We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Ratings and reviews



Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
View all details
meals, features
Reviews (163)
Filter reviews
88 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Traveller rating
Show reviews that mention
All reviews lasagna grilled vegetables house wine cliffs prosecco
Selected filters
Updating list...
Reviewed 3 days ago

We were in Amalfi for 6 nights, staying at the hotel across the street. It was raining our first night so we decided to go here since it was the closest spot and we ended up loving it so much that we came back again...our last night! The owner, his wife, and son are wonderful and you feel like you were invited into their home for a meal here. The food is delicious, and the prices are great. The owner's wife makes all of the pasta fresh each morning.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed in Amalfi for 4 days and this was by far the best food we had. We ate at various places in town, as well as our hotel (across the street), and every other place had very bland food that was very expensive. We...decided to stop into La Preferita one night instead of making the trek into town, and honestly weren’t expecting much because of the humble surroundings, but we were pleasantly surprised ! The service was fantastic, the atmosphere was charming and the food was excellent. We had the seafood sauté (incredible flavor!), ravioli, lasagna, and mixed cakes for dessert. Every single thing we ate was good and we loved the fact that this place is family owned and everything was made with love. We came back a second night and tried the caprese salad and the fresh fish (so so good!!) Stop in at La Preferita, you won’t regret it.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 18 August 2021

If you’re looking for an authentic Italian place, this is a must. Family owned business, with fresh and very well prepared food. The place gives you the sensation of being beside of a cliff, with Rocky walls, full of personality. The owner, a lovely gentleman,...always comes around to check if you’re enjoying and this is a lovely extra touch. I have a sweet tooth and I might say, the tiramisu was the best I ever tried. Prices also good for the Amalfi coast. Highly recommend a visit, if you’re looking for good food and not a pretentious like most places we ate in amalfi.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 15 August 2021

We loved our dinner at La Preferita! The staff was so attentive to our needs and desires - and the food was absolutely delicious! We are all vegetarian and found a good variety to choose from. Everything was freshly prepared for us and seasoned perfectly!...The ambiance was cozy and inviting. We had a month-old baby in our family group and the staff were so gracious, kind, and accommodating.Truly a memorable time on our Amalfi vacation!More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 5 February 2020

End October 2019: [2 visits] This place came highly recommended by our hotel nearby and we would pass it on the way into town. It is situated in the side of a mountain across the road from a coastal cliff. The interior is reminiscent of...the 1970's and was kind of grotty. It is run by a family of 3. The son speaks good English and the father a bit and the mother stays in the kitchen and cooks. Night 1: When we arrived it was a ghost town, we walked around and no staff was to be seen only a couple there drinking. A nice old man, one of the owners greeted and seated us after about 5 minutes of waiting - actually we were about to give up. I ordered the mixed seafood grill, shared some fries and had the house wine [they called it Prosecco, but it wasn't]. My friend ordered the grilled chicken and a salad. All the food was cooked well, though some not fresh. The prices were reasonable for the quality and size of meals we got. I do not recommend any of the desserts as they clearly were ready bought and were awful. The staff were very attentive. Night 2: It is very risky trying to get here as you are dodging traffic both ways and small or no pedestrian pathway as it is on a corner of a narrow road. We arrived and they were demolishing a bush outside and also encouraging people to come in. It was quite comical. My friend ordered the 'lasagne' and grilled vegetables - the lasagne or whatever it was, wasn't great. I tried the grilled prawns, of which there were 5 and they weren't fresh and a salad. Both average. Again it was a ghost town with only 2 people seated when we arrived and later when we went past, the same. They say they have a full bar but I asked for a few different things and they didn't have them. My mind is torn - great Staff and service, that try very hard to please but the food and venue are average. You be the judge. *Be sure to read the menu carefully, you may have a giggle or 2.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed 9 September 2019 via mobile

Just as some of the other reviews this place is stuck in the 80s, terrible music, frozen and microwave food quiet possibly the worst meal I have had for some time.

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed 7 August 2019 via mobile

Staying across the road and read the reviews, checked the menu on the way to Amalfi earlier in the day and weren’t expecting much, but loved the nearness to the hotel - no-one wants to pay hotel prices for meals. This is our 2nd big...trip to Europe and we have eaten at an assortment of places, from AU$ 30 each to AU$ 150 each. This place was terrible. We ordered 2x pasta, green salad, 1/2 ltr of house red and 1 beer. 31Euro. Service was straight from the 80s (wrong end of Lygon st for Melbourne readers). Dad took the order, told son the order, walked into kitchen to tell mum the order. Apparently ‘fusilli’ is a short length of pasta slightly wider than fettuccine. This ‘fusilli’ looked very similar to the local pasta - Scialatielli. Not what I was expecting. The seafood (minimal) was obviously pickled in vinegar and not fresh (antipasti seafood?) My wife had the home cooked (?) gnocchi with tomato sauce that tasted ‘straight out of a jar’. The green salad we ordered never arrived. For the entire time we were there, we recognised 2 other couples from the hotel, one couple who were already there on our arrival were obviously over it, the other couple came in towards the end of our meal. No-one else came in from 8pm to 9pm. Dad and son spent the tube outside on the street waving to ‘tooting’ motorists - likely friends not previous customers. Wine was poor, service beyond ‘cheesey’, food was terrible. DONT GO!More

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed 4 July 2019 via mobile

The last night of our stay this time we decided to have dinner right next door to our hotel because we have an early start in the morning so we thought not to walk all the way to Amalfi town. What a nice surprise as...well as ending to our amazing time we had in Amalfi and surrounds. The owner a very happy friendly man. Musically inclined too and created some real Italian ambience by making music. Mama is cooking and making most dishes fresh every day which is in itself a treat. We had home made lasagna and home made gnocchi with mozzarella. Pickled anchovies as starter. Tiramisu after. Limoncello came on the house. Real treat and great evening need we say more.More

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed 1 June 2019 via mobile

We came here to escape the busyness of the town centre. Nicola was amazing. The ambiance in the restaurant was great, not to mention the food which was excellent. At the end of the night we received some music from the host himself which was...very entertaining, then sat down to enjoy some limoncello on the house. Felt very comfortable and had a night to remember. You have to eat here!More

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed 29 May 2019

We stopped at this restaurant that was close to our hotel when we just couldn't walk any more steps after long days of exploring the Amalfi coast. The owner is quite friendly and makes you feel comfortable. We had a very fresh salad and delicious...gnocchi and calamari. The lemon cake dessert was one of the best desserts we had in Italy. Then, to round out the evening, Nicola played the piano while we enjoyed dessert and limoncello. I felt like I was welcomed into his home.More

Date of visit: May 2019
View more reviews
Best nearby
Best nearby hotelsSee all
Hotel Il Nido
391 reviews
.12 km away
Le Palme
344 reviews
.19 km away
Hotel Aurora
760 reviews
.19 km away
Santa Caterina Hotel
1,213 reviews
.23 km away
Best nearby restaurantsSee all
La Bottega Del Ferrari
100 reviews
.70 km away
Hostaria Acquolina
148 reviews
.65 km away
2,076 reviews
.71 km away
Al Cancelletto
761 reviews
.72 km away
Best nearby attractionsSee all
Lido di Ravello
55 reviews
.55 km away
Valle dei Mulini
121 reviews
.52 km away
Amalfi Charter
195 reviews
.30 km away
Maestra dei Villaggi Road
46 reviews
.50 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from La Preferita staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines
Is This Your Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Free Listing
Frequently Asked Questions about La Preferita

La Preferita is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5