Positano The Amalfi Coast

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Christmas in POSITANO The FEAST of 7 FISH

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The FEAST of The SEVEN FISHES is one of the most beloved Christmas Eve traditions in most Italian-American households– as long as family members eating the ocean’s bounty are seafood lovers. While some people heard tales about Nonna killing eels on the side of the bathtub, two things are true for most: The Feast and the Seven Fishes is all about family and food.

The feast, also known as “la Festa dei Sette Pesci”  in the old country, is a tradition that is popular in southern Italy. It reportedly started in Naples or Sicily and ever traveled north.

The number of fish eaten represents different things for each family. Those who eat seven fishes are representing the seven deadly sins, the creation story, the seven sacraments or the seven virtues of Christian theology: hope, fortitude, charity, faith, temperance, prudence, and justice.

While a definite meaning for the number seven is not known, some families eat as many as 13 types of fish. As few as three can be consumed, too.

Participants of the seafood bonanza indulge in “frutta di mare,” as it’s called in Italian, because Catholic Italians abstain from meat and dairy until Midnight Mass. Similarly, butter cannot be used for preparing the dish. Instead, oil olive is typically used.

Possible menu ideas include baccala (salted cod), scungilli (conch), pupa (octopus), calamari (squid), scallops, shrimp, blue crab, eel, clams, smelt, mussels and Anchovy flavored Pasta .

Some families make Cioppino, a seafood stew that can have has many as seven fishes in one bowl. There’s no rule about how the fish can be eaten. While some people might consume the fishes in one fish, others eat them separately, whether it be baked, steamed or fried.

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Positano Bites Deep

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POSITANO BITES DEEP

 

   I first heard of Positano from Alberto Moravia. It was a very hot day in Rome. He said, “Why don’t you go down to Positano on the Amalfi Coast? It is one of the fine places of Italy”. Later John McKnight of United States Information Service told me the same thing. He had spent a year there working on a book. Half a dozen people echoed this as well. Positano kind of moved in on us and we found ourselves driving down to Naples on our way,” so wrote John Steinbeck for Harper’s Bazaar, May 1953.

    Italy has long been a dream destination for so many, the art, history, endless sights, and incredible food and drink make Italy the most favored destination of millions of travelers each and every year.

    If you are headed on a vacation to Positano, one of Italy’s most favored seaside towns, it’s likely you’ll be driving in some form or the other, whether you are driving yourself down from Rome, or you’ve hired a driver to take you there, or you may be one of many arriving on one of the blue Cita Local Buses driven by the world’s best bus drivers. If so, you will be starting in Sorrento. Whether in a car or one of those blue buses, once you cross over the peninsula of Sorrento from the Gulf of Naples to the Gulf of Salerno, the jaw-dropping beauty of the Amalfi Drive begins to unfold. The 15- kilometer stretch from Sorrento to Positano includes a dramatic succession of curves, sheer cliffs, rocky twists and the most beautiful panoramic vistas you are likely to see in your entire lifetime. This section of the road, known as via Nastro Azzurro, the “Blue Ribbon” climaxes with Positano.

    The coastal drive between Positano and Amalfi delivers 10 miles of picture-perfect vistas that combine brilliant sea views with the dramatic jaggedness of the coastline, you’ll see colors of Azure Blue, bright yellows, pinks, greens, and colors of every spectrum of the Rainbow. It’s all quite stunningl.

    When you finally arrive in Positano you will be greeted by colorfully white and pastel painted buildings that are filled with vibrant Purple Bougainvillea plants pouring generously over their walls. The town is a former fishing village that has been turned into a sort of La Dolce Vita playground. Though the entire coastline is absolutely gorgeous, Positano is arguably the most alluring gem of them all.

   The romance of this pretty little town makes for a jewel of vacation and one you shall always cherish. It’s most assured you will never forget time spent in Positano. When traveling to Positano you immediately notice its abundance of natural beauty and the drama of rugged cliffs that shoot straight up out the blue sea below. These sights are sure to grab you with each and every turn on this, the world’s most beautiful road. You arrive and immediately notice the intoxicating smell of Jasmine that fills the air with its heady aroma.

    “Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone,” author John Steinbeck stated in an article he wrote about Positano for the May 1953 issue of Harper’s Bazaar.

    Steinbeck describes the terror of winding through the Amalfi Coast on a road that “corkscrewed on the edge of nothing”, clutched in his wife’s arms who was “weeping hysterically”. The road to Positano is barely wider than a car and the journey has become no less perilous. With the ocean pinching at you on one side and the mountains cradling you on the other, you spiral down past hordes of scooters that buzz like angry mosquitoes.

     Although Positano has lost its status as a secret known to a select few (myself since 1985), it still remains a gem of a place, with large crowds or not, Positano is still impresses.

