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De Fiore

Centro Catania
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Via Coppola, 24/26, Catania, Sicily, Italy
095 316283
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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Worth the wait

Many others have commented on how slow the service is here; Lonely Planet describes it as "excruciatingly slow" and that is pretty accurate. Be prepared to step back in time. The restaurant inside is a cross between a cave and somebody s front room. Not many tables and when we went on a Friday... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 11, 2015
David H
York, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
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2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We saw the trattoria recommended in a popular guidebook to Sicily. It was highly praised and we went prepared to endure the slow service. We were disappointed to find that the food was mediocre by comparison to other places, but was at least reasonably priced. The pasta was tasty, but the sauces were lacking definition and were generally unremarkable. We... More 

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Durban, South Africa
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141 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Arrived early hoping that the service issues would not affect early dining when only a few diners in the restaurant. Not to be! Mamma Rosanna works to her own beat and that precludes the needs and wants of her customers. It appears she only heads into the kitchen when there is some sort of critical mass ito numbers of diners.... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Many others have commented on how slow the service is here; Lonely Planet describes it as "excruciatingly slow" and that is pretty accurate. Be prepared to step back in time. The restaurant inside is a cross between a cave and somebody s front room. Not many tables and when we went on a Friday lunch we were the first in.... More 

Thank David H
Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

A warm, authentic atmosphere and delicious food. Everything is absolutely fresh here, and all the ingredients are perfectly balanced. The Pasta alla Norma was a real gastronomic experience. It is true that waiting is far beyond the average, but this too somehow becomes part of the general atmosphere. Highly recommended.

Thank Margalit F
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33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

If you want fast food, go next door; if you want slow, freshly cooked dining in what feels like someone's front room, then De Fiore is perfect. Mamma Rosanna is a caricature of an Italian 'chef de patron': warm, embracing (literally) in the restaurant; a firebrand in the kitchen, and with the words to go with it. I could not... More 

Thank Pippintraveller
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

After reading lonely planet rave review we made it to trattoria de del diode along with an entire restaurant full of other tourists. The cooking felt authentic but wasn't in any way exceptional. We had the pasta al Norma, antipasti, sardines, anchovies and a fennel salad. Most disappointing was the sardine dish - sardines stuffed with cheeses and olives -... More 

Thank beachsylv
Basel, Switzerland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

We arrived at 9.30 in the evening and it took the waiter 45(!)min to bring us our water and whine! We left the place at 11.45 and had 2 primi piatti (pasta) and 2 secondi (meat). We waited over an hour to get our first dish... VERY VERY slow food - not to be recommended! The food was good but... More 

Thank Simon W
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

Food was quite tasty, but don't go there if you're really hungry! It took us two hours to go through starter (sharer for 2) and two main courses (1 each). Meals were worth waiting but not for that long, prices were decent, service very slow but friendly.

Thank Bart S
Guadalajara, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

Amazing food, cooked by Mamma Rosanna herself, it's a long wait for the food (since she cooks each dish herself from scratch) but well worth it and great prices (our bill was less than 40euros for two people, two courses, wine wand water!)…would definitely recommend!

Thank lynsey a
Siena, Italy
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

We came here because it is supposed to be THE PLACE to eat Pasta alla Norma. I've never quite understood the passion that Italians (and others) have for pasta. Yes it can be quite nice but it is just pasta with something added, in this case a rich aubergine sauce. Yes it was nice, but really, it can only be... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Via Coppola, 24/26, Catania, Sicily, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Sicily  >  Province of Catania  >  Catania>  > Centro Catania
  • Neighborhood: Centro Catania
  • Phone Number: 095 316283

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean, Pasta

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups


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