Ionian Coast restaurants

Top Choice Sicilian in Taormina

Osteria Nero D’Avola

Not only does affable owner Turi Siligato fish, hunt and forage for his smart osteria, he'll probably greet you at your table, share anecdotes about the day's bounty and play a few tunes on the piano. Here, seasonal…
Top Choice Sicilian in Taormina

Il Barcaiolo

You'll need to book five days ahead come summer, when every buongustaio (foodie) and hopeless romantic longs for a table at this fabulous trattoria. Set snugly in a boat-fringed cove at the northern end of Mazzarò b…
Top Choice Sicilian in Catania

Mè Cumpari Turiddu

Old chandeliers, recycled furniture and vintage mirrors exude a nostalgic air at this quirky bistro-restaurant-providore, where tradition and modernity meet to impressive effect. Small producers and Slow Food sensib…
Top Choice Trattoria in Catania

Da Antonio

Humble yet quietly sophisticated, Da Antonio spoils food-lovers with well-priced, beautifully cooked food served by knowledgeable waitstaff. Despite having made inroads onto the tourist radar, it's still the kind of…
Trattoria in Catania

Trattoria di De Fiore

For over 50 years, septuagenarian chef Rosanna has been recreating her great-grandmother's recipes, including the best pasta alla Norma you'll taste anywhere in Sicily. Service can be excruciatingly slow, but for pa…
Seafood in Catania

Pescheria Fratelli Vittorio

Cats would kill for a table at Fratelli Vittorio, a cult-status eatery whose counter glistens with Catania's freshest fish and seafood. It's not surprising given that co-owner Giovanni is a fishmonger, handpicking t…
Trattoria in Catania

Le Tre Bocche

A fantastic Slow Food–recommended trattoria that takes pride in the freshest seafood and fish – so much so, they have a stand at La Pescheria market. Short pasta comes with wonderful sauces such as bottarga (fish ro…
Sicilian in Taormina

Osteria RossoDivino

With seating on an intimate, candlelit courtyard, this coveted nosh spot (book ahead!) is the passion project of siblings Jacqueline and Sara Ragusa. The day's offerings – written on a blackboard – are dictated by t…
Trattoria in Acireale

Trattoria La Grotta

Book ahead for a memorable, finger-licking experience at La Grotta, the best of Santa Maria la Scala's restaurants. As you enter you'll pass the fish counter, where your order is picked out and weighed before going …
Sicilian in Taormina

Tischi Toschi

With only a handful of tables, this family-run, Slow Food–acclaimed trattoria offers a level of creativity and attention to detail that's generally lacking in touristy Taormina. The limited menu changes regularly ba…