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“Delightful” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Osteria Nero D'avola

Osteria Nero D'avola
Piazza San Domenico, 2 b, 98039 Taormina, Sicily, Italy
0942 628874
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Ranked #51 of 200 Restaurants in Taormina
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
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“Delightful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013 via mobile

A lovely osteria, set in a quiet square in Taormina. The service was excellent, with the waiter explaining the specials of the day.

I had an amazing tuna tartar, and my husband had the mediterranean sashimi, it looked like a piece of art on the plate and tasted equally as good. To follow, I had needle fish gratin. It was the first time I had this fish and the taste was very delicate. My husband's tuna was cooked perfectly and the orange salad was really tasty.
Overall, an excellent meal.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Allow yourself plenty of time!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

We had a delicious meal at this restaurant at the recommendation of our hotel. This being our first night in Taormina, we were unaware of what a typical dining experience would be there -- in our travels we have found that some locales eat early, some late, some are brief, others not so much. Since the hotel provided shuttle service to and from town, we specifically asked if we would be able to catch the last shuttle back to the hotel (10:30) if they made us an 8:15 reservation. The gentleman at the hotel replied that two hours certainly would be enough time. The food was excellent and the wait staff was very pleasant, if a little difficult to find sometimes. But we were definitely not done by 10:30. In fact, at 10:30, we were still waiting for our main course! We were there until after 11:30, but everything was very good and we would go back again. But this time we would be prepared to either go earlier in order to take the last shuttle or just know that we'll be taking a cab back!

  • Visited May 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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“One of Taormina's gems!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

We had heard good things about Osteria Nero d'Avola in England some time ago and decided to seek it out when we next came to Taormina. We read the Tripadvisor reviews (good and bad) and arrived prepared to be somewhat disappointed. But far from it! We were late arriving because we got lost but were warmly welcomed and given a choice of tables. We elected to eat downstairs but there is little to choose between the floors. Christina looked after us brilliantly, helping with menu explanations and wine choices. I had the Mediterranean Sashimi which was outstanding. Great quality fish, imaginatively presented. My wife had the Lemon Salad to start with which is unusual and delicious but probably needs to accompany a main course. Christina spotted that it was not going down quickly and rushed to bring out an Orange Salad which was equally lovely. We both then had Fettucini with mushrooms, sausage and tomatoes which was steaming hot and as good a plate of pasta as I have had anywhere. The wine choices are all local and fantastic. Lovely biscuits and a glass of Marsala on the house! We could not have asked for better food or service. So don't be put off by the negative reviews (although all restaurants have bad nights), give this little gem a go. If you experience what we did, you will not be disappointed.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Good food...but a bit disappointing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

At our hotel's suggestion, we made reservations and went here for dinner. The ambience and food were great. But we felt as if we'd been abandoned as soon as we were seated. We were asked if we wanted water.....but had to ask twice to get it. Everyone else was offered a complimentary glass of sparkling wine, but here, too, we were ignored. We had to ask for it when the waiter came to take our meal order. The food was good, but not special - dorado fixed two different ways (mine was pan-fried with a pistachio crust; my husband's was in chunks with a delicious sauce). The restaurant makes a special lemon salad (rind and all) which was interesting - glad we shared it since it was too much for one person. Not only did we feel ignored upon arrival, it was apparent that they wanted to do another cover on our table; as soon as we put down our forks, the waiter swept in to clear our plates and ask if we wanted dessert. It was obvious that someone "important" had just showed up and there was no space for his party. Since we still had wine left, and were not in a hurry to leave, they finally had to squeeze in another table for the VIP. However, it made us feel as if we were inconveniencing them by not departing immediately. While the food was good, there are way too many other places in Taormina to eat to give us any reason to recommend Nero D'Avola or to return there.

Visited May 2013
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“Something Different.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

Just visited Taormia for 10 days, went to this restaurant 3 times. It was a nice dining experience, little extras given through the meal. The staff were very friendly & efficient, especially Christina.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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