My Favorite Beach in Positano






I first spent a couple wonderful days at La Scogliera Beach Club way back in the Summer of 1985. I was a young man of just 23 back then, and getting a Chaise Lounge and hanging out at La Scogliera was like a dream come true. Like I had seen in movies as a kid, Agent 007 James Bond and the like swimming exclusive Mediterranean Beach, lounging at exclusive beach clubs with beautiful European Women, and living “The Good Life,” and here, so was I. Yes it was a dream come true. Most young men my age would have opted for one of the free beaches, but not I. I would pay more to be among the beautiful people. Especially the gorgeous bikini clad girls. Or just half a bikini? Just the bottoms as the sun bathed going topless, I must say I enjoyed it all so very much. I had my chaise lounge, Campari & OJ, lovely music playing, the Sun, the Sand, the Beach, Beautiful Women, “yes, I was in 7th Heaven,” to say the least, I felt like a King back then. Being in Positano, gorgeous girls, great Italian Food, Cocktails, gelato, properly pulled Espresso, the World’s Best Pizza, the Casa Albertina, “what more could I want?” Not much I tell you. I was oh so happy those days in Positano, on the Amalfi Coast, Italy, for I was living my dream. My dream I saw on all those James Bond movies, growing up as a young boy in 1960s and 70s America.

We went to the Rivoli Theater in Rutherford, New Jersey. Yes I watched Bond, Sean Connery and Roger Moore, and I wanted to be just like them. Well, not a Secret Agent, but I wanted to travel the World, going to exotic locals with beautiful women, Deluxe Hotels, cars, Champagne & Caviar, as they say. Yes, movies like Summertime (Venice), William Holden in Hong Kong in The World of Suzy Wong, Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca, “that’s what I wanted,” and here I was at the exclusive beach club La Scogliera in Positano, on the Jet-Set Amalfi Coast. My dreams had come true. I savored it all, took it all in, and was appreciative at being there, in this one of the World’s most beautiful spots of all.

I spent my day, just hanging out, either lounging on my chaise lounge, sipping my Campari, soaking in the Amalfi Coast Sun. I swam a lot. Yes, I’m not usually a beach person, except when I’m in places like; Capri, Positano, the Costa Brava, or French Riviera. Then I become one. A beach person, and so when I’m on Capri or Positano, I hang at the beach and spend quite a lot of time swimming the Mediterranean (Tyrrhenian Sea). I go in the water, and I’m swimming at least 15 to 20 minutes at a time, even up to 30 minutes before getting out of the water. Oh yes, I love swimming the waters of Capri (Da Luigi Beach Club) and Positano. I swim out and just float there at times, looking at the town that just seems to sprout and shoot up out of the sea, straight up to dizzying heights above. This scene is quite dramatic and awe inspiring, both on Capri and Positano, and I love it. Yes I love floating on my back and looking out at the beautiful scene before me, the seagulls are singing, and I can faintly hear the music at the club, and chitter-chatter of people on the beach. It all blends together for the most lovely sound. That special sound of the seashore, do you know what I mean?

Yes, back in 1985, as a young man, I paid more ($8) to be and the beach, and felt it was worth every penny to be there. These days, a chaise lounge can run you anywhere from 20 to 40 Euro for the day, depending upon the time you are there, the price varies. Now I would not pay 4o Euro a day, that’s a bit much. I would however pay 25 Euro to have a private chaise at La Scogliera Beach Club, Positano. That’s the price (25 Euro) I pay for a chaise lounge and towel at Da Luigi Beach Club on by the Faraglioni Rocks in Capri. Expensive? Yes, but worth every penny to treat yourself to a special treat, “don’t you think?”






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Asparagus Potato Frittata Amalfitana




Fritatta are flat Italian Omelettes, that Italians love to eat for lunch, as a light dinner, maybe preceded with some kind of green salad which might include an Insalta Caprese. Fritatta are much loved on the Amalfi Coast as they can be made with just about anything you. like, especially any vegetables that they grow in the area. Potatoes, Spinach, Sweet Peppers, and Zucchini are among the favorites, and are usually always seasoned with grated cheese. Spaghetti Fritatta is a favorite in Naples as well as on the coast. It’s tasty, seasoned with some tomato and Pecorino or Parmigiano Cheese, and it’s a great way to get rid of leftover Spaghetti.


   Potato & Asparagus Frittata

Both potatoes and asparagus are much loved on the Amalfi Coast, and both vegetables find there way in many dishes, including; soups, pasta, and as here in frittata. You can make the frittata with just three 3 eggs if you like to have a nice lunch or light dinner for one. Or make it with 5 or 6 eggs as it calls for in the recipe below, and you can serve a wedge of frittata as part of mixed antipasti, eat a couple pieces for a snack in-between meals, and it is a great item to bring along with Aracini, Salami, and Cheese for a nice beacch-lunch or picnic anywhere at all. Enjoy it.

Ingredients :

1 large Idaho Potato, peeled and sliced ¼” thick

10 medium Asparagus, washed, sliced 1” pieces

5 X-Large Eggs, beaten

¼ cup grated Parmigiano

1 1/2 Tablespoons Butter

Olive Oil, Salt, & Black Pepper

Fill a medium pot ¾ full with water. Add 1 teaspoon of Salt. Bring water to the boil and add potatoes. Once the water comes back to the boil, let potatoes cook for one minute then add the asparagus.

Continue cooking the potatoes with the asparagus until the potatoes and the asparagus are both getting slightly tender, yet firm at the same time, 4-5 minutes.

Drain the vegetables in a colander and set aside.

Place the eggs in a medium bowl, add a half teaspoon each of both Salt & Black Pepper and beat eggs to combined. Add grated Parmigiano and mix into the eggs.

Place a large 10-12” non-stick frying pan on top of stove and add 5 tablespoons of olive oil to pan. Add the potatoes and asparagus and bring to medium heat. Season with a pinch each of salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat for 4-5 minutes, stirring a couple times to get all sides cooked.

Add 1 tablespoon of Butter to the pan and let it completely melt.

Turn the heat on to high, and add the eggs. Mix vigorously with a wooden spoon, until most of the eggs are cooked. Turn heat off.

Place a very large plate the can completely cover the frying pan. Flip the pan so it is upside down and the frittata falls into the plate.

Add the remaining butter and a bit more olive oil to frying pan. Turn heat to medium and add the frittata with the un-cooked side going into the pan to cook. Turn heat to low and cook about 1 minute until the eggs are completely cooked. Turn heat off.

Slide the Fritatta onto a clean plate. Cut into wedges and serve immediately or let cool and serve at room temperature.

Excerpted from POSITANO – The AMALFI COAST  by Daniel Bellino Zwicke

Coming Soon … June 2019



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