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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