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  • Melanie Beard

Four Hundred Candles in Positano

Illuminated by the romantic light of four hundred of candles, La Sponda glitters under the starlit sky of Positano. With this unforgettable atmosphere, the restaurant is a stage where great culinary experiences take place; a gastronomical paradise that plays with our senses and takes a momentary but firm hold on the very fibers of our beings, etching itself in our memories for eternity.

The light Mediterranean cuisine of La Sponda is based on fresh local ingredients and inspired by the great culinary traditions of Naples and the Amalfi Coast. A favorite of many, the Italian cuisine is internationally recognized for the richness of its flavors and the freshness and variety of its ingredients.

Just 29 years old at the time of his appointment as La Sponda’s executive chef in the spring of 2016, Gennaro comes from the town of Somma Vesuviana, east of Naples. Over the 2014 and 2015 seasons he worked as La Sponda’s sous chef de cuisine under former executive chef Matteo Temperini. His menus will continue to reflect the light, Mediterranean approach pioneered at La Sponda by Temperini, who is acknowledged by the young executive chef as “my number one teacher”. Gennaro's golden rule is, he says, “respect for the territory, for local ingredients and local traditions”.

Every moment of the culinary experience that we lived here was one of pure pleasure. From the fresh Spaghetti with sea urchin to the juicy meat cuts, every dish was a symphony of aromas, textures, and tastes that submerged us in a world of pleasure and gastronomic tradition with every bite.

This culinary gem is housed in the famous and iconic La Sirenuse Positano hotel, a member of Leading Hotels of the World. The hotel is located in the heart of the town of Positano, on the picturesque "Amalfi Drive", just 55 km south of Naples. Perched on the sea, its rooms, terraces, bar and restaurant are an oasis of peace and silence, illuminated by a view that takes our breath away.

The iconic reddish building of Le Sirenuse towers over the picturesque town of Positano on the endlessly beautiful Amalfi Coast. With a surreal and sophisticated charm, this gem embodies all the romance and lifestyle that we expect from the most hedonistic destination in all of Italy.

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