Fodor’s Expert Review
A local institution, allegedly nicknamed after owner Salvatore Russo's eternal tan, this nautically themed place (the waiters even wear sailor uniforms) cannot be beaten for its location (right on the Spiaggia Grande) or as a great spot for people-watching. Regular visitors include Denzel Washington, who was best man at Salvatore's son's wedding. Despite catering to the day-tripping coachloads, the friendly staff will guide you through the restaurant's specialties, including zuppa di pesce (fish soup) and spaghetti con ricci di mare (spaghetti with sea urchins). Start with the house aperitivo, the grotta dello smeraldo—gin, lemon, and crème de menthe.
Via del Brigantino 19
Positano, Campania 84017, Italy
- House gin, lemon, and crème de menthe aperitivo, the grotta dello smeraldo
- Buzzy atmosphere and late-evening tourist party vibe
- Not necessarily the best great value given the quality of the food