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.
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