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Ristorante La Gazza Ladra

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Via Blandini, 11, 97015 Modica, Sicily, Italy
+39 0932 755655
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Description: Inside Palazzo Failla Hotel, one of the most interesting late-Baroque...
Inside Palazzo Failla Hotel, one of the most interesting late-Baroque jewels of the area, you'll meet the sophisticated charm and elegance of the restaurant La Gazza Ladra. The intimate, essentially elegant black and white 'salotto' was inspired by the colours of the magpie, the bird from which the restaurant derives its name. With the gentle but genuine touch of the chef David Tamburini guests are taken to an unexpected Sicily, both ancient and modern at once, by meals made up of special ingredients fuelled by fascination. In summertime, the dinner is served in the quiet and private lemon garden, where the guests can relish the scents and the cool evening breeze.
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  • 11
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  • 5
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
First visit in Modica

This was in oct 2012, Was a great evening At that time the chef was Acursio, he opened his own restaurant now in Modica bassa.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 23, 2015
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  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

This was in oct 2012, Was a great evening At that time the chef was Acursio, he opened his own restaurant now in Modica bassa.

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Kirkcudbright, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Strange sensation being the only person in a restaurant, offputting the commis waiter pacing up and down, the music similar. The room is plain and not particularly exciting, the chairs not conducive to leisurely dining. However the food was sublime. Like most I opted for the bianco nero menu at €70. Without exception the cooking was flawless, dishes innovative and... More 

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Farnham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

This is a Michelin star restaurant which we went to with great expectations. We went for the Black and White tasting menu. There were only two tables occupied which meant that the service while precise and attentive was a little oppressive. The first course: potato with octopus was fun and very tasty. But from there it was a great disappointment.... More 

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Going to a Michelin one star restaurant brings high expectations, and mine were met by La Gazza Landra. The food was unusual, with subtle flavors and textures that went well together. Wine recommendations were great, and there is a discount for guests of the Palazza Failla hotel. Wouldn't want to eat like this every night, but it was worth the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

I had a lunch with my wife and we ordered tasting menu with 70 EUR p.p. From the start to the end, the meals were not only delicious but very well presented. Especially, I loved the potato with octopus, where many small pieces of octopus were packed by fried potato’s thin skin. The pasta with shrimp was also very tasty.... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We should have listened to our Italian friends... We should have listened to our italian friends both in Modica and elsewhere who told us to skip La Gazza Ladra on our visit to Monica arguing that the restaurant is no longer worthy of its michelin star. We got stubborn, didn't listen to them and went for dinner recently. The ambiance... More 

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Burnham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

A nice restaurant with some good cooking, but we had the tasting menu and whilst the dishes read well on the menu some were a little 'ordinary' and not what you would expect from a Michelin starred restaurant.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

Modica is one of the most beautiful, unspoilt and truly cool towns in all of italy. So your evening starts with a walk ascending the winding and ancient streets up to La Gazza, stopping off at the Cathedral San Giorgio en route. Arriving, we had a couple of beers (Rocca die Conti rocks!) in the hotel bar to cool off... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

We were charmed equally by the food and the attentive service at La Gazza Ladra. We arrived at Hotel Palazzo Failla after a day of driving and were looking forward to dining in the restaurant. We were very happy with the result. We chose from the regular menu rather than the tasting menu and were well satisfied: veal carpaccio, "the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

The food was excellent and served in style. We went for a smaller number of courses than their full menu, but were presented with a few extra little dishes which excited our taste buds. It made for a very special birthday meal.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Via Blandini, 11, 97015 Modica, Sicily, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Sicily  >  Province of Ragusa  >  Modica
  • Phone Number: +39 0932 755655

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Doing business

Description

Inside Palazzo Failla Hotel, one of the most interesting late-Baroque jewels of the area, you'll meet the sophisticated charm and elegance of the restaurant La Gazza Ladra. The intimate, essentially elegant black and white 'salotto' was inspired by the colours of the magpie, the bird from which the restaurant derives its name. With the gentle but genuine touch of the chef David Tamburini guests are taken to an unexpected Sicily, both ancient and modern at once, by meals made up of special ingredients fuelled by fascination. In summertime, the dinner is served in the quiet and private lemon garden, where the guests can relish the scents and the cool evening breeze.

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