Allbeit we came when virtually nothing is open (January and February), this restaurant was wonderful. Everything came out exactly as was expected, was served with not only a smile but a remarkably engaging staff, whose humor was delightful, and the food was fresh and delicious. The owner was present throughout and made the meal an experience to be had - humorous, kind, and attentive.

On a previous night we were surrounded by tourist restaurants (90% of what you will find down at the beach) and finally we were able to find the authentic Italian food we were seeking in Positano. The patrons next to us had been there 2 nights in a row and loved coming back!

We suggest being open to the house specials - our first plate consisted of pasta, mussels, and potatoes in a wonderful sauce. There were literally 15 or more mussels on one plate. In the US, this could easily be priced at a 20+ dish, but here was 7 euro. The second plate was also fantastic, most certainly homemade gnocchi filled to capacity with fresh ricotta and served with clams and a fresh and light cherry tomato sauce. Finally, because we hadn't yet had a meal where afterward we were still wanting more, the panna cotta with some sort of AMAZING caramel sauce left us as happy as could be.

Once finished, because we had enjoyed some wine with the meal, we were offered a ride home by the generous staff, which will also pick you up. However, as we were only a 5 minute walk away, we enjoyed a finally satisfying meal on our lovely walk through the narrow winding streets of the otherwise vacated town.

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Thank MissaAndy
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

Home-cooked meals served by a friendly staff. Also, offer takeout Pizza. Try the pasta with Wild Boar...excellent.

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Reviewed December 29, 2012

This restaurant was by far our favourite restaurant in all of Italy. One of the staff at our hotel recommended this hotel "this is where the locals go". We couldn't wait to try it. The free shuttle service picked us up from our hotel and took us to C'era una Volta; we were greeted by Gennaro "January" as he called himself. We were seated outside with a wonderful view of Positano. Gennaro recommended the fish of the day (Red Tuna) and we weren't disappointed. The house wine was incredible and the lemoncello was good too! We had lots of food and wine and were very surprised when our bill came - the high quality of food for not a lot of money. It was very inexpensive. We had a chance to meet Gaetano and Teresa - the owners and cooks - such wonderful people and talented chefs. We were so impressed that we decided on our last night in Positano to go back there again - and again were greeted by Gennaro and Francesco! We had something different that night but again the food was so fresh and tasty. It was a rainy night so we had to sit inside, but the atmosphere was like a big family dinner - so much fun. Since eating at this restaurant now that we are at home we have found it difficult to go out to dinner to have a meal that even comes close to this restaurant. We will definitely go back to Positano and of course this restaurant will be on the top of the list of places to go! Thank you Gennaro, Gaetano, Teresa and Francesco for your amazing hospitality!

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Reviewed November 18, 2012

This is a simple establishment high on a hill overlooking Positano. The enthusiasm of the boss infects everyone. We followed his suggestions and ended up with some excellent fish, prepared with Italian sauces. We even drank the house wine which I rarely do. He claimed to have made it himself which usually strikes fear in me but it was quite good. They picked us up with their shuttle right on time with a polite young driver. The bill was low with no compromise on the food. We may go back tonight.

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Thank canuck22SanFrancisco
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Reviewed November 12, 2012 via mobile

I have eaten in Rome, Naples and Florence and this was the best. Great service and mr Gaetano cooked us the best meal that we had eaten on our two week adventure through Italy. We had the fresh fish which was cooked perfectly. The waiter even invited us to go fishing with him! Such a great dinning experience and we will return to Positano just for this restaurant
We would recommend to anyone!!

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Thank matt657
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