Pricey Positano brings Italy to the Main Line

A view of Positano’s Italian interior design – photo by Matt Mignucci ’20

As we sat at our table looking out the storefront window, we didn’t see the beautiful city of Positano overlooking the Amalfi Coast, but, instead, Ardmore’s bustling Lancaster Avenue. This month, I was once again joined by Sixth Formers Teddy Curran and Chris Tsetsekos. As soon as we walked into Positano’s , we felt a sense of welcome from the lighting and decor.

     “It’s spacious interior and elegant furniture created a storytelling environment for our comfortable dinner,” Tsetsekos said.

     Curran also enjoyed the layout.

     “The quaint, calm environment proved to be a great setting for a nice dinner with some friends,” Curran said.

     Our waiter was attentive and brought us bread immediately, which Curran appreciated. Tsetsekos thought we had great service from our waiter. The waiter “brought our food out timely and even cracked a few jokes with us.”

     For our appetizer, we enjoyed the meatballs. The sauce was solid, but I thought the meatball itself was slightly lackluster in texture and flavor. Then again, I have never liked a meatball that was not my grandmother’s, so I guess I am a little biased. There were only three small meatballs included in the appetizer, so conveniently we could all have one. On the other hand, it was not convenient that those three mini-meatballs would cost twelve to fifteen dollars, more expensive than expected. We found these inflated prices to be a recurring theme throughout our dinner.

     Next came our entrees. I ordered the Clams and Spaghetti in White. My clams were a little salty, and the pasta was a little bland. My dish barely had any clam sauce, and the clams weren’t cooked with the pasta itself, which likely resulted in its disappointing flavor. However, I appreciated that my pasta was a very nice al dente, which is hard to find.

The clams and spaghetti in white sauce – photo by Matt Mignucci ’20

     Curran ordered the Chicken Parm, and he was happy with the quality of his dish.

     “Compared to the Chicken Parm at Fellini’s…it was much crispier and had a better tasting sauce,” Curran said. “The only negative I have is the fact that the chicken was a bit tougher than I prefer.”

     Tsetsekos went for one of the specials for the night: a nice ravioli dish with an aurora blush sauce and peas. 

The ravioli special – photo by Matt Mignucci ’20

     “I was satisfied with my dish’s presentation and was not let down by its taste,” Tsetsekos said.

     To finish off our meal, Curran and I indulged ourselves in a variety of sorbets—Chris was not interested in any of the dessert options. I was extremely disappointed when I found out that they did not have cannoli, but the presentation of my mango sorbet made up for it. I was presented with half of a frozen mango with the sorbet inside the mango’s skin. Ted ordered the lemon sorbet, and it was presented in between two halves of a lemon rind. The sorbet was fruity, refreshing, and a great way to finish my meal.

     Overall, the food was solid and the service was great. However, it was too pricey. My classmates echoed this criticism.

     “The only downside I had from Positano’s was my food value, as I found my raviolis to not come in large quantities for its high price,” Tsetsekos said. “Other than that, I would highly recommend Positano’s to anyone looking for a semi-formal Italian restaurant on the Main Line.” 

“The good food and relaxing vibe made for a great experience, but the price might have been a bit too high.”

Teddy Curran ’20

     “Overall, the good food and relaxing vibe made for a great experience, but the price might have been a bit too high,” Curran said.

     Our score for Positano is an 8.1/10. We would recommend it for anyone looking for an Italian restaurant with some family or friends. Just be mindful that it is a little pricey.