Taormina is not known for great restaurants. Pizza restaurants flourish whilst many of the others try to appeal to tourists with translations in all languages and pretty pictures of their dishes.
These places are not for us however we did manage to find a few gems.
Hidden under the trees in a small street that runs off Via Teatro Greco, La Tavernetta is perfect for lunch or dinner.

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Daily specials add to the menu choices.

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Pasta with clams and tomatoes was perfectly cooked.

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Stunning risotto with herbs and capers and peppers

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Our favourite-Tasty zucchini fritters with a pepperoncino sauce

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Ricciola involtini with deep fried mushrooms.
The service was excellent as was the food.
The limoncello bottle at the end of the meal, a treat!
Just outside the Messina Gate is the restaurant, L’Arco dei Cappuccini.
It is situated on a busy road but once seated in the garden and concentrating on the food, the noise is quickly forgotten.
Fish for dinner? One by one they are paraded.

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A fresh plate of raw tuna was a perfect starter. Light and fabulously tasty

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Tuna Carpaccio

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The chosen fish was then perfectly grilled and presented

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Expertly filleted, ready to eat
Simple, tasty and delicious.
For a stunning view and relaxing drinks, the terrace of the Grand Hotel Timeo cannot be beaten. Dinner here is a treat.
Insalata di porcini, simple and delicious, followed by a fabulous grilled fillet of swordfish with herb sauce or perfectly cooked fillet of veal with seasonal vegetables, cannot be beaten.

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Insalata di porcini.
The sommelier’s suggestions of a 2009 Tenuta di Regaleali Chardonnay and a 2005 Duca Enrico from the Duca di Salaparuta Winery, were excellent.

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A stunning night.
Eat
La Tavernetta
Via Timoleone,22
Taormina
Tel: +39 0942 23378
www.ristorantelatavernetta.eu
La Tavernetta
Ristorante L’Arco dei Cappuccini
Via dei Cappuccini,1
Taormina
Tel: +39 0942 24893
The Restaurant at Grand Hotel Timeo
Via Teatro Greco
Taormina
Tel: +39 0942 6270200
www.grandhoteltimeo.com