Amalfi Coast is a stretch of coastline on the southern side of the Sorrentine Peninsula of Italy extending from Positano in the west to Vietri sul Mare in the east. It is known as Costiera Amalfitana in Italian.
Amalfi Coast is known for its rugged terrain, scenic beauty, and picturesque towns. Vietri sul Mare, Cetara, Maiori, Minori, Ravello, Atrani, Amalfi, Praiano, Scala and Positano are beautiful towns lying on the Amalfi Coast. The charming Coast is listed by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage site.
Major attractions of the Amalfi Coast include Duomo, the church of Santa Maria Assunta in Positano, the churches of San Salvatore del Birecto and of Santa Maria Maddalena in Atrani, Villa Cimbrone and Villa Rufolo in Ravello, the churches of San Luca and San Gennaro in Praiano, the church of San Pancrazio in Conca dei Marini, and the church of Santa Trofimena and the ancient Roman villa in Minori.
Amalfi Coast is a great tourist destination known for its wide variety of delicious cuisine and culinary. If you looking for a vacation destination with fine foods and wines, Amalfi Coast is your perfect destination. You can enjoy eating and drinking by the seaside. Some of the famous foods and wines of Amalfi Coast are listed below.
Fior di latte: It's mozzarella like fresh cheese made from cow milk from the nearby Monti Lattari (Milk Mountains). Fior di latte features a rich creamy color and is often found in the shape of treccia (plait).True mozzarella is made from buffalo and cow milk that comes from the plains South of Salerno, towards Paestum and Battipaglia.
Provola: It's smoked fior di latte that can be enjoyed on its own or in parmigiana di melenzane, or even on pizzas.
Fresh caciotta: It is daily made fresh cheeses served plain or stuffed with basil or rocket leaves. You can also enjoy it wrapped in lemon leaves and grilled.
Vegetables: Fresh vegetables grown near Amalfi have a rich ripe flavor. Corbara's small tomatoes are distinctively sweet. Eggplant (or aubergines) is a staple of the local cuisine. Eggplant patties and involtini are highly popular on the coast. The deep fried or baked Eggplant patties, and the involtini, the deep fried slices of eggplant rolled and stuffed with fior di latte and basil leaves are mouth wateringly delicious.
The delicious pie Melenzane al cioccolato is made from aubergines and chocolate (deep fried aubergines, covered in dark chocolate, candied fruits and orange peel). Zucchini (or courgettes) are also used in many local dishes.
Scialatielli (Pasta): It's fresh local pasta consisting of thick and short strips made out of just flour and water, sometimes with the addition of parsley. Scialatielli looks similar to spaghetti or fettucine and it's served with seafood or other traditional Italian sauces.
Fish and seafood: Amalfi Coast offers an extensive variety of seafood including locally caught and served fresh pezzogna, sarago, orata and spigola. Locally seafood is served all'acqua pazza that is a light broth made with oil, garlic, parsley and pomodorino (a small tomato grown in the mountains). Totani e patate is a typical dish of the Peninsula, It's a dish comprising a unique casserole of potatoes and totani (a dark member of the calamari family).
Wines: Amalfi Coast offers exceptionally outstanding variety of wines. Some of the popular wines include Tramonti, Costa d'Amalfi, Furore, Taurasi, Aglianico, Greco di Tufo, Fiano, and Falanghina.
Desserts: Local cakes and pastries are some common desserts on the coast. Some of locally popular desserts include delizia al limone, (lemon delight), the torta caprese, and baba soaked in limoncello.