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“A hidden gem with great food”
Review of M.A.T.E.S

M.A.T.E.S
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed November 7, 2012

This is the place to go for a traditional Sicilian meal. We enjoyed the food and we spent about 3 hours there in a foggy day. Service is good and the family Who run the restaurant is friendly.
Try all the food that is served.

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Thank Marcyno
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Reviewed September 29, 2012

During our holiday in Sicily in late Sep, we spent 4 nights at the Verdura resort near Sciacca. As we were browsing the resort's guide to the area, our eye was drawn to the description of M.A.T.E.S, which sounded so much more appealing than all the other restaurants.

We asked the concierge to make us a booking for Fri night. We had our own car, and drove up the hills to the village of Caltabellotta where the restaurant is based. The drive took about 30 mins, but was very much worth it! When we got to Caltabellotta, our sat nav was pretty much useless in the warren of small streets - but the restaurant was very well indicated and easy to find.

When we entered, it turned out we were the only diners that evening (the tourist season was already finished) but our wonderful hosts Giuseppe and Leonardo had opened the place just for us. As there is no menu, we could get straight down to the business of tucking in to the simple but delicious plate of starters (mezzo style) that the guys had prepared for us. Those starters were followed by a veritable feast of pasta (2 different dishes that could have fed an entire family) and then meats (beef and pork - both equally yummie).

The whole dinner experience was just great, and our hosts did a great job of making us feel welcome. The food wasostly sourced locally from the village and the area, which made it taste even better. We also got to taste Giuseppe's own artisanal production of olive oil, which has won numerous prizes and is really tasty.

We cannot recommend this place enough, and would definitely want to return there if we are back in the area. This was by far the gastronomical highlight of our Sicily trip - which for the record included lots of meals at 'nice' restaurants including a 2* Michelin one in Taormina. A big thanks to Giuseppe and Leonardo, and please keep it up guys!

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Reviewed September 24, 2012

There is no menu, there is just a small ceramic tile sign above the door but the place is a real blast. Its a great night out with excellent food. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal from start to finish. Our waiter was fun and attentive and gave us lots of information about the food, the restaurant and the area. Great typical Sicilian food and local vino rosso. Loved it!

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Thank TartanSoul
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Reviewed August 21, 2012

The food just kept on coming you don't pick what your having it just all comes out, we kept saying smaller portions. But the food was excellent perfect if you want to try traditional food. The drive up to the village for the sunset is amazing. Really cute village. Very steep to walk to the restaurant.

Thank kellyglobetrotter
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

You don't have a menu, they bring you food until you are completed sastisfied. Very regional and tipical sicilian dishes. Spcialitá : pasta and cannoli!
Very good

Thank ameliapcoutinho
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