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Trattoria Il Mare

Via San Michele 7, Catania, Sicily, Italy (Centro Catania)
095317024
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Ranked #109 of 556 restaurants in Catania
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Centro Catania
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English first
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We had lunch at Il mare and loved it. We tried the antipasti tutto il mare: for 13€ I could not imagine to have so many different plates with so many tastes... then somes pasta al pistacio and sword fish, mmmmmm. We could not eat a dessert even though they looked delicious because we were completely full! This restaurant is... More

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Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I am Italian and I love the Sicilian kitchen. Moreover, I can usually eat and well sustain almost any dish you can imagine. Almost. First, with my wife we've been accommodated in the warmest corner, without air conditioning. I had to ask more than twice to make it be switched on. Second, the fish is not exacly fresh and the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We were recommended this family run trattoria by our host Cristina at 5 Balconi, the B&B we were staying at in Catania. We weren't sure that the restaurant was open when we arrived. There were no other diners and no staff to be seen. We looked into the kitchen and after some brief miscommunications, we were led into another room... More

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Dublin, Ireland
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

We found the restaurant again by accident as we were walking around in Catania. All I can say is that this is one of the best restaurants ever. The food is amazing and the service is great, lovely people there. We wen't back again on the next day and we would've gone there every night if our holiday wasn't over.... More

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Timisoara, Romania
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

My friend read on tripadvisor about the place, so this is how we discover it. It was much more than we expected. The food is spectacular. Sea food, fish, pasta in a lot of combinations made this experience a remarkable one. We eat almost every day there, trying to taste all the goodies from the menu. The people are very... More

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Swansea, UK
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69 reviews 69 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

We found the restaurant by accident on our first night in Catania. It was just a small bistro with simple decorations and limited seating. I think the maximum number of diners is 32. The restaurant is clearly a family-run affair and they are really confident that they know what they are doing, so much so that they have no hesitation... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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76 reviews 76 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

This place was recommended,and turned out to be the best meal we had in Sicily. Spaghetti with pistacchio for first course, then baked fish with potatoes and tomatoes for the second course. I thought we were ordering one main course each, but they presented us each a pasta for 1st course and fish for 2nd course. It took a bit... More

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London
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Glad to have found this restaurant on our final night in Sicily. The fish was beautiful and the service was attentive and thoughtful. Just brilliant!

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Yeovil, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Our B&B owner said this is where he chooses to eat. In our last night we thought we'd give it a go and it was excellent. Authentic Italian cuisine, cooked in what looks like the family kitchen. Beautiful pasta, fantastic wine. Service is, as someone else has already said, a bit "Sicilian" but it's certainly not rude. Often us "Westerners"... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

We didn't expect too much here. We'd stayed close by a year ago and hadn't been tempted. It was almost empty when we dropped in on a Monday night but we're glad we took the plunge. Service was a bit, well, Sicilian - a touch offhand - but warmed during the meal and the food was excellent. These people really... More

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