This restaurant was exactly what we had wanted to find in Sicily. Chef Alessandro Russo covered our table with wonderful plates of typical local food, all cooked to perfection. As regular diners and previously disappointed at our hotel, we were very impressed. If this chef starts a cookery school, I'll be the first guest!!! They are not open for dinner on Mondays but at other times dinner tends to be at 8pm.
The menu is fixed with a huge variety of platters brought to each table, there being fish one day and meat another. Chef and his waiter explained the content of each dish and occasionally my dictionary assisted. The set menu had 4 courses and included local wine and coffee, followed by a citrus drink and grappa was offered too. We paid 50 eu per couple for the all-inclusive meat and vegetable meal and another night, 70 eu per couple for the fish meal.
We were introduced to other diners, New Zealanders, Americans and Israelis - all well-travelled people, sharing experiences. There was even a birthday treat for one guest and bubbly was distributed all round and we sang 'Happy Birthday! Alessandro's daughter had a birthday party on another evening and the elevated dining room with its high beamed ceiling was filled with happy voices.
The meals made our holiday really special and I loved walking up the low-lit staircase from the car park to the house with fragrant jasmine flowers lining the way. Jasmine always reminds me of holidays. We spoke to guests about their stay at the hotel and they were all very happy. We will return and make this accommodation part of a Sicily tour, which some guests were doing by train and loved the experience.
We wish Alessandro Russo and assistants well at Antico Borgo Agriturismo. They certainly deserve it! The restaurant can be found by turning right (see white small restaurant sign for Antico Borgo) on the main road in Pasteria (Calatabiano) just after the Aqip petrol garage (on the right). Access to the car park and house is at the end of the road on the right. There is a sports pitch, floodlit in the evenings, on the left side. It is easier to find in the daylight initially.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Old renovated farmhouse located between Taormina, mount Etna and Giardini Naxos beach, 5 minutes by car from the beach, immersed in big lemon and orange garden under the complete view of Etna. Free WI-FI in all the structure and rooms, free indoor parking,Jogging path in the garden. The farmhouse organizes daily trips to Etna with departure from the farm. Buffet breakfast with fresh and genuine produce (honey, marmalades, cakes and croissant home made, fresh fruit and orange juice of the garden, coffe cappuccino etc). Typical traditional restaurant upon reservation. Very spacious rooms feature air conditioning & heating, minibar, coffee/tea boilers, handmade toiletries, sleepers, large windows open onto sea, Etna and lemon garden views, free wifi in all rooms and entire structure. It also has family rooms and apartment with kitchen for families and groups. Every day cleaning service in all the rooms. Wedding hall, banquet parties and events. Excursions on Etna with private guide and departure from the structure. Ideal location to visit Etna (35km), just 20 minutes drive from Taormina, 15 km from "Gole dell'Alcantara", ideal to visit Acireale, Aci Trezza and Catania, just 5 minutes from Giardini Naxos San Marco beach., Antico Borgo farmhouse is completely immersed in the garden, outside the village of Calatabiano, 300 mt away from railway station. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Antico Borgo Agriturismo B&B Sicily/Calatabiano, Italy