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“Family pleasures” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Trattoria Catania Ruffiana

Trattoria Catania Ruffiana
Via Aloi, 50, Catania, Sicily, Italy
0952162222
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Ranked #3 of 540 restaurants in Catania
Price range: $20 - $34
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Cincinnati, Ohio
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Family pleasures”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

Other reviewers were correct in saying that this family-owned trattoria is wonderful. I don't think you can do better in Catania than this.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“All Was perfect! Thanks toooooooo much!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013 via mobile

We Was the first time in this place! And its sure that we Will comeback! All perfect! Antipasto - bellissima ! Tonno - bellissima ! Persons that work in this place make our atmosfera in a perfect way! Thanks you toooo much for all what you make, real ! Wait us again!)))

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Catania, Italy
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“wonderful eating experience but you need to speak some italian”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

We went to this restaurant twice and each time it was a treat. The first time, my wife and I stopped for lunch after reading the great Tripadvisor reviews and we were not disappointed. Following the owners suggestion we ordered:
- one (!) course of their special appetizers (fish raw and cooked in 10 different ways, a small portion but there are 10 different little plates);
- one (!) pasta dish (fish again and it came in a small bowl, more than enough for 2 people, especially if they had ordered the appetizers earlier);
- a tuna steak with tons of onions and a special sweet and sour sauce (great).
The food was wonderful. We also ordered a bottle of white wine (again suggested by the owner) that was fantastic. As they usually do for their clients, they offered bread (stay away from it or you won't be able to eat everything) a small bruschetta, dessert and sicilian rosolio - a typical local liquor. Final price: 42 euros (!!!).
The second time we went with the entire family (my two kids joined in) and without a reservation. The cook was away on his honeymoon and the owner was in the kitchen in his place. Everything spelled: likely disappointment. Each one of us ordered a pasta dish as it was early and no one was super hungry. After 20 minutes the four past dishes were on our table: my kids had gnocchi with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese (they were not in the mood for fish) and their plates were emptied in less than 10 minutes. My wife had linguine with scampi and shrimps (the best choice of all) and I had penne with eggplant and swordfish (extremely tasty but not as good as the scampi and shrimp dish). Again no one was disappointed and, surprise, surprise, when we went to pay the bill the final price was 40 euros. The owner decided that water, bread, local wine, bruschetta, dessert and rosolio were all on the house. Need I say anything else?

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One small caveat. Waiters are extra nice and really friendly and they have menus in English. However, their grasp of the language is not really great (there was a UK couple close to our table and we helped out in translating some of their requests). So, speaking a little Italian does help.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Helston, United Kingdom
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“Friendly, Clean and great food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013 via mobile

Really welcoming and clean, the staff can't do enough for you and the food is great. What more do I need to say

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Delicious food, friendly and welcoming atmosphere, fantastic dining experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

Have eaten here twice and both times have been incredibly pleased with how delicious the food is and how wonderful the service is. Very friendly and welcoming staff and again, the food is amazing. Fish is their specialty and is the best I have had. Pasta as well is delicious! Definitely recommend.

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