I am writing this post while waiting in Taormina for my taxi to take me to the airport after a beautiful and relaxing weekend in Sicily. It certainly was a trip to remember, packed with new experiences and a belly so full, my trainer is going to faint!
Italy is the land of exquisite cuisine, and Sicily is certainly not shy to show its delicious talent! The island is packed with restaurants and you really cannot go wrong when choosing a place to eat. Nevertheless, I shall be giving you guys a quick tour around the restaurants I have eaten at on my weekend trip to Taormina.
1. Maffei’s Restaurant
A little restaurant nestled in the winding side streets of Taormina centre, this restaurant could be easily missed by the unadventurous traveller! This gem of a restaurant provides a well shaded outdoor area and yummy dishes. The green ivy and lilac flowers surround you as you relax in the breezy courtyard – a perfect place to relax and unwind after a day of exploration!
I suggest you try the Spaghetti ai Ricci di Mare – a tasty dish of spaghetti with a dollop of sea urchin sauce – and Melanzane Ripiene – Aubergines filled with capers, breadcrumbs and other ingredients I couldn’t possibly make out! And now, for the desserts! You cannot travel to Italy and not try out their amazing Tiramisu’. Another excellent homemade dessert is the Panna Cotta with a drizzle of chocolate to finish it off!
This restaurant is found on the main street of the city centre and treats its clients to a spectacular view overlooking the crystal blue sea of the Mediterranean. I opted for the pizzeria as opposed to the restaurant – the latter being slightly more posh and slightly more expensive! True to the rich italian sense of fashion, we were attended to by a very well dressed, albeit eccentric, gentleman.
The pizza here is very good and the view just tops it off! My cousin also claims to have seen Fiorello entering the restaurant! If you’re not familiar with italian celebrities, he is very famous (and very handsome, ladies) thus proving that this food haven is the place to be!
Another pizzeria enters my list of go-to places for pizzas – Tiramisu’. This place was recommended by a lovely lady working at the hotel in which I was residing. The semi-outdoor eating area can prove to be quite hot, especially for us hot-blooded Maltese, so I suggest you try it out for dinner. The pizza here is by far one of the best pizzas I have ever eaten, and believe me, after 5 months living in Rome, I know my pizzas quite well! The colours are superb and the crust oh so thin and crispy that every bite of this delicious pizza melts onto your awaiting taste buds!
Longing for something refreshing in the mediterranean summer heat? Then head to Bam Bar for some mouth watering granitas á la siciliana! Pop by in the afternoon for additional flavours!
If you’re looking for some short excursions out of Taormina, the following two restaurants will surely not leave you hungry for more!
4. Garden da Nino
This truly Sicilian restaurant in the heart of Giardini Naxos will welcome you with charismatic smiles all round. I recommend you try the mixed seafood dishes as a starter followed by a fresh fish of your choice. End the meal with an espresso and some Vino di Mandorla!
5. Hotel da Peppe
Ah, Peppe’s! If you’re lucky enough to get to meet the bearded Peppe, be sure to ask about his unique yellow boat! A lover of the sea and anything related to it, he can surely recommend a meal of scampi, risotto or spaghetti al dente with the most heavenly clams I have ever tasted… and I hail from the mediterranean island of Malta! This restaurant in Letojanni is definitely one to visit.
Taormina is a beautiful place to visit, so be sure to make your way there if you are ever on the wonderful island of Sicily!
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