Positano Coast Restaurant – Escape to Italy’s Mediterranean in Philly

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Have you ever been to a restaurant that literally transports you to another place entirely? With all our dining out fun, we have never actually had that kind of an experience until our visit to Positano Coast restaurant in Philadelphia.

Restaurants in Philly – Discovering Positano Coast

My husband and I take a bi-yearly romantic getaway. This year we chose Philadelphia. The Old City of Philly, to be specific.

Our hotel was located right in the heart of the Historic District in Philadelphia and my goal was to do no driving while staying here. So that helped in narrow our search greatly.

Once I had the location pinpointed, the rest came easy. Few restaurants truly stood out with exceptional reviews and a unique menu. Positano Coast by Aldo Lamberti won the prize.

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I have to say this the webpage doesn’t allow you to fully understand what you are about to enter into.

Most restaurants, I reckon, work hard on having their interior design truly bring out the flavor of what they offer. But with my past experience, most fail at that.

Not Positano Coast.

The second you enter the restaurant you automatically feel like you are on the Amalfi Coast of Italy.

Wow! My husband and I couldn’t get enough of it.

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My strong recommendation is to sit in the lounge area, this is more open and it allows you to pretend you are on a cliff overlooking the crystal blue Mediterranean waters, while enjoying the most authentic Mediterranean cuisine we’ve ever tasted.

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Photo Tour of Positano Coast 

The menu is broken down into several sections: Crudo and Carpaccio, Raw Bar, starters (appetizers), small plates, main dishes, and dessert

We had a little bit of everything, and I suggest you do the same. The prices are very affordable, so if you get a couple of small dishes with one or two main dishes, it is the same price as one main dish.

Crudo and Carpaccio

Tuna Tartare – it comes on a bed of avocado, chile, chives, cilantro pesto

TUNA TARTARE - positano coast - old city philadelphia

Starters

Fresca Salad – Carrots, spinach, red frill mustard lettuce, shaved asparagus, garlic chips, prosecco vinaigrette

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Small Plates

Sea Urchin Pasta – this is a super special flavor and not for everyone – Black squid ink pasta, sea urchin, tomatoes, crabmeat

SEA URCHIN PASTA - positano coast - old city philadelphia

Verde Rissotto – I’m a big rissotto fan. When you taste this dish, the first thing that pops into mind is that it tastes very green. Honestly, until tasting this I would have never gotten that idea, that something can actually taste like a color, but that’s the only way I can describe this flavor.

It’s made with mixed peas, pioppini mushrooms, goat cheese.

VERDE RISOTTO - positano coast - old city philadelphia

Main Dishes

Chicken Ripieno – this was by far my favorite – Stuffed with herbs, French green beans, cauliflower purée, sage marsala wine sauce.

CHICKEN RIPIENO - positano coast - old city philadelphia

Scottish Salmon – Broccoli, olives, limoncello sauce.

SCOTTISH SALMON - positano coast - old city philadelphia

Dessert

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Cocktails

The restaurant also specializes in a ton of unique, and truly different styled cocktails. If you’re into trying new drink concoctions, this is your place.

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Fun info about Positano Coast and the Chef – Aldo Lamberti

  • The decoration of the restaurant is inspired by the seaside hometown of the owner – Aldo Lamberti, in Italy.
  • Inside the restaurant you will find imported cobalt blue tile floor, life size images of the Amalfi Coast and second floor view of Old City.
  • During warmer months, Positano Coast offers three outdoor atmospheres to experience al fresco dining.
  • It is part of Aldo Lamberti’s family of restaurants which include: Caffee Aldo Lamberti, Tutti Toscani, Forno Pizzeria & Grille, Luna Rossa Biagio Lamberti, Lamberti’s Cucina, Aldo Lamberti Trattoria

Who is Aldo Lamberti

  • In 1963, thirteen year-old Aldo Lamberti arrived in the United States with his family from Naples.
  • His father Giuseppe, opened a pizzeria in Brooklyn, New York.
  • Giuseppe taught Aldo how to make pizza and his Mom taught him how to prepare her traditional Italian specialties.
  • Between 1969 and 1974 the family operated two restaurants on Long Island.
  • At 27, Aldo went back to Italy to expand his culinary education.
  • Upon his return to the United States in 1985 he opened his first Ristorante Lamberti on Brace Road in Cherry Hill, New Jersey (now known as Lamberti’s Tutti Toscani)
  • Then he opened Caffe Lamberti (today known as Caffe Aldo Lamberti) at the former Garden State Race Track Circle and continued opening more.

Video Fun

Info for Visiting Positano Coast 

Address: 212 Walnut Street, 2nd Floor, Filadelfia 19106

Phone: (215) 238-0499

Price: $23 and under

Hours:

Monday to Thursday 11:30 – 22:30

Friday 11:30 – 23:00

Saturday 12:00 – 23:00

Sunday 12:30 – 22:30

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2 Responses to Positano Coast Restaurant – Escape to Italy’s Mediterranean in Philly

  1. This is such a great idea and looks very well executed – making guests feel immersed in the culture along with the cuisine of a different people is a memorable experience. Thanks for the post!
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  2. Natalie says:

    Liking the decor but don’t think the menu is my preference
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