I came for dinner with 2 friends on 31 July 2014. I had been once before in 2012. The food was much better this time around (last time fish was overcooked and dried out) and so was the view ... this time we could see the lines of red hot molten lava flowing from Etna - a really amazing sight at sunset.
I have been to Taormina now 5 times for total of around 9 months all up. I wanted to take best friend for an impressive dinner for last night in town. My usual quandary is do you pay for the awesome food or awesome view - I cant say any place in Taormina really has both that is within a medium price range. In the past Al Saraceno has had unbeatable view but average food. Hand on heart, the food was really really good this time around. Even my Taormina friend Rocco was speechless that the food was (a) totally authentic (b) of such quality.
Of course we chose the truely Sicilian meals for last dinner in town - Sarde Beccafico (stuffed, breaded sardines), Pesche Spada Involtini (swordfish roulards) and Tonno con Cipolla (tuna with red onions from Tropea). All were delicious. Lovely and juicy, not dried out as per previous visit in 2012. Red house wine by the caraf was excellent. I had ravioli with prawn sauce for 1st course - it was delicious. I tried friends dessert - fragments of cannoli shell on a bed of ricotta drizzled in honey and nuts. It was was a modern take of an old favourite. It was good - too "cheesy" for me, but the quality was there for sure. Friend loved it.
My only negative is that took some time (30 mins) between order and 1st course pasta to arrive - a little long - but then again our own stupid fault as we were first to arrive at 7.30pm and spent one hour chatting over cocktails before ordering (our choice). Suggest you go 7.30pm, make the most of superb sunset view (it gets dark around 8.30pm) but order before the 8.30pm onslaught. You must make reservation for a front row terrazza table.
Bill was EUR135 for 3 people - incl 3 cocktails and 1 litre of house wine but only 1 person had dessert. A very reasonable price for Taormina.
I heartily recommend and I am going again in 2 weeks myself. Go for it.
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