Largo S. Maria Maggiore 1-3, Amalfi, 84011
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, Couples, Families with teenagers, Foodies, Singles, Relaxation, Romance
Expert review of Maccus
I found this place quite by accident while wandering around Amalfi's back streets, and I'm so glad I did. It's a real gem: stylish, with an interesting menu - thanks to talented chef Enza - as well as a few set menus, if you're just too busy to make a decision. 'Maccus' (the fool) was one of four characters appearing in the often bawdy 4th-century comic plays known as Atellana - but there's nothing remotely foolish about this operation.
The set menus are great if you're in hurry, but don't be… come ready to relax and enjoy the likes of octopus salad or linguine with a 'pesto' of anchovies, follow that up with the 'catch of the day' and then finish with some local cheeses. The wines are decent and well-priced.
Mediterranean colours rule here: sunny yellow walls are decorated with book-lined shelves, mirrors and a few paintings, with simple wooden tables and chairs laid out with a paper bag full of bread, bottles of water and a glass of prosecco to get you started. It looks and feels really cosy and, thanks to the quality of the food, there's always a jolly atmosphere here.
The staff are friendly but professional.
Walk up the main street and take a right towards the Largo S. Maria Maggiore. You'll find Maccus straight ahead of you.
With pastas starting at 7 euros, if you take it easy you can easily emerge having only spent around 35 euros, including wine, for two, but I'd recommend treating yourself to a few courses - you'll still emerge with a bill of less than 60 euros.
The little piazza in front of the restaurant is laid out with tables. If it's a fine evening, grab one and make a night of it.
More information on Maccus:
- Price guide:
- Largo S. Maria Maggiore 1-3, Amalfi, 84011
- 089 873685
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Tue-Sun noon-2.30pm, 7-10.30pm. Closed Mondays, and January and February.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Essential at peak times