My husband and I had our wedding reception at Villa Antonio in September 2012. When we were choosing the venue for our wedding reception, we visited Villa Antonio for dinner so I feel well-equipped to comment upon the restaurant as both an eatery and as a wedding venue.
In relation to the latter, we had the best day of our lives, due (in large part) to the patron of Villa Antonio, Lina. When we chose to have the wedding reception at Villa Antonio, we visited again and she spent hours with us, poring over the details. Lina is extremely attentive and she is, very evidently and justifiably, proud of her business. She catered to my every whim as bridezilla, from hanging up photographs in the room where we danced to stringing ribbon of my choice around the menus, from having pink bourgainvillea picked for the table and to adorn the cake to staying up until 1am the night before going through the table plan with us.
We made use of the sun terrace for champage and canapes, while enjoying a little Sicilian music. Dinner was downstairs and was a gastronomic delight. We chose traditional Sicilian fare and it was truly amazing. The wedding cake was huge and delicious.
As for the atmosphere of Villa Antonio for a wedding, it is perfect. The location is ideal as the restaurant overlooks Isola Bella. The waiter service was exceptional. But everyone I have spoken to about the wedding talks of the food.
For those who aren't getting married, I would highly recommend Villa Antonio as a restaurant also. This is not based solely on the food we enjoyed at the wedding but my husband and I had eaten there twice previously. It is clear from the menu that Villa Antonio only uses the finest ingredients. Most of these seem to be local. And the wine is exceptional too. The dishes are imaginative, delicious and well-presented. The portion sizes are also good.
Needless to say, my husband and I have a special affection for Villa Antonio and, anytime we visit Taormina in the future, it will be our first stop for dinner.
All our thanks and love to Lina,
Katie & Paul xxx
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