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“Pizza on the Piazza -- Lovely Dinner in Acireale center”
Review of Vecchia Aci

Vecchia Aci
Ranked #25 of 264 Restaurants in Acireale
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: In the heart of the historic city of Acireale, just a stone's throw from the extraordinary pearls of the Baroque Aegean, originates "Vecchia Aci". One of the oldest Acesi inns, our kitchen wisely revisits the tastes of true Sicilian tradition, focusing on quality with top quality products. "You will be welcomed with primordial solicitude and kindness." We are young Sicilian entrepreneurs who blindly believe in the hospitality of their own restaurant, focusing on the great uniqueness of the flavors of Sicilian gastronomy. "Vecchia Aci" has an indoor hall with a capacity of 70 seats and only in the summer, an outdoor with 100 seats
Reviewed September 19, 2014

After wrestling with GPS on small roads near Acireale, we drove to the centro and happened upon this piazza with a couple of pizzerias. We chose Vecchia Aci, and did not regret it. Having seen me park next to the piazza, the servers kindly suggested that I move my car from one spot (which was illegal) into a nearby spot, saving me a ticket on my rental car.

The piazza was peaceful and beautifully lit, as was the restaurant. Acireale is a gem of a town, and I wish we had stayed there in town instead of the agriturismo in the country, as we went back multiple times to eat and stroll. There was plenty of activity in the pizzeria, but no one rushed us through our meal. We dined on the same fare that I had ordered almost every night for 10 nights straight (I am a pizza nut): big salad, pizza, red house wine, acqua frizzante. The pizza was one of the memorable ones of the week, with eggplant, and I finished the whole pie. The wife had a pizza with prosciutto cotto, which she almost polished off. Everything was great, the server was pleasant and suggested a place nearby to get a granita after dinner.

One more thing...this place had the best bread I have tasted in years. I typically avoid eating bread and save the room for pizza. But this was impossible to do with such crusty deliciousness. I mentioned it to the server, and she insisted on taking me inside to see the big oven where they bake the bread daily on site. They were rightfully proud of the bread, and should be proud of the rest too. I would go back to this place in a heartbeat. Plenty of charm and very good food/value.

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Thank Charles D
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vecchia-aci, Proprietario at Vecchia Aci, responded to this reviewResponded February 12, 2015
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Quando hai trovato posti belli dove dormire e dove mangiare ops....la vacenza è finita PAZIENZA ottimo motivo per ritornare

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Reviewed August 28, 2014

Acireale is not an easy place to holiday as an English speaker but this restaurant was both friendly and the food was well prepared and tasty. The five of us ate outside in the park setting for the restaurant and all of us enjoyed our meals. They catered to change a recipe for the vegan amongst and were very polite about our needs. All our meals were tasty and well prepared. I'd recommend the restaurant to a friend.

Thank Dharugtraveller
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vecchia-aci, Proprietario at Vecchia Aci, responded to this reviewResponded September 2, 2014
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Essere apprezzati da turisti di altre nazioni è esilarante..aver appagato i vostri palati è stato per noi un vero piacere. Saremo felici di riaverVi nel nostro ristorante.

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Reviewed August 22, 2014 via mobile

We sat on the table for 30 minutes waiting for the waitress to take our order, even asked her several times for it. At the end we decided to go somewhere else. They were more worried about sitting new customers into the tables than attending the existing ones.

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vecchia-aci, Proprietario at Vecchia Aci, responded to this reviewResponded August 25, 2014
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Un buon padrone di casa, prima di servire accoglie gli ospiti, sperando nella tolleranza degli altri commensali, nonostante tutto ci scusiamo per il mancato servizio, cerchiamo di svolgere nel migliore dei modi il nostro servizio ma non sempre è facile.
A good landlord, before serving welcomes guests, hoping the tolerance of the other diners, in spite of all we apologize for the lack of service, we try to play in the best way our service but it is not always easy.
Mi scuso per il pessimo inglese

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Reviewed May 4, 2014 via mobile

Very good local food, you should definitely stop by. Full meal for 15 euros, wine included. Nice atmosphere as well. Thanks

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vecchia-aci, Proprietario at Vecchia Aci, responded to this reviewResponded May 6, 2014
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Esaudire le aspettative dei turisti che, nei loro viaggi, vanno alla ricerca della tipica e caratteristica cucina locale, è per noi una grande soddisfazione; speriamo di riaverVi presto nella nostra splendida città di Acireale ed alla "Vecchia Aci" a gustare altre specialità siciliane.

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Reviewed August 2, 2013

Our hotel receptionist recommended this restaurant to us. We loved it so much , we ate there every night of our stay. The food was excellent and the staff friendly. We sat outside in the square and enjoyed every mouthful.

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