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“Very good, but there is better nearby.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Pasticceria Grammatico

Pasticceria Grammatico
Via Vittorio Emanuele 14, Erice, Sicily, Italy
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Ranked #3 of 48 Restaurants in Erice
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Late Night
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Dining options: Late Night
Montreal, Canada
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“Very good, but there is better nearby.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

Had I not know better I would have been satisfied with this pastry shop.

In the few days before my visit here, I ended up speaking with a three locals that all said the same thing: “Maria Grammatico used to be the best, but they’ve started making their pastries industrially and they can now be purchased pretty much anywhere.” These same locals then went on to recommend that we go a few doors down to Pasticceria San Carlo which, as they said, “still does it the old fashioned way” (see my review).

As they are literally on the same block, we decided to do a comparative “taste test”.

Maria Grammatico is open all day, is brighter, welcoming and more modern. It has more variety, even serving ice cream, and staff behind the counter is young, vivacious and speaks English. The pastries are fairly priced and are very good.

San Carlo is closed from 1pm to 330pm, is small and dated, has less variety and the lady behind the counter is in her 80’s and speaks only Italian.
That being said the crown for better tasting and more authentic pastries definitely goes to San Carlo.

There is nothing wrong with Maria Grammatico, but for the real deal you need to go a few doors down.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Zurich, Switzerland
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“Cassatelle di ricotta”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

Just great, best cassatelle di ricotta e genovesi alla crema.
Very cold in April, in summer it should be great to sit in the outside garden.

Visited April 2013
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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“Made the fame and got into bed”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

. I went to Pasticceria Gramatico after reading the excellent reviews on Tripadvisor. Good, but nothing much beyond that. Due to the fame it receives every hour, dozens of tourists eager to experience its delights. Candies are made with care but for my taste, are too sweet. The famous canolli was good but, in 2 weeks around Sicily, I´ve had many othes better than this. Don´t see much reason for all this fame!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Charmingly Tasteful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

Maria herself is a lovely, charming and captivating lady. Well worth a visit to the Erice shop herself! But her scrumptious cakes and desserts are absolutely taste bud heavenly. The food offering is the delicious fare that Sicily is noted for.

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