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Osteria Nero D'avola
Ranked #38 of 279 Restaurants in Taormina
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed May 24, 2013

We arrived somewhat excitedly at 7.45 for our 8.00 pm booking. The restaurant was not very full, and we decided to go for a tuna tartar and a fish carpaccio. Followed by a shared pasta dish, and then by a lemon salad and two fish dishes. The tartare and carpaccio were light and delicious and full of promise for the food to come. Much as i love caponata (andi do), it was lovely to eat differently. Tthe restaurant started to fill up. However, although we were happy chatting, we began to feel full, and noticing that it was 10.00 and our main course hadn't come, we decided to cancel it. Luckily it wasn't cooked and so it was easy. The waitress was lovely, and gave us some fruit and pudding for free. I felt for her having to face the customers, as we weren't the only people not getting fully served. This is a very good restaurant, but something went very wrong tonight. They must be understaffed. I read one review where slow food is mentioned. I think waiting over two hours to get to your main course and it not being ready is probably using slow food's title to you own advantage. Most people want to eat well executed, fresh produce, but don't need an hour between courses.

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Reviewed May 20, 2013

Fortunately we saw this restaurant in 2 books and then our concierge (Villa Timeo) gave it a great review. Had a great meal of fresh local produce and local wine (ask for the Grillo from Marsala!). The asparagus and artichokes to start, spaghetti with bottarga to follow and Sicilian meat balls in lemon leaves - can taste it almost a week later! And try the lemon salad - eating raw lemons was a first but these are not normal lemons. The chef has a passion for local and very good produce and came round to explain it - while eating a lemon as if it were a large peach.
Others comments mentioned slow service but we were probably done and dusted in about 2 hours tops. Certainly no delays when we were there and it was busy too.
To be recommended!

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Reviewed May 19, 2013

We were walking through Taormina and saw a nice place for lunch. The people of Osteria Nero d'Avola gave us a great meal with perfect wines. The next day we returned with our family and the Chef made us an unforgettable lunch with fresh tuna as a starter, the main course was a fantastic big langoust with mushrooms, special artichokes and afterwards all kinds of desserts. Each course was accompanied by fantastic wines from the hills of the Etna. The Nero d'Avola people were so friendly and hospitable and surprised us with fantastic food!
Also give a big hug to Lola II !

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Thank ABecking
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Reviewed May 17, 2013

Our B&B recommended this restaurant, and with good reason. It was reasonably priced with excellent food. Our artichokes were unusually prepared -- at least we had never had them this way in the states -- and everything else was also wonderful. The wine that was recommended was spot on. Service was a little slow, but we didn't mind. When we returned to our B&B, we discovered that the next day's NYTimes Travel sectiion had an article on Taormina and mentioned this restaurant.

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Reviewed May 10, 2013 via mobile

From start to finish we had an excellent meal. We sat on the terrace and were recommended a good local white wine. We had artichoke and wild asparagus to start. Both were perfect. We then had meatballs cooked wrapped in lemon leaves and swordfish and side dishes of mixed salad and tomato salad. Again all of it was perfect.
The attention to the ingredients the chef selects and perfect simple cooking really make it stand above all meals we have had in Sicily.

Our waitress was very helpful and answered all of our questions.

A truly excellent meal where the chef allowed some great ingredients to shine.

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