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Good Restaurant Suggestions

Drogheda
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Good Restaurant Suggestions

Does anyone have any suggestions for some nice restaurants in Giardini Naxos?, not the usual tourist haunts!

Thanks.

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1. Re: Good Restaurant Suggestions

Garidini is a beach resort, a tourist town, so restaurants cater to tourists. There are many good local seafood places along the waterfront.

Giardini Restaurants:

aastgiardininaxos.it/sel_categorie_uk.jsp…

Michelin rated Ristorante Sea Sound serves fresh seafood and pastas – a good choice, also Ristorante La Capannina.

And there's always Taormina and Taormina Beach, like

the very good Da Giovanni in Mazzaro.

http://www.gate2taormina.com/restaur_en.htm

Vagabonda

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2. Re: Good Restaurant Suggestions

Thanks Vagabonda, will check them out,

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3. Re: Good Restaurant Suggestions

Hi Vagabonda,

You might advise me on the following query, would you suggest that we get a taxi from the airport area or ask our hotel to arrange collection?. Would the cost be the same?. I have heard that some taxis hailed at the airport can load the price!.

Thanks again!.

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4. Re: Good Restaurant Suggestions

Hi BingoDrogheda,

Always pre-arrange your transfer - You could arrange it yourself, or through your hotel. Never just hail a taxi at the airport. And always settle on the fare beforehand.

Expect to pay around 70-75 euros.

Sicily Driver and Guide – 70 euros:

http://www.sicilydriverandguide.com/

Sicily Life – 75 euros:

http://www.sicily-tour.net/

Sicily Driver Guide – 75 euros:

http://www.sicilydriverguide.com/

Sicily Limousine Service – 75 euros:

sicilylimousineservice.com/sicily/index.htm

The transfer from Catania Airport to Taormina by Mercedes (max 3 people) is 75 Euro Ext. time 45 min.

Sicily TravelNet – 80 euros:

http://www.sicilytravel.net/

Kind Regards,

Vagabonda

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5. Re: Good Restaurant Suggestions

Thanks Vagabonda for the very prompt reply, all you info. is very much appreciated

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6. Re: Good Restaurant Suggestions

Hi Vagabonda,

Sorry to bother you again!. I read with interest your comments on Taormina restaurants from an old forum. Do you have any new or updated suggestions?, such as Maffei's, which sounds really nice!.

Regards,

Bingo

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7. Re: Good Restaurant Suggestions

Hi BingoDrogheda – Never, ever a bother!

Maffei’s is good – In addition to the small inside dining room, there’s a side terrace for outside dining. The food is good "restaurant" cuisine, the service very attentive.

And although Taormina exists for tourists, I never stop trying to find more local dining experiences, or at least places that would attract locals or native Italians.

Da Giovanni in Maazro is such a place – Excellent cuisine and worth the funivia ride down to the coast.

Da Giovanni (Mazzaro):

Via Nazionale Isolabella

Tel. 0942/23531

And Il Barcaiolo is right on the beach in Mazzaro, family run - Typical, very authentic home-cooking.

Though becoming popular and frequently recommended by Taormina hotels, Licchio’s is still a good local trattoria, reasonably priced, and frequented by locals.

And Osteria Nero D'Avola is a little gem – Wonderful food, fresh ingredients, simply prepared, a delight.

And Al Saraceno is certainly worth the trip up to Madonna della Rocca. The fare is typically Sicilian; the terrace offers panoramic views; pizza is served at night; the house wine is very good; the grilled vegetables are to perfection; and locals frequent often, always a good sign. In fact, there was a Sicilian wedding party on one of my last visits.

Vagabonda

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Hi Vagabonda,

Me again!, what is your opinion on la bougainville?, you haven't mentioned it before & it got some good reviews. We will only dine once or twice in Taormina so would really appreciate your views. Romantic, frequented by locals, good local food is what we seek!

Thanks

Bingo

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9. Re: Good Restaurant Suggestions

Sorry BingoDrogheda, I have not been. La Bougainville is off Corso Umberto, so that is a good sign and it is well reviewed. It’s been reported to be elegant, but reviews stated that La Bougainville is relaxed. Reviews also stated that it is romantic and small, but 40 seats inside and 30 seats outside is not really small. I prefer smaller and more intimate.

Hope you will write a review!

Vagabonda

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