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“The best restaurant in Town!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of 'A Putia

'A Putia
Via Umberto 456, 98035 Giardini Naxos, Sicily, Italy
+39 (0)942 52755
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Wine Bar
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Aarau, Switzerland
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5 restaurant reviews
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“The best restaurant in Town!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

Wow, this is the best place to eat fresh fish and delicious food in town. What the Chef is creating is just unbelievable. If you stay in Giardini you have to eat there and enjoy the food of “A Putia”. The stuff is gorgeous, helpful and lovely. Thank you that you made our evening s at our place to something special!!

  • Visited June 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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Lucca, Italy
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“"A WELL DESERVED N.1"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2012 via mobile


We were really impressed by this apparently non exciting place. Small, straight on the trafficated road, no view. Best tables the ones inside (in our opinion)
The somewhat restricted menu turned out to be absolutely first class. We ordered two pastas (black spaghetti and linguine with pistacchio and bottarga) followed by two main courses (red tuna with saffron and swordfish "rolls")
No way we could choose the winner, they were all superb. It is amazing that all this comes out of the tiniest kitchen we have ever seen, we had to take a picture of it, friendly cook included!
Service and wine (Sauvignion Mandrarossa) to match the food quality.
Highly recommended.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Helsinki, Finland
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“hmmm”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

Hmm me and my husband where expecting something more of this restaurant...we read the rewiews here and we thought that food was spectacular..but it was disappointment for both of us. We eate both fish, swordfish and fish of a day (i don`t remember the name for my dish) My dish was tasteless. Anyhow, service was good and atmosphere also. Inside parts of restaurant were cosy.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Hartford, Connecticut
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“What does A Putia mean?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2012

I actually don't know the literal translation, but to me it means you are assured an excellent lunch or dinner. I like not being rushed and having food individually prepared just for me. Whether you sit inside our outside on the small sidewalk patio, you will be pleased with the meals and the service. Bon Apetit!

Visited May 2012
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Rockville, Maryland
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“One the Better Restaurants in Giardini Naxos”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2012

We really were looking forward to dining at "A Putia" on our recent trip to the Taormina area. Being off season, mid May, we first found the restaurant closed on a Tuesday night. We went back on Wednesday and were excited to see the place lit up and appear to be open for dinner. Not so, only the wine shop part of the restaurant was open and we were told by the owner that we could be served wine and antipasto only, since they weren't yet staffed for full dinner service. We were told that they would be open for dinner Friday night and we made reservations for the four of us before we left to find another place to eat.

Friday night we arrived for our reservations and were immediately seated. The olive bread was a hit with all. I really wanted to be able to gush over the restaurant based on other reviews, however we all were a bit underwhelmed by the sparse menu (with no English translations), efficient but not over friendly service, and the fact that we couldn't get coffee with desert.

We shared two primi piatti pasti dishes and two different fish secondi piatti meals amongst the four of us. The food was excellently prepared and we enjoyed the meal, however we left feeling disappointed that we didn't enjoy a great overall dining experience.

Considering at this time of year there are few choices where to dine in Giardini Naxos, A Putia is a good place to eat if it's open on the right night of the week. However, a short ride up the coast provides a plethora of fine dining choices in Taormina. It's worth the ride.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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