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“Fabulous food and views” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Villa Antonio

Villa Antonio
Via Luigi Pirandello, 88, 98039 Taormina, Sicily, Italy
0942 625502
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Ranked #29 of 214 Restaurants in Taormina
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Romantic restaurant with indoor heated pool and outdoor terrace with a spectacular view on Isola Bella.
Bourne End, United Kingdom
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5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Fabulous food and views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

Our visit to Villa Antonio was for a special occasion, they provided the perfect setting, service and attention that was required. The food was perfect as were the views. Everything about the restaurant was first class. The local Etna wine is a must try!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Antwerp, Belgium
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“NOSTALGIA”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

21/6/2012
Taormina without Villa Antonio is like an ocean without fish.
Lino, our 'simpatico' taxi driver from Giardini Naxos, drove us in no time to the restaurant, where a skilled and friendly staff were waiting for us. The restaurant is beautiful and has a warm atmosphere If the weather is your ally that evening, try to sit outside. You'll be surprisingly charmed by the surroundings. Especially at sunset when the bright moon is shining on the bay, glittering the water around Isola Bella, a tiny cosy island at the background, starting our evening with a sparkling glass of Champagne.
Everything was served fresh. They recommend a lot but it's not that they force anything uoon you. The waiters must have an eagle's eye as they noticed everything.
We were spoiled with couscous, fish soup, pasta, tuna, and a combination of red wine (Etna Rosso), white wine (Donnafugata) and for dessert Marsala.
We feel we can't judge about the proportion of taste & price due to the fact that these are very personal items. Therefore one should try it yourself.
When we finished dinner and while enjoying a combination of cheese dessert and Marsala 'digestif', Lino was already on his way to pick us up again.
Then, the lady of the house made surprisingly her appearance. A 'Belgian' woman who asked us very concerned if everything went well and that we had to be honest with her if something wasn't right. We found everything perfect. Many thanks to the chef and his assistants.
A warm goodbye, a safe trip back to the hotel followed by a late nightcap. Those were our last climax moments of a fantastic 10 days (fly & drive) journey on a fascinating island.
Was this the story of a beautiful sunset, a glittering moon, shining stars and at the end ... a falling star ? On the contrary ! It was simply a perfect evening in a beautiful location with super friendly people, a delightful dinner and many more things .... and above all, this all happened in the presence of the 'love' of my life .... and on my birthday as well .... !

  • Visited June 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
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34 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 46 cities Reviews in 46 cities
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
“A Beautiful setting for Dinner”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

This restaurant was booked based on reviews in Trip Advisor.
We dined there on our first night in Taormina ( a Tuesday night) - the restaurant wasn't busy and we had a great table on the terrace looking out to sea. I suspect that in peak season it will be very busy however and there are only a limited number of terrace tables so I would strongly recommend a reservation.
The service was attentive and helpful and by no means intrusive.
We had an excellent meal and there was a good choice of wines on offer.
Well worth a visit.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Jersey, United Kingdom
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Thank you Villa Antonio”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

My husband and I had our wedding reception at Villa Antonio in September 2012. When we were choosing the venue for our wedding reception, we visited Villa Antonio for dinner so I feel well-equipped to comment upon the restaurant as both an eatery and as a wedding venue.

In relation to the latter, we had the best day of our lives, due (in large part) to the patron of Villa Antonio, Lina. When we chose to have the wedding reception at Villa Antonio, we visited again and she spent hours with us, poring over the details. Lina is extremely attentive and she is, very evidently and justifiably, proud of her business. She catered to my every whim as bridezilla, from hanging up photographs in the room where we danced to stringing ribbon of my choice around the menus, from having pink bourgainvillea picked for the table and to adorn the cake to staying up until 1am the night before going through the table plan with us.
We made use of the sun terrace for champage and canapes, while enjoying a little Sicilian music. Dinner was downstairs and was a gastronomic delight. We chose traditional Sicilian fare and it was truly amazing. The wedding cake was huge and delicious.
As for the atmosphere of Villa Antonio for a wedding, it is perfect. The location is ideal as the restaurant overlooks Isola Bella. The waiter service was exceptional. But everyone I have spoken to about the wedding talks of the food.

For those who aren't getting married, I would highly recommend Villa Antonio as a restaurant also. This is not based solely on the food we enjoyed at the wedding but my husband and I had eaten there twice previously. It is clear from the menu that Villa Antonio only uses the finest ingredients. Most of these seem to be local. And the wine is exceptional too. The dishes are imaginative, delicious and well-presented. The portion sizes are also good.

Needless to say, my husband and I have a special affection for Villa Antonio and, anytime we visit Taormina in the future, it will be our first stop for dinner.

All our thanks and love to Lina,
Katie & Paul xxx

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“So very romantic...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

Along with another reviewer, I attended a wedding reception held in 2012 at Villa Antonio. As a guest, I am not usually been spurred into leaving Tripadvisor reviews of weddings. However, this venue was just perfect and I could not fault it at all!

The restaurant is perched on the side of the Taormina cliffs with an amazing view of la Isola Bella. It is truly stunning. The drinks reception was held on the roof of the restaurant - with the Mediterranean as the back drop. Just ideal and conducive to an extremely romantic event. The canapes were delicious and the fizz had an authentic Italian twist (fresh fruit bellini, anyone?).

The wedding breakfast was served in the main restaurant. Four courses were served, pasta (gorgeous), fish (wonderful), meat (done to perfection) and dessert (to be honest, I was too stuffed!!!). The local wines served really complimented each dish. The restaurant managed each course especially well and it was all impeccably presented and cooked. The service was very good and the staff were welcoming, cordial and attentive.

The bride and groom had also laid on a buffet, but I could not comment on this as I was unable to eat anything else!!! We also had dancing - a band, DJ and even karaoke. The venue hosted all of this with aplomb - we all felt as though we belonged there and in Sicily. It was so much fun!

The venue was perfect for a wedding - really polished but comfortable. I would heartily recommend Villa Antonio to anyone visiting Taormina. I woud especially recommend it to anyone considering it as a venue for their wedding reception.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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