Il Barcaiolo

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Sicilian

in Taormina

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 Mazzarò beach, it's celebrated for its sublimely fresh seafood, such as sweet gamberi rossi marinati agli agrumi (raw Mazzara shrimps served with citrus fruits) and sarde a beccaficu (stuffed sardines).

Leave room for the homemade cassata or deliciously naughty chocolate-and-orange mousse.