Along the Amalfi Coast, set in the mountains that kiss the Mediterranean Sea is Positano, Italy, our family’s hometown. According to the legend, the original founders and inhabitants of Positano were sailors who were out at sea amidst a great storm. Echoing from the mountains they heard a voice that called out to them “Posa Posa” which, translated from Italian, means “rest, rest.” They sailed upon the rocky shore, finding solace in the coast, and decided to remain there.
Centuries later, our restaurant’s founders emigrated from their beautiful village to New York, with the dream of opening a restaurant that would pay homage the to village they left behind. The original partners, some of whom are recognizable to the frequent customer, are all of that same family that settled here not too long ago.
Partner and chef, Antonino Criscuolo, gained his experience as a chef working in hotels on the Amalfi Coast, including the luxurious Le Sirenuse.
Partner and managers John Mandara and Steven Aiello have striven to make Posa Posa Rockland County’s favorite Italian family restaurant. It has been, for 27 years, that pizza place where the staff knows your name, your face, and your “usual” order.
At the front counter, long time employees with that “rough around the edges” approach (straight out of an episode of Seinfield it seems…) will serve you, our valued customer, an acclaimed slice of pizza.
Planning a trip to Positano on the Amalfi Coast? Please check out the businesses of our family there!
The Bed & Breakfast, Il Pertuso, owned by our head chef’s brother, Alfonso Criscuolo.
The acclaimed restaurant, Il Ritrovo, is owned by our cousins, Salvatore and Paolo.
The luxurious clothing brand, Brunella, with garments that are hand-made in Positano is owned by our cousin, his wife, and her family.