Our time in Positano was almost over, so it was time to get our last minute shopping done, pack and since it was going to be a rainy afternoon, get massages.
We had passed an enticing petite cafe on Via Pasitea, just down from the Boutique Rino shop we bought our linen shirts, and decided to go there for lunch. The name is Casa e Bottega Food and Design, and we were instantly drawn to their bright white interior with beach-themed accents and green, aqua and turquoise accent pieces.
We loved this Positano bag below on the door, and we discovered that the shop owner has them custom made from local artisans. The bag maker was actually there while we were lunching with samples for the 2016 bags. The pottery, linens and accents are for sale and they can also handle custom orders.
The pottery sea creatures and flattened glass plant vases hanging from the ceiling were some of my favorite things!
Surprisingly there is prickly pear on the Amalfi Coast and this Italian artist has turned it into an attractive ceramics motif.
We’re so distracted by all the pretty things it takes us a while to decide on our lunch selections.
The little dog that was outside the shop when we arrived must be a local regular. She walked in, sniffed out us dog people and settled in for a nap.
Now, to the food… This is an organic cafe that serves freshly-made offerings that are different from the usual Italian fare. They have salads, sandwiches, quiches, specials of the day, smoothies and desserts, and there are gluten free options. Yummmm…A perfect lunch! My favorite was the quiche of the day. The owner is Tanina Vanacore and Monica and Denise both got her autographed cookbook “Tanina’s Kitchen Diary” to take home. Along with delicious recipes and tips, it has gorgeous photos around Positano. The perfect memorable souvenir!
Tanina’s daughter was there and she told us about their other family restaurant, Ristorante Next2 that was just up the street from our apartment. So we decided we’d try that for our last dinner in Positano.
Monica and Denise did a bit more shopping, getting some more handmade shoes for their daughters.
It was time for our afternoon massage appointments at Hotel Poseidon, and we arrived in a downpour! We had stopped by and gone up to make appointments that morning. http://www.hotelposeidonpositano.it/
Luckily I had snapped a few pictures on the way past a few days earlier. They were celebrating their 60-year anniversary and have a four-star status.
We had to wait a few minutes until our massage time, so walked around the hotel a bit and out onto their pool terrace when the rain stopped. They have the oldest elevator in Positano and it comes with instructions! Monica and Denise took a selfie to remember their ride.
They have a lovely terrace with great views over Positano.
Charming hand-painted tiles inset into the floor tileThe neighbor’s porch…It was time for our massages, which were wonderfully relaxing after all of our walking those stairs and hills! We returned the the apartment to finish packing up and rest a while before dinner at Ristorante Next2.The girls decided to have fun getting dressed up, and Denise thought I needed some work (she has 4 sisters) – it cracks me up every time I look at this. This is the only evening photo you’ll see of me.
So we’re dressed up and the rain has passed, so we sashay up the street to Ristorante Next2. Here’s their website so you can see more of their ambiance. Reservations are recommended. Here’s Denise and Monica and our lovely, delicious selections. http://www.next2.it/en/restaurant_next2_positano.html
I loved the bathroom art – they obviously have a great sense of humor!
Tomorrow its up and out to drive back to Rome for the next three nights.
Buona notte ~ Next stop – Rome!