Taormina is the ideal place to celebrate a special moment of your life with your loved one. If you are going to travel to Taormina you’ll discover that every corner is poetic and magical. Every year thousands and thousands of travellers from all over the world choose to enjoy its charm and its beauty. Perched on a hill with a breathtaking view on the Ionian sea, Giardini Naxos and Mount Etna overlooking the majestic landscape, Taormina has always attracted poets, writers and artists. A fan of my FB page chose Taormina to celebrate his 25th wedding anniversary and asked me for some advice on the best romantic restaurants to make his moment even more magical. Taormina is not cheap, but those who visit it already know. It is a very touristic place and extremely exclusive. You will have unforgettable moments in such a beautiful heaven on earth.
1. AL SARACENO. Via Madonna della Rocca, 16/18. Website.
This restaurant on the promontory is located under the Saracen castle. You can enjoy one of the most stunning views of Taormina. Food is unique. Book a table on the terrace (if possible ask for a place in the front row) and try to get on time to enjoy the sunset. Your eyes will thank you. Choose fish or meat dishes, but I’ve ever tasted meat here. If you want to taste appetizers I recommend Mixed Fish starter Saraceno style with anchovies, shrimps, octopus, dried cod, oil, lemon, parsley, vinegar or mixed fried seafood. Couscous, Spaghetti with tuna roe and lemon and Spaghetti “Aeolian style” with toasted soft part of bread are the best firs course. Mixed grilled fish is very good. Otherwise you can choose a pizza. There is the Madonna della Rocca sanctuary near Al Saraceno restaurant. This sanctuary is carved into the rock and you can see Corso Umberto, the Greek theater and Isola Bella from here!
2. LA CAPINERA. Via Nazionale Spisone 177. Website.
This is one of my favorite restaurants for a fine dining in Taormina. The Sicilian flavors are enhanced in a sublime way thanks to the skills of the chef Pietro D’Agostino. It is a Michelin-starred restaurant. Fish is fresh and the crudités are excellent. There are 2 fixed menus: the first one is €75 per person and includes 6 courses (excluding wine which costs a lot), the latter is €90 and includes about 9 courses. You can also choose to have dinner a la carte. Each course costs no less than €20. I love paccheri (which is a kind of pasta) with shrimp, clams and baked tomatoes (it is approximately €22), the Grand Mixture of fish and shellfish with salt (about €25) and or grouper chops. You will pay no less than €100 per person, if you choose the fixed menu.
3. RISTORANTE I 5 ARCHI. Via S. Giovanni Bosco, 15.
It is a very elegant restaurant right on Piazza ix Aprile overlooking the sea. The specialty is fish, so I recommend to try mixed fried fish, tagliatelle with lobster, risotto with shrimp, asparagus and saffron, and bream with almonds. Sublime.
4. BELMOND GRAND HOTEL TIMEO. Via Teatro Greco, 59. Website.
I decided to put the Timeo Restaurant, which belongs to Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo, on my list not for its food (which I have ever tasted), but for the stunning view you can enjoy from its terrace. I visited Timeo to have a cocktail after work. The price is about €25 and it is hard to describe the view using words. You could consider to have a cocktail too. If you want to have dinner a dear friend of mine told me the food is good, but it paid more than €180 per person for 2 appetizers and 2 pastas. It is certainly not a cheap restaurant.
5. ST. GEORGE RESTAURANT. Via San Pancrazio 46. Website.
This is a magical place overlooking the Ionian Sea (book a table on the terrace) and the food is yummy. The price is no less than €75 per person. The view is amazing and it really makes your moment super romantic! The restaurant belongs to Hotel Ashbee. I tasted swordfish cooked on olive wood and Mokkaccino coconut with Modica chocolate and cookies.
6. VILLA ANTONIO. Via Luigi Pirandello, 88. Website.
Villa Antonio is a restaurant in a beautiful patrician villa with an incredible view. Mediterranean food with flavors at their best! There are a few tables all around an old well. Everything is chic here. A bottle of wine is about €60. You will pay no less than €150 per person without wine. Swordfish ravioli and cous cous are delicious. I didn’t try desserts because they were too expensive (one dessert was €15).
7. VINERIA MODÍ TAORMINA. Via Calapitrulli, 13. Website.
Vineria Modí Taormina is a lovely restaurant in a small street in the center of Taormina. The atmosphere is nice and warm. Food is excellent as well as the quality / price ratio. I tasted linguine with shrimps, pasta with prawns and basil pesto, and tuna crusted with pistachio. First course are from €15 up. You can have dinner paying approximately €70. As always, a bottle of wine can be very expensive!
8. IL BARCAIOLO. Via Castelluccio, 43. Website.
What could be more romantic than a dinner in a bay right by the sea, on the beach of Mazzarò? Il Barcaiolo has an incredible view of the beach and fresh food! Try spaghetti with clams, linguine with seafood or pasta with swordfish, cherry tomatoes and capers as first course. I love the mixture of grilled fish. To get there you have to go down the steps. The dishes are plentiful, not minimal.
9. A’ ZAMMÀRA. Via F.lli Bandiera, 15.
A’ Zammàra restaurant is in the heart of Taormina. It does not have a sea view but dining in the garden with orange trees is priceless. There are lanterns hanging from the trees and candles that makes the atmosphere truly magical You can also enjoy a soft background music. Very romantic! I tasted linguine with shrimps and pistachios, delicious baked crepes with lobster, sauce and fresh tomato. Swordfish rolls are so yummy and €100 per 2 people is a really good price for dining!
10. TRATTORIA DA NINO. Via Luigi Pirandello, 37. Website.
Trattoria da Nino is a very rustic restaurant, but often I choose it to celebrate events like birthdays. I like salad of seafood, linguine with shrimps and pistachio, pappardelle with truffles and shrimps and bream in a crust of bread. Book a table on the terrace overlooking the sea. The dishes are plentiful. I think it is not intimate like the other restaurants because the tables are very close and, for this reason, it would be better you to choose to have dinner in the terrace.
NOTE: Book a table in advance!
This is my list of the best romantic restaurant in Taormina to celebrate a special day, not to have dinner every night (except for Trattoria da Nino).
Which one would you like to try? 🙂