 

 

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Insalata Caprese Tomato Basil Mozzarella Salad

 

 

INSALATA CAPRESE
Salad of Mozzarella
Tomatoes & Basil



As the name might imply, this salad
(antipasto) comes from the beautiful Island of Capri in the Bay of Naples. Well
yes, this salad made of fresh Mozzarella, Tomatoes, and Basil (Baz-ZEE-na-gOl)
is eaten all over this lovely island by both natives and the many tourist who
go to Capri to delight in its natural beauty, make a pilgrimage to the famed
Grotta Azzura, swim its pristine deep blue waters, and of course eat some tasty
local food of which the Insalata Caprese is the most famous of all.
This salad is the easiest thing in the
world to make, with the hardest part being to find perfect rip tomatoes to
complement the fresh mozzarella and basil. Once you find good fresh rip
tomatoes, and you’ve got your mozzarella and basil, all you have to do is slice
the tomatoes and mozzarella and dress all with a little salt & pepper, the
basil, and good quality Italian Olive Oil and you’re all set. Put on some nice
Italian Music, get a nice bottle of white or red wine that comes from the
region and you’re all set. Pretend you’re on Capri and you’re in Heaven.








 INGREDIENTS :

 

1 pound Fresh Mozzarella
3-4 ripe Salad Tomatoes (washed)
8 fresh Basil Leaves (washed & dried)
3 tablespoons Italian Olive Oil
Sea Salt & Black Pepper
1.  Slice the Mozzarella into 8 equal slices.
2. Place the Basil leave one-on-top-of-the other. Roll them up. Slice the roll of basil leaves to get thin slices of Basil.
3. Put half the olive oil onto a plate. Slice the tomatoes into 12 equal slices. Place the tomato slices down on the plate of olive to coat each tomato slice with olive oil. Turn each slice over.

Sprinkle a little salt and black pepper over each slice of tomato. Evenly the Basil over all 12 slices of tomato.
4. Get 4 clean plates that you will be serving the Caprese Salad on.

5. Place one slice of tomato down on the plate. Then lay one slice of mozzarella halfway over the tomato slice. Add another slice of tomato to go halfway over the 1st slice of mozzarella, then place another slice of mozzarella halfway over the 2nd slice of tomato.
Place a 3rd and final slice of tomato over the 2nd slice of mozzarella. Repeat this process until you have four plates of Caprese Salad of equal portions. Serve to your guests and enjoy.







 
 
INSALATA CAPRESE
A UNIQUE WAY TO SERVE
CAPRESE SALAD
FRESH MOZZARELLA TOMATO & BASIL
 

 

 

 

 

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Capri Positano Sorrento and The Amalfi Coast

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A BIRDS EYE VIEW

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Remembering Bar DeMartino Positano

 

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The TERRACE of BAR DeMARTINO
Where I Once Sat
Drinking CAMPARI OJ ESPRESSO

 

Once Upon A Time in Positano on the Amalfi Coast not so long ago there was the Bar Di Martino on the curve of Punta Reginella with one of the most scenic panoramas this village of breathtaking panoramas has to offer. Breakfast-lunch-cocktails and late night gathernigs brought together visitors from around the world and local residents in a perennially festive mood to see and be seen. To discuss and argue and create new friendships and appointments for the day and the weeks ahead.



 

 

The Via Pasitea

Bar De MARTINO

 We knew this a little while ago with a message we did not even believe. E ‘died Ciro De Martino, the owner of the homonymous bar in Via Pasitea (where is now the Cafè Positano) that was considered the “good retreat” of artists, writers, intellectuals. The “world” of culture and the real “aficionados” of the pearl of the Amalfi coast “recognized” in this place where time flowed with the slow rhythms typical of that atmosphere of timeless Mediterranean places. Here you happened to meet the great showman, like the poet Gregory Corso (pictured) or artists like Ibrahim Kodra and beyond. You could stretch out from the nightlife of the big beach, then very busy for the by night, climb to “La Scalinatella” and drinking a gin and tonic the time passed chatting until dawn, between adventures and winking, reflections or discussions, a guitar playing and two laughs, when Ciro churned out the hot croissants and, without ever complaining about a presence beyond the maximum term of common tolerance, you could taste them at sunrise. . I remember when he told me about the Beatles, who still owed him something for drinking a latch, or the many artists and painters Hundertwasser, Corsa, Lieto, Rudi and Vali …… Peter Thomson .. He, like the many operators of the past, with a big heart and hands incalled by the hard and honest work of a life, he always welcomed everyone with kindness and humanity. From his bar passed and met the world .. so many stories, unfortunately, we can not hear them anymore … Now Ciro, who ended his days in his little house in Praiano down the stairs of Gavitella, in the “heart” of the coast of Amalfi, it’s not anymore.
 
 

 

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TERRACE of BAR DeMARTINO

Sadly is No More
It’s Now BAR POSITANO
A Much Differrent Place

 

 

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