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“Good food, but the price spoils it”
Review of Taverna La Cialoma

Taverna La Cialoma
Ranked #35 of 62 Restaurants in Marzamemi
Price range: $39 - $156
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed April 18, 2014 via mobile

We visited on a chilly April evening in Easter week. The setting is very attractive and the small inside dining room looks and feels the part for an atmospheric seafood restaurant: light blues and whites, tiles, a full view into the kitchen, and neat little table cloths on old pine tables.

The food we had was generally above average. The best course was probably a vegetarian antipasto of Aubergine soaked (I think) in local honey wrapped around pieces of soft cheese. The seafood was decently prepared: octopus salad very fresh and not chewy, grouper in a tomato broth a little overcooked but tasty, and sardine pasta delightfully sardiney and crunchy.

The prices are simply excessive though. At the time 16-18 Euros for each course seemed a little steep but palatable just about, but the bill convinced us the owners are taking the mickey. A plain little pasta pomadoro for our 6 year old son came in at 16 Euros, glasses of average house wine were 6 each, there was of course the coperto (another 6). Then we ate the following lunchtime at the wonderful U Dammusu in Chiaramonte Gulfi (see review) for half the price and this gave us the perspective we needed.

This restaurant potentially has a lot going for it. If it cuts prices by roughly half it might start to see its Tripadviser rating recovering.

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Reviewed April 8, 2014 via mobile

We ate here yesterday. We hadn't expected much from Marzememi. Half a sentence in Lonely Planet didn't inspire us. But it's lovely. Old fishing village with a nice beach and lots of restaurants. We chose this one because it offered some shade and was full. No menu to read so we were a bit alarmed when we were given the menu and saw the prices. Mainly 15 euro region. But we were hungry and were glad we stayed. The food and service were excellent. My husband had spaghetti and prawns. Lots of beautifully cooked prawns in a lovely sauce. I had a wonderful octopus salad. Worth every euro!

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Reviewed November 2, 2013

Marzamami was very quiet at the end of the season in late October. The only busy place was the taverna Cialoma and one could see why: we had an excellent seafood lunch there and some very good local wine to go with it. The plaza was empty apart from a sleeping dog who was photographed by every one of the occassionaly passing tourists.
We definetely would eat in the taverna Cialoma again. It was not cheap (80 € including wine), but we found that ok for 3 people and the quality of food.

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Reviewed October 29, 2013

Make no mistake, La Cialoma is not the place to find a bargain meal but what it achieves is to raise familiar Sicilian seafood dishes to new heights and, having eaten here over the last 5 years or so during an annual trip to the island I am yet to be disappointed. A recent development has been the creation of a sea facing terrace at the rear which provided a much cooler dining area than the blindingly white main square. Highly recommended as long as you are prepared to spend over €100 for a meal for two with wine.

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Reviewed October 7, 2013

Located in a beautiful square, this taverna has a great ambience even in low season.
The kitchen is open plan between two dining rooms which allows you to see everything being cooked fresh.
Outside there are c. 12 to 16 tables. While the kitchen is small the chefs seem quickand efficient and enjoying themselves. More than can be said of the waiting staff who seem to wish they were somewhere else and often are. You can either think of this as a relaxed meal or a longish wait between courses.

The menu when we were there is all fish, raw or cooked. We had pasta with prawns in a zuchini cream sauce, and a ragu with tuna to start. Both were fantasitic and the highlight of meal. For main course we had. Spigola which is a local white grilled fish and frittodi rete which is 5 local fried fish. If you don't like bones, fish heads etc, this might not be for you. Luckily for me it was dark.
The main courses were good but you got the feeling they were also coming to the end of the season and lacked the zest of the starters. Desert was unremarkable. Dinner for 2 c.€120 3 courses, wine and coffee. Nice but no return visit this trip.

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