We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“One the Better Restaurants in Giardini Naxos”
Review of 'A Putia

'A Putia
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Wine Bar
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed June 1, 2012

We really were looking forward to dining at "A Putia" on our recent trip to the Taormina area. Being off season, mid May, we first found the restaurant closed on a Tuesday night. We went back on Wednesday and were excited to see the place lit up and appear to be open for dinner. Not so, only the wine shop part of the restaurant was open and we were told by the owner that we could be served wine and antipasto only, since they weren't yet staffed for full dinner service. We were told that they would be open for dinner Friday night and we made reservations for the four of us before we left to find another place to eat.

Friday night we arrived for our reservations and were immediately seated. The olive bread was a hit with all. I really wanted to be able to gush over the restaurant based on other reviews, however we all were a bit underwhelmed by the sparse menu (with no English translations), efficient but not over friendly service, and the fact that we couldn't get coffee with desert.

We shared two primi piatti pasti dishes and two different fish secondi piatti meals amongst the four of us. The food was excellently prepared and we enjoyed the meal, however we left feeling disappointed that we didn't enjoy a great overall dining experience.

Considering at this time of year there are few choices where to dine in Giardini Naxos, A Putia is a good place to eat if it's open on the right night of the week. However, a short ride up the coast provides a plethora of fine dining choices in Taormina. It's worth the ride.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank David S
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review
Reviews (878)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language

109 - 113 of 880 reviews

Reviewed September 21, 2011

The food was simply amazing. This little place doesn't even look like a Restaurant. The name, indeed, means shop in Sicilian.... And it is a shop of delicious things. You can taste wine and buy cheese and other Sicilian specialities... But most of it, you have the best dinner of your entire life! The service is impeccable and the whole atmosphere is simply brilliant! We had dinner there twice!!!

MUST BOOK A TABLE IN ADVANCE BECAUSE YOU MIGHT NOT FIND A PLACE!

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
1  Thank Luciano C
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed September 13, 2011

It meets all your expectations of a small, family run Sicilian place, abundant choices, great value for your money, not fancy, and soooo friendly. You feel inside a movie. Do go inside and do not get bad vibes from the plastic chairs in the terrace. Grear assortment of cheeses and salumeria.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
1  Thank beia
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed August 20, 2011

We visited this restaurant thanks to the users of this website and our B&B host who also recommended it. We were not disappointed! The staff was super friendly and made every effort to keep us feeling at home. The shrimp and scampi dish with linguini was FABULOUS and the pasta con sarde was as well. We kept on raving about this place even after we got home from our vacation!
Buon appetito and thanks again to our wonderful hosts. We hope to see you soon!

1  Thank L P
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed August 7, 2011

I visited A Putia twice over the last 10 days. It is a small family ran restaurants. The cook is a real Chef the food is really good. I had tuna with safran souse and a Tart with tuna and almonds, egg plan etc. for starter. it was really good and fresh. The second time i had their pasta nero di sepia and it was also good. Fair prices for the quality you get. Dinner for 2 with a bottle of nice wine is 65-70 Euro.
Service is fast and friendly ..but not very professional. Its definitely the best restaurant in Giardini.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
1  Thank smanolov
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed 'A Putia also viewed

Giardini Naxos, Province of Messina
Giardini Naxos, Province of Messina
 
Giardini Naxos, Province of Messina
Giardini Naxos, Province of Messina
 

Been to 'A Putia? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing