As my boyfriend lives in the hood, we are always walking by Positano Coast (2nd and Walnut). From the sidewalk, the renovations (completed maybe 10 months ago) looked pretty cool, but I guess I had a subconscious block about going only for the reason that, well ,I didn't know anyone who had ever been there.
And last night we went. and we were pleasantly surprised. We sat outside which, given the weather , was amazing and the beautiful decorations/images/colors really made me feel like I wasn't in Phila anymore. And sitting on the balcony (there are plenty of tables around this huge restau that are on the balcony) is so much better than sitting at sidewalk level - and I don't think that there is anything like that in Philly.
The food: started off with a crudo (italian ceviche for lack of better word) trio : sscallops with radishes, prawns with something, and tuna. they were fantastic. Also had the fried calamari stuff with creem cheese and diced cherry peppers with marinara and field greens. Delish - tender calamari. Really nicely done. Dinner items are "small plates" meant for sharing - i chose the shrimp scampi (which wasn't a scampi) with a saffron sauce and tomatoes and saffron granita on the side (i din't like that) - shrimp was beautifully done. Boyfriend had veal parmesan which was pounded veal and then rolled with cheese inside and thean breaded and fried. Nice taste if only a touch tough. We tried the capellini with little necks and garlic/parley - excellent. Also had baked potatoe puree - decadent (a teeny bit dry, if hard pressed for a comment). And finally, stuff rigatoni with parsely cream sauce which featured about 10 al dente rigatoni standing on end filled with a smooth ricotta cream surrounded by a parsely sauce topped with 2 slivers of friend proscuitto. Really interesting and pretty and tasty.
Our bill was $89 (not including tip) for all of this - plus two hoegardens and a 1/4 carafe of wine ($11).
Summary: I would go back in a heartbeat. bar is really pretty. Got a "tour" from the manager to talk about private parties - menus for parties looks fantastic. And - it is quiet (not to bashfull looking for quiet places).
I say give it a try.