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Lunches in Taormina

gjrubino Jun 15, 2010 11:32 AM

I have dinner plans firmed up in Taormina for my 5 day trip. I am soliciting advice regarding lunch in town or at the local beaches.

Because we will be eating a full dinner each night, I am looking for suggestions regarding light lunches, not multi-couse affairs.

Thank you.

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    daves2009 RE: gjrubino Jun 18, 2010 07:55 AM

    i don't suppose you could share some of your ideas for dinner in Taormina? I am going next month and so far have found it hard to get advice. Looking for somewhere for seafood, a pizza/pasta place and somewhere upscale. Really though, any insight would be helpful - we don't want to waste a single meal whhile we're there :-)

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      gjrubino RE: daves2009 Jul 6, 2010 07:22 PM

      Just returned from Taormina and Rome. I will post a detailed review of Taormina experience on Tripadvisor next weekend. Based upon recs from TA, I ate at Al Sarenco, Principe Cerami, Le Baracoilo, Da Nino (wrong one, per TA),, and Licchios. I found that overall, the food was hit or miss. Every place had at least one good dish, but overall, I was disappointed. I heard that Al Sareno has fantastic pizza (after I visited). The view is great, and the owner is charming. I had the most overall great food at Licchios. If I were to return, I would start at Licchios, return to Al Sareno for pizza, and try the "real" Da Nino (their are 3 within the area, and my concierge apparently booked the wrong one). I would also try the a place that we found randomly for lunch one day, and had some of the best pasta dishes (La Vela on the beach of Giardini Naxos). I cannot recommend Principe Cerami, as they were no better than the other places, except for the pretentiousness and higher prices. I would try the other 1 Michelin starred restaurant in town as well.

      Feel free to email me w/ any questions at gjrubino@yahoo.com. I feel like I spent hours reading Tripadvisor and Chowhound preparing for my trip, yet was still surprised by many things in Taormina and Rome.

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        jen kalb RE: gjrubino Jul 6, 2010 08:17 PM

        glad you reported back.

        For future reference, Im just going to add that Gambero Rosso recommends the following places in Taormina: La Capinera (82/56,60 euros),Casa Grugno (86/60, 85 euros ,also Michelin*),Al Duomo (2 gamberi, 35 euros),. Nero d'Avola (74/52, 50 euros). such tourist oriented towns are going to be pretty difficult since so many of their visitors are not locals/return visitors

    2. katieparla RE: gjrubino Jun 20, 2010 06:50 AM

      My favorite place for lunch in Taormina is Ristorante L'Arco dei Cappuccini – Via Cappuccini n°1. Their antipasti, pastas and fish are all good and you dont have to get all courses.

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        barberinibee RE: gjrubino Jul 7, 2010 02:41 AM

        Enoteche are often good places to get something light plus expand your knowledge of the local wine.

        Here's a list for Taormina:


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