The best pastry shops on the Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast has been and will always be one of the favorite destinations for those who love sweets. Whether it’s cakes, creams or sweets, the Amalfi pastry chefs are true masters in preparing them. Among the most famous creations, and suitable for any occasion, we highlight: the lemon delight, based on soft sponge cake, limoncello syrup and lemon cream; the pasticciotto, a treasure chest of crumbly shortcrust pastry containing a delicious filling of custard and black cherries; and the Santa Rosa Sfogliatella, made up of thin layers of puff pastry and garnished with soft custard and black cherries in syrup. These are just some of the many delicacies from the local pastry shop.

Below we offer you a selection of the best pastry shops on the Amalfi Coast.

Sal De Riso pastry shop

Photo © Sal De Riso Pastry Shop

Absolutely not to be missed is the Pasticceria Sal De Riso of the famous pastry chef from Minori Salvatore De Riso, member of the Academy of Master Pastry Chefs since 1994 and Pastry Chef of the year 2010-2011. He has two sales points on the Amalfi Coast: one in Minori, managed directly by him; and the other in Tramonti. In its desserts there is all the flavor of the Amalfi Coast. It uses exclusively noble local ingredients, from Sfusato Amalfitano to Giffoni hazelnuts, from Annurche apples to white figs. Among his creations, those based on lemon stand out: the delight, the profiteroles and the limoncello babas. In addition to desserts, you can find ice cream, preserves, liqueurs and savory foods.

Gambardella pastry shop

Photo © Gambardella pastry shop

Another name worth mentioning is that of Pasticceria Gambardella, located along Corso Vittorio Emanuele in Minori. The company, founded in 1963 by Francesco Gambardella, passes down ancient traditions and typical flavors of the Amalfi Coast. Among its specialties stand out profiteroles, limoncello babas and lemon delights. Gambardella is also a liquor factory (in Piazza Cantilena), where you can buy the inevitable limoncello and other similar delicious drinks based on wild strawberries, blueberries, bay leaves and fennel, which are still produced using artisanal methods. The pastry shop also offers the possibility of taking part in guided tours of its factories.

Pansa pastry shop

Photo © Pansa pastry shop

In Piazza Duomo in Amalfi, in the shadow of the splendid Cathedral of Sant’Andrea, there is the Pasticceria Pansa, one of the oldest confectionery production and tasting environments in the Amalfi area. Founded in 1830 by Andrea Pansa, it is still proudly managed by the same family today. Despite the passage of time, the charm conveyed by the furnishings in perfect nineteenth-century style has remained unchanged. It offers traditional pastries without disdaining innovation and modernity. Worth trying are the dark chocolate bars, the pasticciotto filled with lemon cream, the citrus peels covered in chocolate and the Santa Rosa Sfogliatella, made to perfection.

Savoia pastry shop

Photo © Savoia pastry shop

Also in Amalfi, and precisely along Via Matteo Camera, there is another historic shop selling confectionery products, the Pasticceria Savoia, founded in the early years of the last century by Gaetano Amatruda. His nieces, Carolina and Sara, are at the helm today, but the commitment to customers remains the same: always using excellent raw materials and offering quality products. In addition to traditional holiday desserts (colomba, pastiera, etc.) and the great classics of Neapolitan pastry making (sfogliatella, pasticciotto crema e amarena, etc.), it also offers modern recipes such as the Cappuccino cake, which takes inspiration from the famous Italian drink based on milk and coffee.

La Zagara pastry shop

Photo © La Zagara pastry shop

Finally, we recommend you make a stop at Pasticceria La Zagara, a meeting point for all foodies on the Amalfi Coast and beyond. It is located in the heart of Positano, a few steps from the Church of Santa Maria Assunta, and has been in business since 1950. Its production ranges from the most traditional to modern pastries. Must try: the lemon delight, whose goodness is praised by travelers from all over the world; and the renowned Torta Zagara, which mixes the meltability of chocolate with the sweetness of mandarins in syrup. It also has a welcoming outdoor area covered with climbing plants and flowers.