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“Our best simple meal out of 3 weeks in Sicily”

Trattoria Giglio Rosso
Ranked #33 of 1,107 Restaurants in Catania
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $14 - $35
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Description: a graceful place located in the center of the city from which you can reach the most important historical sites of the city (Greek-Roman theater, Duomo square, ursino castle, etccc ...), Sicilian cuisine with traditional fish dishes of meat.
Reviewed August 12, 2013

Tripadvisor brought us here and we are grateful !

This was everything we looked out for in our dining in Sicily :
- super friendly staff, nice warm atmosphere,
- homey delicious food.
Based on other posts, we went for the antipasti buffet and did not regret it : for only 6 euros, one of the best homey antipasti buffet we ate in the island was there with its generous offer. Everything looked delicious... and was. When you think about the price you pay in other restaurants for an antipasti plate, you realize how much quality value for money you are getting here !
- we then enjoyed pasta or meat dishes and were not disappointed.
- even the wine of the house was good.
An additional item to underline is that this restaurant offers both options with fish but also without. Always good to know for those traveling with children or who do not appreciate that much recipes with products of the sea, as Sicilian restaurants tend to serve very much of those.

Now read this post well : this is not upscale, refined, sophisticated cooking, as it rarely is on the island, but this is definitely the best homemade traditional food we ate in a trattoria during our 3 weeks' trip. And it's very close to Catania center.
Ticks a lot of boxes !

Thanks again to the wonderful team of this restaurant,
and continue on the same track, it's just perfect !

Warm wishes from Paris.

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giuseppe d, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Trattoria Giglio Rosso, responded to this reviewResponded September 30, 2013

Thank you for your fantastic feedback
All the staff is thankfull for all
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Reviewed August 7, 2013

I lived in Catania for 2 months as a student, and Giglio Rosso is my favorite of the restaurants in which I dined. It's a small, family-run place with great food at modest prices. The service is excellent, and they do speak a bit of English if you aren't able to get your point across in Italian. It's easy to find from the Piazza Duomo, and open every day of the week (except Tuesday, I think) until about 11:30. It would be pricey if you got a first + second course (the secondi are much more expensive here), but I prefer the pasta dishes, which are very cheap and excellent quality. The penne with swordfish and mussels (vongole) is incredible, and the pasta alla norma is the best I've had in the city--for 6 euro you get a heaping plate. House wine is just 1.50 euro a glass, and with a low coperto, it's easy to eat well here for under 10 euro per person.
If you have a little extra to spend, the fish secondi are incredible--especially the mixed grilled fish, which is a sampler of local seafood prepared simply, with just olive oil and lemon. GR also always has a house dessert, usually a traditional cake (lemon or orange) which is a great way to end the meal.

I already miss this place, and will definitely be back when I visit Sicily next!

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giuseppe d, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Trattoria Giglio Rosso, responded to this reviewResponded August 13, 2013

Thank you for your honest feddback
we are enjoy for your comment and next time you come back in Catania we will be happy for your visit

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Reviewed July 23, 2013

The antipasto buffet is excelent! The people very helpfull. The best choice in the city for out six person group.

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giuseppe d, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Trattoria Giglio Rosso, responded to this reviewResponded August 13, 2013

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Reviewed July 22, 2013 via mobile

The antipasto of the day from their buffet was excellent. They had variety of food in the buffet and everything was so fresh. They also told us about "off the menu" dishes and it was excellent as well. Whether fish or vegetables, you will not be disappointed.

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Thank klandaida
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giuseppe d, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Trattoria Giglio Rosso, responded to this reviewResponded August 13, 2013

thank you for your honest feedback
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Reviewed July 3, 2013

At ~30 EUR per person, it's not the cheapest food you'll get in Catania.
However, after being stuffed full of delicious entries, you'll get some excellent grilled, fresh, fish. If you can still manage to find room for it.
The service is picture poster of Scicila, warm, helpfull and totally unpretentious.
Ah, and there's homemade limoncello, if you've been a good person.

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Thank Ricardo B
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giuseppe d, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Trattoria Giglio Rosso, responded to this reviewResponded August 13, 2013

Thank you for your honest feedback

homemade limoncello ,always we bring it.
But sometimes finish because is homemade limoncello.
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