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Italian, Mediterranean, Sicilian, Southern-Italian
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Vegetarian Friendly

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Centro Catania
0.2 miles from Basilica Catedrale Sant'Agata V.M. Catania
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing price and quality for a wonderful dinner. We really enjoyed our time at this restaurant. Staff is extremely helpful. Wine of the house is highly recommended, also the Pasta Norma was lovely. This is a hidden gem and absolutely recommended.

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed July 29, 2021 via mobile

Worst carbonara in my life, it’s an scrambled egg with pasta. We returned the food but they still wanted to charge. How come? Mamma is nice on the pictures but far from a restaurant owner accepting fair complaint.

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed February 25, 2020 via mobile

Typical trattoria atmosphere family style. The chef and owner is very welcoming. Her hand made pasta is excellent. We also had fried and baked anchovies: very good.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed October 7, 2019

I went at 7pm on a Sunday and easily got a table. I'd really recommend this place for its honest, delicious food. I had the caponata to start and the pasta with pistachios for main, and I wasn't planning on having dessert, but I had...such a great meal I had to see what it was like. Loads of vegetarian options too. All in all my meal came to 17 euros including wine. Amazing value. The service wasn't super fast, but I wasn't there for that, I was there for authentic, delicious food which I certainly got, and the wait was totally acceptable. Excellent value, and I'd thoroughly recommend to anyone in Catania to try it.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed June 17, 2019 via mobile

Tried to go just now. All sites say it’s open, but shutters down and no answer by phone. Was going for Pasta Norma... disappointed!

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed May 20, 2019 via mobile

Popped in around 16:30 for a very late lunch, given the time of day there were only 2 tables full including us with Rosanna and 2 male staff on duty. Between us we ordered 4 bowls of pasta to include alla Norma plus a pistachio...pasta, artichoke pesto and a vegetarian take on carbonara. The alla Norma was the real show stopper, the other pasta dishes were fine but didn't compare and I think we wished we'd gone for alla Norma all round! We also ordered the absurdly cheap house white wine and the bill came to under €30, which was excellent value. The food was tasty old-school cooking - exactly what we wanted, where else can you go for food cooked by an Italian Nonna? Also despite the experiences of some people on here, we found service to be very swift and friendly, but I'm conscious that we opted to eat at an unconventional time of day. Recommended.More

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed March 11, 2019

Went here specifically for the Pasta alla Norma... It did not help that the restaurant only had six customers, and therefore was deathly quiet and lacking atmosphere, even though it was after 9pm. But the Alla Norma was just OK...and at 8Euro, quite expensive! Very...small... Wine was OK...and at 8Euro per litre, can't complain. Was not quite the experience we were after. Sorry, but there is better on offer elsewhere.More

Date of visit: March 2019
Reviewed August 18, 2018 via mobile

The other reviews are spot on - both good and bad. First the good. It’s charming as can be - the cook / owner is the Italian grandmother we all wished we had. She takes so much pride in her work (she got very excited...and said “that’s MY dish!” when we ordered the pasta alla Norma). The interior of the restaurant doesn’t look like it’s been updated since before Italian unification, and the whole experience reeks of old school, unpretentious charm. And yes, the pasta alla Norma may be the best in Catania. Sadly the service is painfully slow, as others have pointed out. Our solution: go for lunch when she is considerably less busy. We arrived at 1:00 on a weekday in August and were in and out in 45 minutes, paying 16E for pasta and house wine for two, and enjoying easily the most delicious dish we had in Sicily.More

Date of visit: August 2018
Reviewed June 22, 2018 via mobile

The pasta Alla Norma and the sardine pasta with fennel were both fantastic. Fresh made pasta, old school setting, noona in the kitchen... what more could you want. 😀 The service is slow, the wine was average; but it felt like an Italian home cooked...meal. Pasta is very good!More

Date of visit: June 2018
Reviewed May 2, 2018 via mobile

Don’t go unless you want to suffer and keep waiting for your food! It is just crazy! Only 2 people working to cook and serve the food! You keep waiting and waiting and even you read from other people that this restaurant is very slow...you will never think that you are going to wait for 2 hours to be served!More

Date of visit: May 2018
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Nuova Trattoria del Forestiero is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 3.5