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.
The former Bar DeMartino, is now Caffe Positano, a full service restaurant, as compared to the Italian Caffe / Bar that Bar DeMartino once was. It has been Caffe Positano since 2002. I’ll take Bar DeMartino any day of the week.