We were sent here on a strong recommendation from our hotel, Italian to Italian, that this was the real thing, good authentic fresh fish-based cuisine in Taormina - not easy... The menu, clearly aimed at combining the real thing with the tourist basics (WHO eats alla carbonara in places like this? Puh-lease!), tended to suggest otherwise, so we opted to listen to the waiter's off-menu suggestions, and went with them. Maybe we should have smelt a rat when he guided us away from the primi, and heavily towards the secondi, introducing us personally to the fish we would eat.
That said, the antipasti were exceptional, really among the best we have had in two weeks in Sicily, though not exactly cheap. However, we can take twenty euros for four crostini ai ricci, because these really were genuinely outstanding and original. However, the secondi (this is where restaurants make their big mark-ups, folks) were an overpriced let-down, not at all up to the billing, nor the standards set buy the antipasti.
We are starting to get the feeling that Taormina is a bit of a mug's game in general: too many tourists, too happy to eat what's put before them and to pay outsize bills to do so. Our advice is to blow your cash, if you must, on ridiculously priced aperitivi at the Grand Hotel Timeo (worth it, once, for the experience) and then head out of town, why not down the cable car to the Barcaiolo by the beach in Mazzarò - which served us far better and far more for a significantly smaller bill than we had here.
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