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“A local delight” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Osteria Da Rita Di Bille' Sas

Osteria Da Rita Di Bille' Sas
Via Calapitrulli, 3, 98039 Taormina, Sicily, Italy
0942/680888
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Ranked #32 of 206 restaurants in Taormina
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
London
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63 reviews 63 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“A local delight”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

This small restaurant, to be found at the end of a long steep sidestreet packed with various other eateries, proved to be a delight, the first good sign being that the clientele seemed to be made up in equal measure of tourists and locals. Nothing here is particularly grand - the specials are printed on sheets of paper which were being photocopied at the next door shop as we were sitting down - but the food was superb.

We started with the extraordinary bruschetta commented on by others, as good as I have eaten anywhere, and with one portion proving more than enough for both of us. For mains, we chose pizza and pasta with ragu respectively. Both were excellent, well-cooked and presented and generously portioned.

Service could charitably be described as relaxed - and with respect to one of the waiters, perhaps eccentric - but that was wholly in keeping with the atmosphere of what is clearly a cherished local meeting spot.

Our bill - modest one at less than 50 euros including drinks - was accompanied by free amarettos, a nice touch. This place comes highly recommended.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Great food and reasonably priced”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013 via mobile

We went to this restaurant on recommendation from a friend and didn't regret it. The food was delicious and good value. Both my husband and I had the pasta specials which were both amazing and good big portions. Try the bruschetta which is their speciality and is very good! It is also big - 6 pieces. The waitress advised us not to get a second starter as it would be too much which was a nice honest touch. The staff are lovely - friendly and attentive. We were given limoncello (pineapple juice for me as I'm pregnant!) at the end which was nice also. Would definitely go back.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“GREAT. Excellent food.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

I had a plate of the original bruschetta. Tomatoes were so fresh, the taste of the bruschetta was the best I ever had. My girlfriend's antipasto plate was excellent as well. The over all quality of their food was very high. Staff were extremely nice and the service was excellent as well.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Davis, California, United States
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Good wholesome food and good value with welcoming staff”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

Getting off the busy main shopping street of Taormina, we found this small restaurant with seating outside. The food was good, wholesome, of large portions (pasta), along with a large typical pizza menu. Good brochette. The only drawback was a limited wine list. The second evening we chose a house special of stew - my husband having the fish version, while I chose the beef option. These were large hardy tasty dishes and they were a nice change to pastas and pizzas that we had been ordering for over 4 weeks on our trip. We downed this incredible meal with a liter of local draft beer instead of opting for their house wine. There is no seating or service charge, the first that we experienced in Italy at a descent restaurant. After each meal (we had two dinners and a light lunch here), they served complimentary almond cookies along with an aperitif of either lemonchello or an almond liquor. Very well priced for this location.

Visited July 2013
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Durban, South Africa
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“Worth a visit!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

We stayed in Taormina for 4 nights and spent almost every meal at Osteria Da Rita. Food and service were outstanding, and Antonio, Chiara and Sandra made us feel like the most important guests they had ever served. Food was delicious and the pricing is really good. Definately worth a meal or 2 when you are there!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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