Friday, August 7, 2009


Cooking Vacations Positano August 2009

Cooking Vacations

Italian Food News

Summer in Italy is always hot, hot, hot, and this year is no exception. Each morning by 8am the glorious sun rises early over the Tyrannian Sea peeking around Praiano onto Positano and casting temperatures at 30C., or 86Farenheit.

By mezzo giorno it is over 100F, and locals close shop and head to Da Ferdinando at Fornillo Beach. Mamma Celeste, mom to 7, grandma to 13 and great grandma to 3, is the Chef in charge. With her sons Guido & Marco, and grandsons Nando, Ferdinando and Francesco, Mamma is behind the stove and cooking! Local fresh ingredients from her garden fill the the wooden tables set under the shade. Fresh smoked Provolone grilled between lemon leaves, frutti di mare insalata, totani & patate (a local calamari and potato delicacy slow cooked), Paccheri con spada, (wide tube pasta with fresh caught sword fish slow cooked in cherry tomatoes), and lots of green bean and potato salad dressed with our olive oil are lunch specials, and a creamy gelato to follow.

With the world of Italy closing from 1pm to 4pm in the afternoon, why not head down for a beachfront pranzo at Ferdinado’s with Mamma Celestes’ & Company. Beach chairs to follow and an afternoon nap under the sun, is the recipe of the day for our long days of summer on the Amalfi Coast. Front row chairs on the seafront go fast, to reserve call Guido at 089.875.365.

A Note From The Garden

The hot and dry weather on the Amalfi Coast cultivates prolific verdant gardens climbing and cascading everywhere. Heavy pumpkin vines hang over ancient stone walls holding the heat of the summer days, while below country baskets magically suspended catch the almost ready fruit, if you can picture it! We captured a photo for Signore Antonio’s pumpkin. Signore also picked the first watermelon of the summer from our garden, we will bring it down to Ferdinando’s beach and share it -for an afternoon spuntino on the sea.

Read on and discover a few of our local summer recipes, because no matter where you are, we are sending you safe travels and great cooking from sunny Positano!

Buon Appetito!