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Review of La Preferita

La Preferita
Ranked #51 of 116 Restaurants in Amalfi
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Reservations
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.

Date of visit: August 2021
Thank Caroline M
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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!

Date of visit: August 2021
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Thank holland5
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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.

Date of visit: October 2019
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Thank Swelltraveller67
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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
2  Thank danielhD9198WX
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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.

Date of visit: August 2019
2  Thank M1996EYandyc
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