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Close to Mount Etna, the ancient, hilltop town of Taormina has a gloriously dramatic setting, with an ancient Greco-Roman theatre still in use today and sea cliffs plunging into the Mediterranean. Sicilian local produce is used to create an alchemy of flavours, combining Arabian and Mediterranean influences. You can eat superbly well here – discover Culture Trip’s top recommendations.
Tucked into an alley behind the Duomo, and also run by chef Pietro D’Agostino, Kisté is La Capinera’s less formal sibling. You’ll find it inside the 15th-century Casa Cipolla (Onion House), decorated with white arches, terracotta floors and exposed stone walls. There’s also a lovely outdoor terrace for balmy days and nights – a great place for aperitivo. D’Agostino’s dishes include homemade paccheri pasta with seafood and basil oil, or warm fish salad with capers and pea passata.
Michelin-starred Otto Geleng has an extraordinary setting, opposite the Greco-Roman theatre. It sits within a grand, park-surrounded 19th-century hotel that has hosted icons from Audrey Hepburn to Oscar Wilde – in fact, Truman Capote even lived here for two years. Chef Roberto Toro cooks up divine dishes for its notably short tasting menus. Favourites include the salted cod, and risotto with wild herbs, cuttlefish and lime.
Delfo Schiaffino is head chef at St George, under Heinz Beck – the three-Michelin-starred German chef. This stylish restaurant, in the Ashbee Hotel, has earned itself a Michelin Star for its creative ways with the finest local Sicilian produce. Dine on the likes of squid risotto and beef tartare under a pink Murano glass chandelier. The wine list has been carefully curated by a knowledgeable sommelier, so you know you are in good hands.
Bearing the name of its chef Andreas Zangerl, this restaurant offers a fusion of Italian and Asian dishes – think prawn tempura with vegetables, and pork in dark beer sauce. It is close to Taormina’s ancient amphitheatre and has the feel of an excellent neighbourhood restaurant, rather than a tourist trap. Nab a table in the simply decorated, bottle-lined dining room or under an orange tree on the sun-shaded terrace.
Not sorted your Sicilian stay yet? Browse and book the best hotels on the island – or pick a place for the most authentic experience. Explore the top things to see and do across the island and spend time relaxing on its most beautiful beaches. For more of Sicily’s cuisine, try the best local flavours in nearby Palermo.
Fancy exploring more of Italy? Foodies should book our four-day Mini Trip in Bologna or our five-day adventure in Puglia. After a longer getaway? Check out our Northern Italy or Southern Italytrips for an immersive experience travelling the region over 10 days.
This article is an update of one originally by Matthew Keyte.
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